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Blood Diamonds and Non-State Actors

Nov. 8, 2013—The Kimberley Process did not end the major diamond wars, but it entirely changed the way the trade in rough diamonds was managed and reported. It made large transactions in illicit stones more difficult, and the very fact of the KP negotiations helped to starve rebel armies of weapons and ammunition. The KP was the...

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Constraining Targeting in Noninternational Armed Conflicts: Safe Conduct for Combatants Conducting Informal Dispute Resolution

Nov. 8, 2013—Margulies newSome evidence suggests that informal negotiators have been either targeted or become collateral damage in U.S. drone strikes. This evidence might be unreliable. However, if it is accurate, even in part, that should be a concern even for those who support the broad outlines of the U.S. targeting strategy. Responding to this concern, this...

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Constraining Global Corporate Power: A Short Introduction

Nov. 8, 2013—This Essay sets out three models of institutional constraint of global corporate power. First is private lawmaking, in which the non-state power of firms is countered by the non-state power of civil society organizations. Second are nonlegalized processes under public institutional umbrellas, in which public entities host standards-setting mechanisms. Finally, there is the prospect of...

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From the Gulf of Tonkin to Syria: The Limits of Legislative Entrenchment in AUMFs

Sep. 27, 2013—VJTL guest blogger Sam Kleiner is a student at Yale Law School, where he serves as an editor on the Yale Journal of International Law. He has a BA from Northwestern University and a DPhil from Oxford in International Relations. Overview: When Presidents want to take unpopular actions, such as starting a military conflict, they...

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Newton: “R2P is dead and done” due to response to Syria

Sep. 16, 2013—Professor Michael Newton discussed complications in handling the Syrian conflict with Vanderbilt students on Friday, September 13.  He said that the Russians will most likely continue to block a UN resolution that would authorize military force to protect civilians and that the UN effort called Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has failed. Newton is an expert...

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Top national security lawyer mentions VJTL in Lawfare post

Aug. 28, 2013—John Bellinger, a top national security lawyer, referred to an an article he wrote for VJTL in a blog post last summer.  Both the recent post and the article discuss the Samantar case, in which petitioners have sued a former Somali leader in the U.S. for human rights violations that occurred in Somalia. In the...

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Note: Coast Guard should adopt rules governing private contractors who defend ships from pirates

Aug. 28, 2013—Piracy has reemerged with a vengeance in the twenty-first century. Although it is confined primarily to the horn of Africa, piracy poses a significant problem to commercial shipping companies that need to traverse the Gulf of Aden for business. In response to modern-day piracy, ship owners have begun to employ privately armed contractors for protection....

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Losing the Forest for the Trees: Syria, Law, and the Pragmatics of Conflict Recognition

May. 29, 2013—The situation in Syria has the potential to become a pivotal moment in the development of the law of armed conflict (LOAC). The ongoing brutality serves as a reminder of the importance of extending international humanitarian regulation into the realm of non-international armed hostilities; however, the very chaos those hostilities produce reveals critical fault lines...

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Proportionality in Military Force at War’’s Multiple Levels: Averting Civilian Casualties vs. Safeguarding Soldiers

May. 29, 2013—To what lengths may a state go to protect its soldiers in war? May it design its military operations to further that goal if this significantly increases civilian casualties? International law currently offers no clear answers. Because recent wars have seen many states prioritize soldier safety over avoiding civilian casualties, spirited debate has arisen over...

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Civil Actions for Acts that Are Valid According to Religious Family Law but Harm Women’s Rights: Legal Pluralism in Cases of Collision Between Two Sets of Laws

May. 29, 2013—This Article analyzes the implications of legal pluralism when religious family law conflicts with state civil tort law. Refusal to grant a get (a Jewish divorce bill) in Jewish law, divorcing a wife against her will in Muslim Shari’a law, and bigamy and polygamy in Muslim Shari’a law are practices permitted by personal-religious family law...

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Journal is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Editors. View the complete masthead here.

Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Michael A. Newton’s 2016 VJTL Article entitled How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms  was cited by the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s November 2017 filing seeking investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.

May 2018 Issue on the Second Israel Defense Forces International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict. Read more about the Journal’s May 2018 issue here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Journal’s 50th Anniversary celebration on October 5, 2017! View photos from the event here and read about the Journal’s history here.

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The Journal is pleased to listed as the #5 International Law Journal by the 2017 Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings.

The Journal is very excited about the success of our February 2017 Symposium, “Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law.” Read more about our February 2017 Symposium here

Please join us in congratulating the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 2017-2018 Write-On Competition Winners.

Video is available from the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law’s 2015-2016 SymposiumThis is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters. Watch here.