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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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Hate Speech and Persecution: A Contextual Approach

Apr. 11, 2013—Scholarly work on atrocity-speech law has focused almost exclusively on incitement to genocide. But case law has established liability for a different speech offense: persecution as a crime against humanity (CAH). The lack of scholarship regarding this crime is puzzling given a split between the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal...

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Stateless in the United States: Current Reality and a Future Prediction

Apr. 11, 2013—Statelessness exists in the United States——a fact that should be of concern to advocates of strict immigration control as well as those who favor a more welcoming policy. The predominant reasons for statelessness include the presence of individuals who are unable to prove their nationality and the failure of their countries of origin to recognize...

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Lexis Nexus Complexus: Comparative Contract Law and International Accounting Collide in the IASB––FASB Revenue Recognition Exposure Draft

Apr. 11, 2013—U.S. and international accounting-standard setters plan to launch a new, global revenue accounting standard, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, in 2013. Poised at the nexus of comparative contract law and international accounting, the proposal’’s contract-based revenue recognition model creates new legal risks and opportunities for accountants, lawyers, clients, and financial statement users. Despite its focus...

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Beyond Regulation: A Comparative Look at State-Centric Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law in China

Apr. 11, 2013—Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is often understood as the voluntary actions firms take beyond legal compliance. However, in recent years, governments around the world have also begun to actively promote CSR, reflecting broader governance trends that embrace “soft law,” quasi-voluntary standards, and other novel incentives to move companies toward and beyond minimum regulatory goals. Comparative...

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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.

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