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CEDAW and Treaty Compliance: Promoting Access to Modern Contraception

Apr. 26, 2018—Modern contraception is widely recognized as a crucial component of family planning services and is recognized as a reproductive right under international human rights law. However, unmet need for contraception remains high, as many women in the developing world lack access to family planning services. This Note examines the role of the Committee on the...

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Tweet to Defeat Government Bribes: Limiting Extraterritorial Jurisdiction under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to Combat Global Corporate Corruption

Apr. 26, 2018—Congress enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the 1970s to address the rampant bribery of foreign officials by US companies. Because that resulted in a competitive disadvantage to US companies in the global corporate community, Congress amended the Act to add § 78dd-3, which extended the FCPA’s jurisdiction to foreign entities and individuals...

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The Gap-Filling Role of Private Environmental Governance: A Case Study of Semiconductor Supply Chain Contracting

Apr. 26, 2018—Three of the principal international agreements that govern various aspects of hazardous substances or wastes are not legally binding on American companies because the US Congress has not passed the requisite implementing legislation. The failure of American companies to meet or exceed the standards set forth in these agreements, although not legally mandated, could be...

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Water Management on the Brahmaputra and the Applicability of the UNECE Water Convention

Apr. 26, 2018—The Brahmaputra River is one of the world’s largest transboundary waterways, yet it lacks a coherent, international management framework. The river, which flows from China through India and into Bangladesh, has been subject to decades of stalled negotiations, gamesmanship, and stop-gap oversight measures. As climate change and population growth place new stressors on the Brahmaputra...

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Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Structural Violence & International Responsibility

Apr. 26, 2018—This Article challenges the conventional understanding that international crises are limited to instances of direct physical violence. Instead, it argues that the disproportionate distribution of infectious diseases like Ebola is a form of structural violence that warrants international intervention. In the field of global public health, structural violence is a concept used to describe health...

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Made in Misery: Mandating Supply Chain Labor Compliance

Mar. 1, 2018—Virtually all consumer products in the developed world are produced in supply chain factories abroad. Media exposés periodically reveal the deplorable working conditions in factories that produce products for world-renowned brands. Public institutions, however, tend to be too weak to enforce local labor laws in the prime jurisdictions for supply chain manufacturing, and the recent...

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Constructing a “Creative Reading”: Will US State Cannabis Legislation Threaten the Fate of the International Drug Control Treaties?

Mar. 1, 2018—While marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the United States, state-level efforts to legalize cannabis have gained enormous momentum in recent years. The federal government, which possesses only limited power to stop this trend, has responded by grudgingly allowing such efforts to proceed, maintaining that its inaction on the issue comports with the...

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Regulating Geoengineering: Applications of GMO Trade and Ocean Dumping Regulation

Mar. 1, 2018—Geoengineering—the deliberate, large-scale manipulation of the environment—is being increasingly considered as an emergency solution to curb global warming, as efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have largely proved inadequate. This Note explores one form of proposed geoengineering: solar radiation management, which contemplates spraying reflective particles into the stratosphere to cause a global cooling effect. Geoengineering...

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When Genealogy Matters: Intercountry Adoption, International Human Rights, and Global Neoliberalism

Mar. 1, 2018—“Those who believe in children’s human rights need to promote children’s basic human right to be liberated from the conditions under which they live in orphanages or on the street and to grow up with parents who can provide the loving nurturing that is essential for human flourishing.” — Elizabeth Bartholet “In short, there is...

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Chinese Legal Development Assistance: Which Rule of Law? Whose Pragmatism?

Mar. 1, 2018—China is both a recipient and a donor of foreign development aid. As a donor state, China insists that it does not interfere in the internal affairs of foreign states, and it criticizes Western human rights conditionality and rule of law advocacy in development cooperation. Due to this non-interventionist posture, Chinese foreign development aid is...

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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.