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The International Reach of Criminal Copyright Infringement Laws—Can the Founders of The Pirate Bay Be Held Criminally Responsible in the United States For Copyright Infringement Abroad?

Aug. 25, 2016—Modern China is a major trading partner with and investor in Africa. This Note examines its relationships with Nigeria and South Africa to evaluate whether the benefits they receive from Chinese involvement, like infrastructure or access to consumer goods, are outweighed by costs such as worsened corruption. It next discusses legal measures these countries have...

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Riding a “Friendly Elephant”? How African Nations Can Make the Best of Economic Partnership with China

Aug. 25, 2016—Modern China is a major trading partner with and investor in Africa. This Note examines its relationships with Nigeria and South Africa to evaluate whether the benefits they receive from Chinese involvement, like infrastructure or access to consumer goods, are outweighed by costs such as worsened corruption. It next discusses legal measures these countries have...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Death-Knell of Generic Pharmaceuticals?

Aug. 8, 2016—As global commerce continues to expand, many states find international trade agreements to be a useful tool to facilitate this continued expansion. Trade agreements permit developing or poorer nations to establish robust, mutually beneficial trade relationships with powerful economies such as the United States. In the face of regional competition from China, several nations bordering...

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From Nuremberg to Kenya: Compiling the Evidence for International Prosecutions Criminal

Aug. 8, 2016—The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has encountered significant difficulty in conducting investigations. Faced with violence on the ground, witnesses who fear repercussions, and limitations on resources, the Prosecutor has turned to relying on secondary forms of evidence, such as the reports of NGOs and other third-party information providers. This Note argues that the...

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Stopping the Circling Vultures: Restructuring a Solution to Sovereign Debt Profiteering

Jan. 30, 2016—Elisa Beneze is a third-year student at Vanderbilt University Law School. Her Note uses the sovereign debt crisis in Argentina to explore the larger problem of hedge funds that engage in sovereign debt profiteering. When a sovereign state becomes unable to repay its debts and enters into default, an ideal outcome involves a quick and...

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If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: The U.S. Solution to the Issue of Corporate Inversions

Nov. 30, 2015—Scott DeAngelis is a J.D./Ph.D. candidate studying Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University Law School. His note addresses corporate inversions. There is an old proverb, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” that suggests that those who cannot win against some group should stop fighting and instead band together with them. It seems clear that...

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Agreement in Principle: A Compromise for Activist Shareholders from the UK Stewardship Code

Jun. 16, 2015—Equity ownership in the United States and Europe is now highly concentrated in the hands of institutional investors, which gives rise to new problems of agency and corporate governance. These large investment intermediaries, such as mutual funds, specialize in maximizing beneficial owner value based on short-term performance benchmarks but lack the expertise and incentive to...

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Who Speaks for the Fish? The Tragedy of Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy

Jun. 16, 2015—The Common Fisheries Policy, enacted in 1983 as the European Union’s primary overfishing regulation scheme, is widely regarded as a failure. Vast overexploitation in Europe’s fisheries persists thirty years later, posing grave ecological consequences as well as economic devastation to Europe’s fishing industry. In 2013, the EU overhauled the Common Fisheries Policy and enacted measures...

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The Future of Sharia Law in American Arbitration

Jun. 16, 2015—A rising tide of Islamophobia in the United States has led, in recent years, to state-level efforts to prohibit the application of Sharia law in American courts. While these bans have been largely unsuccessful as legislation—the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has even declared one such ban unconstitutional—the growing uneasiness among Americans regarding the...

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Confused, Frustrated, and Exhausted: Solving the U.S. Digital First Sale Doctrine Problem Through the International Lens

Mar. 29, 2015—Users worldwide enjoy digital goods such as music and e-books on a daily basis. They have become a major part of people’s lives, with uses ranging from lighthearted entertainment to serious educational pursuits. In many cases, convenience and affordability make digital goods more preferable than their analog counterparts. However, users often cannot use digital goods...

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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.

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