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Do Norms Still Matter? The Corrosive Effects of Globalization on the Vitality of Norms

Jul. 23, 2012—Why does the process of globalization undermine the power of social norms to regulate behavior?  Norms are the social regularities that shape individual behavior and help to create vibrant—or dysfunctional—communities.  Most theories of norms do not account for the many ways that globalization affects the foundations of norms.  This Article fills the gap by developing...

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Liberating the Individual from Battles between States: Justifying Party Autonomy in Conflict of Laws

Jul. 23, 2012—Current theories of conflict of laws have one common feature: they all consider the question of the applicable law in terms of a conflict between states.  Legal systems are seen as fighting with each other over the application of law to a certain case.  From this perspective, the goal of conflicts methods is to assign...

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The Challenges and Risks of Creating Independent Regulatory Agencies: A Cautionary Tale from Brazil

Jul. 23, 2012—Between 1996 and 2002, the Brazilian government established independent regulatory agencies (IRAs) for electricity, telecommunications, oil, gas, and other infrastructure sectors as part of a very ambitious privatization program.  Following the formulas advocated internationally, Brazilian IRAs have institutional guarantees of independence, such as fixed and staggered terms of office for commissioners, congressional approval of presidential...

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Trade, Empires, and Subjects—China-Africa Trade: A New Fair Trade Arrangement, or the Third Scramble for Africa?

Jul. 23, 2012—Since 2000, the interest of the People’s Republic of China (China) in Africa has grown steadily.  Trade between China and Africa has grown exponentially.  China-Africa trade volume increased from $10 billion to $18 billion between 2000 and 2003.  In 2005, total trade between Africa and China surged to $40 billion, and in 2006 China-Africa trade...

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Authorizing Subnational Constitutions in Transitional Federal States: South Africa, Democracy, and the KwaZulu-Natal Constitution

Jul. 23, 2012—Not all federal systems permit their constituent units to adopt constitutions.  This Article considers whether, and under what circumstances, subnational constitutions tend to contribute to the volatility or stability of their respective federal systems.  By examining the role that subnational constitutions played in South Africa’s celebrated democratization, this Article observes that a transitional federal state...

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Looking Beyond the Dabhol Debacle: Examining its Causes and Understanding its Lessons

Jul. 23, 2012—This Note analyzes foreign direct investment in India, looking into the investment troubles surrounding the Dabhol power project, India’s largest foreign investment project to date.  After providing an introduction to the mechanics of project finance and a backdrop to the Dabhol power project, the Note considers whether the Indian government’s actions, specifically the use of...

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Voodoo Economics: A Look Abroad for a Supply-Side Solution to America’s Campaign-Finance Riddle

Jul. 23, 2012—The title of this Note—“voodoo economics”—is, at its core, an analogy: U.S. campaign-finance regulation operates like a price ceiling in the political money marketplace. Political campaigns are financed through money-for-access transactions and campaign-finance regulation caps the level of exchange. Like any other price ceiling, regulation is both effective and flawed. It suppresses the “price” of...

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A Coherent Policy Proposal for U.S. Residence-Based Taxation of Individuals

Jul. 23, 2012—Taxation of the worldwide income of U.S. citizens has been a feature of the U.S. income tax since the Revenue Act of 1913.  This Article proposes that the United States abandon its imposition of income tax based on citizenship and institute a new system for taxing individuals based solely on residence.  This includes (1) a...

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Duress, Demanding Heroism, and Proportionality

Jul. 23, 2012—This Article discusses the Erdemovic case in order to examine whether duress should be a defense to a crime against humanity.  Although the Article contends that the arguments in favor of permitting the defendant to claim duress weaken as the seriousness of the offense charged increases, the Article also argues that the duress defense should...

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Recapturing Public Power: Is Investment Arbitration’s Engagement of the Public Interest Contributing to the Democratic Deficit?

Jul. 23, 2012—Globalization has changed the way sovereign states regulate their societies.  The effect of globalization has been the creation of several international agreements that transfer decision-making from the national to the international level.  An important subset of these agreements is international investment treaties; an estimated 2,500 of these treaties have been entered into worldwide by a...

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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.

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.

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