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Food Safety and Security: What Tragedy Teaches Us about Our 100-Year-Old Food Laws

Aug. 10, 2012—The United States food safety system is antiquated and failing.  The laws that form the foundation of our food protection and govern the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were enacted over 100 years ago.[1] While some new powers were given to FDA with the Bioterrorism Act of...

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The Role of International Agreements in Achieving Food Security: How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Feed a Village?

Aug. 10, 2012—This Article discusses how international agreements impact the ability of science and technology to enhance food security.  International agreements, domestic laws, and regulations have the power to promote scientific research and the adoption of new technology through effective, efficient, and predictable science-based regulatory systems, or to impede development and adoption of new technology by miring...

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Empathizing with France and Pakistan on Agricultural Subsidy Issues in the Doha Round

Aug. 10, 2012—Among the most contentious issues (if not the most contentious issue) in the Doha Round negotiations are agricultural subsidies.  Developed countries stand accused of selfish adherence to domestic support and export subsidies that impoverish farmers in developing countries.  Developing countries are blamed for self-inflicted wounds, caused by stubborn adherence to protectionist policies, covering both agricultural...

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Legislative Implementation of the Food Chain Approach

Aug. 10, 2012—Food safety is an essential element of food security, since “adequate” food means food that is not only available, but also safe.  Food safety systems have traditionally focused on end-product testing, which is an unsatisfactory means of ensuring safe food.  An increasing focus on prevention has spurred interest in a food chain approach, which aims...

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Liberalizing Trade in Agriculture and Food Security–Mission Impossible?

Aug. 10, 2012—The Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) foresees that trade should be conducted with a view to raising standards of living.  It is undisputed that raising living standards contributes to the implementation of the right to food.  Indeed, state parties to the WTO have obligations regarding the right to food not only under the...

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Food Safety, South-North Asymmetries, and the Clash of Regulatory Regimes

Aug. 10, 2012—This Article explores the globalization of food safety concerns driven by the phenomenon of economic globalization, and the “legalization” of food safety disputes within the rules-based architecture of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Focusing on the interaction between WTO norms and the treaties of other multilateral organizations, the Article discusses the implications of the “clash...

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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.

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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

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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.