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Tissue Tug-of-War: A Comparison of International and U.S. Perspectives on the Regulation of Human Tissue Banks

Jul. 23, 2012—Every day in the United States and around the world, patients and research participants at hospitals and doctors’ offices give biological samples, whether in the form of surgically removed cancer tissue or a routine blood sample.  Many of these patients are entirely unaware that their tissues were not thrown out as hazardous waste, and instead...

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The Regulation of DDT: A Choice between Evils

Jul. 23, 2012—DDT has the potential for great benefit and great harm.  It is currently the most efficient method for controlling malaria, particularly for those countries the disease affects most.  However, it also causes global pollution and damages the health of humans and wildlife.  These characteristics of DDT make regulating DDT difficult because they create a need...

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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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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.