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Treason in the Age of Terrorism: An Explanation and Evaluation of Treason’s Return in Democratic States

Jul. 10, 2012—Treason is an ancient crime, but it fell into disuse in most Western democratic states after World War II.  Now it is making a comeback with prosecutions or threatened prosecutions against a new type of enemy—accused terrorists—in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel.  In the postwar period, commentators wrongly argued that treason would...

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“Shelter Chic”: Can the U.S. Government Make it Work?

Jul. 10, 2012—This Note discusses government donations of seized counterfeit goods to charitable institutions and the implications of these practices.  The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) contributions to the Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort serve as a backdrop for important concepts.  In making these contributions, the CBP relied on its emergency authority and a...

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NAFTA Cross-Border Trucking: Mexico Retaliates After Congress Stops Mexican Trucks at the Border

Jul. 10, 2012—The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entitles Mexican tractor-trailers to enter the U.S. to deliver cargo from Mexico.  In spite of NAFTA, the U.S. has only allowed Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. during a controversial demonstration project that granted U.S. operating licenses to a select number of Mexican trucks during the Bush...

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Establishing an Aggressive Legal Framework for the Future of Wind Energy in Europe

Jul. 10, 2012—Europe is the world’s frontrunner in wind energy, and European governments are committed to aiding renewable energy entrepreneurs and investors. In April 2009, the EU passed a new Climate Action Directive.  The Directive set goals for both increased use of renewable energy and decreases in greenhouse gas emissions.  Despite this legislative success, the Climate Action...

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The Crisis of International Law

Jul. 10, 2012—This Article delves into the reasons for the current crisis in the traditional international law system, considering how the system developed through the centuries in order to respond to the needs and circumstances of past historical epochs, as well as how the system is no longer capable of meeting the unique developments and needs of...

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UNaccountable? The United Nations, Emergency Powers, and the Rule of Law

Jul. 10, 2012—For a body committed to the rule of law in theory, the applicability of the rule of law to the United Nations in practice remains oddly unclear.  This Article will not consider the personal responsibility of UN officials, who generally enjoy personal or functional immunity from legal process in the territories where they work. Rather...

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Sanctions, Countermeasures, and the Iranian Nuclear Issue

Jul. 10, 2012—The international community’s response to Iran’s nuclear development program highlights the sometimes complex legal relationship between the UN system of collective security and the rights of states to take unilateral countermeasures under the law of state responsibility.  It also raises a number of important questions about (a) the discretion afforded to states in the interpretation...

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Journal is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Editors. Complete-Masthead-2018-2019

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.