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The Use of Mortgage-Backed Securities in International Comparative Perspective: Lessons and Insights

Jul. 6, 2012—The secondary mortgage market in the United States has helped millions of people purchase homes over the past half century.  Following the burst of the real estate bubble and the credit crisis, it is important for American policymakers not to lose sight of the importance that the secondary mortgage market has played in increasing home...

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Standardizing the Principles of International Election Observation

Jul. 6, 2012—On October 27, 2005, thirty-two international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) signed the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, drafted with the assistance of the United Nations.  For nearly four decades before the signing of the Declaration, international election observation rapidly gained acceptance as a legitimate method of guaranteeing free and fair...

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Missed Opportunity: Congress’s Attempted Response to the World’s Demand for the Violence Against Women Act

Jul. 6, 2012—The Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Morrison struck down, as a violation of the Commerce Clause, § 13,981 of the Violence Against Women Act, that provided a private right of action for victims of gender-motivated violence to assert against their abusers.  However, § 13,981 should have been affirmed as implementing legislation designed to fulfill U.S. obligations...

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A Global Water Apartheid: From Revelation to Resolution

Jul. 6, 2012—It is well settled in international human rights law that a human right to water exists.  Nevertheless, to date, there has been little scholarship about what the practical contours of the right should be.  If legal tools are to benefit the world’s poor and disenfranchised, they cannot be void due to the impossibility of implementation. ...

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A Foothold for Real Democracy in Eastern Europe: How Instituting Jury Trials in Ukraine Can Bring About Meaningful Governmental and Juridical Reforms and Can Help Spread These Reforms Across Eastern Europe

Jul. 6, 2012—Ukraine has never had a criminal or civil jury trial despite the fact that the right to a criminal jury trial is guaranteed by Ukraine’s Constitution.  The lack of jury trials is one of the factors likely contributing to the corruption and deficiencies inherent in Ukraine’s judicial system.  This Article argues that Ukraine can and...

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Judicial Review under a British War Powers Act

Jul. 6, 2012—This Article considers how U.K. courts might exercise review under a hypothetical British “war powers act,” in the event that the current Labour Government or an incoming Tory one responds to calls to reform the Royal War Prerogative and Parliament passes such a statute.  The Article undertakes a comparative study, analyzing how U.S. courts apply...

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The Object and Purpose of a Treaty: Three Interpretive Methods

Jul. 6, 2012—This Article examines the three most prominent uses of the term “object and purpose” within the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and, in each instance, offers a new method for applying the term.  First, the rule that a treaty be interpreted “in light of” its object and purpose requires a process of 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.