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Ambivalence and Activism: Employment Discrimination in China

Jun. 28, 2012—Chinese courts have not vigorously enforced many human rights, but a recent string of employment discrimination lawsuits suggests that, given the appropriate conditions, advocacy strategies, and rights at issue, victims can vindicate constitutional and statutory rights to equality in court.  Specifically, carriers of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) have used the 2007 Employment Promotion Law...

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Green Jackets in Men’s Sizes Only: Gender Discrimination at Private Country Clubs

Jun. 28, 2012—On November 3, 2009, the Supreme Court of Ireland held that the Portmarnock Golf Club could maintain its rule prohibiting female membership free from the sanctions of Ireland’s antidiscrimination laws.  Portmarnock is representative of the numerous private golf clubs that continue to promote discrimination against women.  Despite significant advances in gender equality, private country clubs...

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The Double-Helix Double-Edged Sword: Comparing DNA Retention Policies of the United States and the United Kingdom

Jun. 28, 2012—Forensic scientists have used DNA profiling technologies to link suspects to crimes since Alec Jeffreys first proposed the idea in the 1970s.  Recognizing the potential for using DNA databases to solve crimes and to prevent future crimes, England and Wales attempted to greatly expand its DNA database by allowing for the collection and indefinite retention...

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Forced to Flee and Forced to Repatriate? How the Cessation Clause of Article 1C(5) and (6) of the 1951 Refugee Convention Operates in International Law and Practice

Jun. 28, 2012—The purpose of refugee law is to provide international protection for vulnerable people who are denied state protection.  In fulfilling this purpose, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and asylum states have different legal foundations and implementing materials.  When terminating refugee status and protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention Relating to the Status...

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Space Debris and Its Threat to National Security: A Proposal for a Binding International Agreement to Clean Up the Junk

Jun. 28, 2012—In 2007, a Chinese anti-satellite missile destroyed an aging weather satellite, creating millions of pieces of space debris.  In 2009, the collision of two satellites created thousands more.  By  2010, more than 95 percent of all man-made objects in Earth’s orbit were debris.  Such a sudden and massive addition to the space debris environment since...

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Building a Latin American Coalition on Forests: Negotiation Barriers and Opportunities

Jun. 28, 2012—Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is one of the most important and most contentious issues in global climate talks.  Deforestation talks have been fraught with many of the problems that plague international negotiations involving complex geopolitical and scientific components.  In these situations, small developing countries experience particular difficulties preparing and organizing to...

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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.

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