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If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: The U.S. Solution to the Issue of Corporate Inversions

Nov. 30, 2015—Scott DeAngelis is a J.D./Ph.D. candidate studying Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University Law School. His note addresses corporate inversions. There is an old proverb, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” that suggests that those who cannot win against some group should stop fighting and instead band together with them. It seems clear that...

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Beyond Known Worlds: Climate Change Governance by Arbitral Tribunals?

Nov. 30, 2015—Valentina Vadi is a Professor of International Economic Law at Lancaster University. Her article asks: Can economic development and the fight against climate change be integrated successfully? What role, if any, does international investment law play in global climate governance? Can foreign direct investments (FDI) be tools in the struggle against climate change? What types...

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Recognition and Enforcement in Cross-Border Insolvency Law: A Proposal for Judicial Gap-Filling

Nov. 30, 2015—Sandeep Gopalan is a Dean and Professor of Law at Deakin University. Michael Guihot is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Queensland University of Technology. Their article addresses the need to fill the gaps of cross-border insolvency law to increase efficiency, fairness, and predictability in insolvency proceedings. The globalization of business activity means that businesses...

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Illegally Evading Attribution? Russia’s Use of Unmarked Troops in Crimea and International Humanitarian Law

Nov. 30, 2015—Ines Gillich, Dr. iur (Ph.D. equivalent), Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. Her article discusses Russia’s use of Unmarked Troops in Crimea. The Crimean Crisis of February and March 2014 poses several questions to International Law. This Article explores one of them: Does the use of unmarked troops, soldiers in uniforms but without nationality insignia,...

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Capturing the Transplant: U.S. Antitrust Law in the European Union

Nov. 30, 2015—Silvia Beltrametti’s article analyzes the transplant of U.S. antitrust law into the regulatory regime created by the birth of the European Union. The article provides a framework to better understand how laws evolve within new regulatory entities. Antitrust enforcement has recently experienced a resurgence, with high profile cases involving tech corporations like Google and Microsoft...

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The Democratization of Energy

Oct. 30, 2015—Joseph Tomain is Dean Emeritus and a Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. His article discusses the “Democratization of Energy.” The electricity industry is changing in dramatic ways. Most significantly, as demonstrated by the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, the country is witnessing the merger of energy and environmental regulation....

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Fukushima’s Shadow

Oct. 30, 2015—Lincoln Davies is an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor at S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. Alexis Jones is a Quinney Research Fellow at S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. Their article discusses the March 11, 2011 tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan, which immediately...

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Nuclear Power, Risk, and Retroactivity

Oct. 30, 2015—Emily Hammond is Associate Dean for Public Engagement and a Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.  Her article discusses the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which presented a familiar scenario from a risk perception standpoint. It combined a classic “dread risk” (radioactivity), a punctuating event (the disaster itself), and resultant stigmatization (involving worldwide...

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Attribution of Conduct and Liability Issues Arising from International Disaster Relief Missions: Theoretical and Pragmatic Approaches to Guaranteeing Accountability

Oct. 30, 2015—Giulio Bartolini is an Associate Professor of International Law at Roma Tre University. Professor Bartolini’s Article analyzes legal issues related to harmful activities of international disaster relief personnel, focusing on two distinct issues. On the one hand, the analysis centers on internationally wrongful acts carried out by relief personnel and uncertainties related to the attribution...

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Beyond Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility: Corporate Human Rights Obligations to Prevent Disasters and to Provide Temporary Emergency Relief

Oct. 30, 2015—Anastasia Telesetsky is an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho. Her article discusses corporate social responsibility in the international disaster relief context. Much of the focus of the emerging field of International Disaster Law is on state responsibility. Yet the source of some disasters is the failure of corporations to address known risks created...

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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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