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Imagery and Expectations for International Disaster Response

Oct. 30, 2015—Nathan Clark is a PhD Fellow at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis, and the Changing Disasters project at the Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research.  His Article examines the development and contributions of the Charter on Cooperation to Achieve the Coordinated Use of Space Facilities in the...

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Professional Standards and Legal Standard Setting: INSARAG, FMTs, and International Disaster Relief Volunteers

Oct. 30, 2015—Professor Kirsten Bookmiller, Director of the Global Partnerships Initiative, Center for Disaster Research and Education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, participated in a panel discussion on Responses to International Disasters at the 2015 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Symposium. Her related article addresses the regulation of international disaster relief volunteers. When natural disasters strike, a...

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Understanding the Hard/Soft Distinction in International Law

Oct. 30, 2015—Arnold Pronto is a Senior Legal Office at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs and a Member of the Secretariat of the International Law Commission. His article discusses the “Hard/Soft” distinction in international law. A common characterization employed in contemporary international law is that between “hard” and “soft” law. A determination that an instrument...

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Challenges for “Affected States” in Accepting International Disaster Aid: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Oct. 30, 2015—Elizabeth Katchka is Counselor to the Chief Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel, FEMA. Her article discusses the International Law Commission (ILC) draft articles on the protection of persons in the event of disasters, which purport to “facilitate an adequate and effective response to disasters that meets the essential needs of the persons concerned,...

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International Organizations and Customary International Law

Jun. 16, 2015—2014 Jonathan J. Charney Distinguished Lecture in Public International Law Presented at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 4, 2014  

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Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework

Jun. 16, 2015—The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain and Europe has grown in recent years as a result of international migration, and European institutions have grown increasingly concerned with eradicating the practice. According to the European Parliament, approximately 500,000 girls and women living in Europe have undergone FGM and are suffering with the lifelong...

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Predictive Due Process and the International Criminal Court

Jun. 16, 2015—The International Criminal Court (ICC) operates under a regime of complementarity: a domestic state prosecution of a defendant charged before the ICC bars the Court from hearing the case unless the state is unable or unwilling to prosecute the accused. For years, scholars have debated the role of due process considerations in complementarity. Can a...

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Explaining Inhumanity: The Use of Crime-Definition Experts at International Criminal Courts

Jun. 16, 2015—International criminal courts must not only decide the guilt or innocence of defendants in immensely serious cases, but also make good law in the process. To help them do so, these courts have turned to experts. This Article identifies a type of expert witness that, thus far, has escaped scholarly attention: the crime-definition expert. Crime-definition...

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What Do You Do When They Don’t Say “I Do”? Cross-Border Regulation for Alternative Spousal Relationships

Jun. 16, 2015—Marriage is a local arrangement with international effects. Throughout the Western world, a marriage recognized as valid by the parties’ home country is usually considered valid and binding in any other country. This recognition carries substantial benefits. In sharp contrast, unwed couples and some married couples, namely same-sex couples, are denied these benefits due to...

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Functions of Freedom: Privacy, Autonomy, Dignity, and the Transnational Legal Process

Jun. 16, 2015—What is the function of freedom for the transnational legal process? This Article answers this question through the lens of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis and the deeply inconsistent international legal arguments presented by each side of the conflict. These inconsistencies suggest that criticism of international law as purely political pretense has merits. The Article shows...

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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.

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.