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Vol. 48 No. 4 Category

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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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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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.