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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Death-Knell of Generic Pharmaceuticals?

Aug. 8, 2016—As global commerce continues to expand, many states find international trade agreements to be a useful tool to facilitate this continued expansion. Trade agreements permit developing or poorer nations to establish robust, mutually beneficial trade relationships with powerful economies such as the United States. In the face of regional competition from China, several nations bordering...

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From Nuremberg to Kenya: Compiling the Evidence for International Prosecutions Criminal

Aug. 8, 2016—The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has encountered significant difficulty in conducting investigations. Faced with violence on the ground, witnesses who fear repercussions, and limitations on resources, the Prosecutor has turned to relying on secondary forms of evidence, such as the reports of NGOs and other third-party information providers. This Note argues that the...

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An International Commission of Inquiry for the South China Sea?: Defining the Law of Sovereignty to Determine the Chance for Peace

Aug. 8, 2016—The multilateral territorial dispute over the South China Sea has intensified in recent years. In response, some observers endorse the apparent turn to “lawfare” on display in the ongoing Philippines v. China arbitration, conducted under Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Yet the limited subject matter of this...

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Paradise Lost: Can the European Union Expel Countries from the Eurozone?

Aug. 8, 2016—There was a time, not too long ago, when the introduction of the euro was hailed as a tremendous success. Yet the Eurozone now faces an existential crisis. A number of member states have, since 2008, been prevented from defaulting on their sovereign debt only by massive bailouts. Greece has teetered on the verge of...

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“Measuring” the Erosion of Academic Freedom as an International Human Right: A Report on the Legal Protection of Academic Freedom in Europepdf

Aug. 8, 2016—This Article reports and comments on the results of an assessment of the legal protection of the right to academic freedom (an examination of its factual protection to be undertaken at a future point) in EU member states, having examined these countries’ constitutions, laws on higher education, and other relevant legislation. The assessment relied on...

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Stopping the Circling Vultures: Restructuring a Solution to Sovereign Debt Profiteering

Jan. 30, 2016—Elisa Beneze is a third-year student at Vanderbilt University Law School. Her Note uses the sovereign debt crisis in Argentina to explore the larger problem of hedge funds that engage in sovereign debt profiteering. When a sovereign state becomes unable to repay its debts and enters into default, an ideal outcome involves a quick and...

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Divided We Fall: How the International Criminal Court Can Promote Compliance with International Law by Working with Regional Courts

Jan. 30, 2016—Tatiana Sainati received her J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law. Ms. Sainati’s Article discusses the important role of interaction between regional courts and the International Criminal Court. Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections inflamed deep-seeded ethnic tensions in the country, sparking violence that left thousands dead and more than half-a-million civilians displaced. After the...

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The Club Approach to Multilateral Trade Lawmaking

Jan. 30, 2016—Nicolas Lamp is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. Professor Lamps Article analyzes the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) role at the center of an emerging structure of global economic governance. The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in October 2015 has attracted a great deal of media attention and political debate,...

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Should Courts Fear Transnational Engagement?

Jan. 30, 2016—Olga Frishman is a Golda Meir/Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ms. Frishman’s Article explores the idea that judicial citation of foreign law worries many people, including justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, politicians, and legal academics. The critics in the United States argue that judges “cherry-pick”...

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Should the Best Offense Ever Be a Good Defense? The Public Authority to Use Force in Military Operations: Recalibrating the Use of Force Rules in the Standing Rules of Engagement

Jan. 30, 2016—Colonel Gary P. Corn is a Judge Advocate in the United States Army, currently serving as Staff Judge Advocate for United States Cyber Command. Colonel Corn’s Article discusses the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Standing Rules of Engagement/Standing Rules for the Use of Force (SROE/SRUF) for U.S. Forces. The SROE/SRUF provides strategic guidance to the armed...

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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.