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The Case for GMOs: Dealing with Clashes between Property Rights and Health and Safety Concerns

A comparative analysis of international decisions concerning genetically modified organism (GMO) controversies reveals the judicial inconsistency that is often applied to the property rights of GMO producers and researchers. Courts often find that there are strong property right interests in GMOs, but when these rights clash with health and safety concerns, they are often minimized...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


Gene Editing and the Rise of Designer Babies

Nearly as long as human beings have existed on this earth, many people have sought out the ideal of perfecting their population: infanticide in Sparta during the Hellenistic era; compulsory sterilization in the 1920s in the United States; and the unimaginable atrocities of the Holocaust in the 1940s in Europe. The goal of alleged perfection...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , 1 Comment »


Executive Agreements Relying on Implied Statutory Authority: A Response to Bodansky and Spiro

Until recently, the law surrounding executive agreements has been a subject of attention from a relatively small number of academics concerned with foreign relations law, along with State Department lawyers who have a need to deploy the underlying concepts in concrete determinations. Then, with little advance warning, the Paris Agreement thrust legal doctrines surrounding executive...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Lecture, Left column, Responses, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , , No Comments »


The RCEP and Trans-Pacific Intellectual Property Norms

This Article examines the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with a focus on the intellectual property norms that it seeks to develop. The first half of the Article focuses on the RCEP Agreement as a mega-regional agreement. It begins by briefly discussing the historical origins of the RCEP. It then explores three possible scenarios in...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , , No Comments »


What Will China Do When Land Use Rights Begin to Expire?

China does not permit the private ownership of land. Instead, private parties may obtain the right to use property for up to seventy years. These parties own the structures on the land but not the underlying real estate. China’s recent economic boom hinges on the success of its real estate market, but the government has...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


You’re It! Tag Jurisdiction over Corporations in Canada

In September 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Chevron v. Yaiguaje, a case that legal commentators had been keeping an eye on for years. The Chevron case has spanned several decades as well as several continents, and the enforcement action in Ontario was the latest in a series of procedural moves...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , 1 Comment »


The Perks of Being a Whistleblower: Designing Efficient Leniency Programs in New Antitrust Jurisdictions

This Article develops a framework for effective leniency policy design in jurisdictions that have limited or no mileage enforcing antitrust laws. Through an extensive review of legal and economic studies of leniency and comparative analysis, the Article identifies hurdles common to young systems that may be tackled with analogous solutions. Some issues simply require a...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 50 No. 3, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


A Plurilateral Investment Treaty: Marrying Trade and Investment to Re-Establish a Customary International Norm

Despite some inherent risks, foreign direct investment (FDI) is for some the preferred method of investment. The rising number of bilateral investment treaties governing FDI is merely reflective of this investment vehicle’s popularity. Since the early-nineteenth century, developed countries have sought to gain protection for investors engaging in these investment opportunities. One such protection, the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 50 No. 2, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , , , 1 Comment »


EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements: Modern Colonialism Disguised in Violation of the WTO

The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) nation-states are the most recent construct in a long history of developing countries’ dependency and reliance on developed European countries. Even though Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) are widely used by countries party to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the...... KEEP READING

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Humanitarian Intervention at the Margins: An Examination of Recent Incidents

Scholarship on humanitarian intervention is plentiful, but actual examples of state practice and opinio juris are sparse. Thus, critics conclude, the doctrine of humanitarian intervention has no legal basis in international law. This Article challenges this viewpoint. It does so by departing from the traditional framework of international law and adopting an alternative framework of...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 50 No. 2, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , 1 Comment »


The Right to Regulate in Investor–State Arbitration: Slicing and Dicing Regulatory Carve-Outs

This Article examines the “right to regulate” as the power of a sovereign state to adopt and maintain government measures for public welfare objectives. It explores how claims by foreign investors in investor–state dispute settlement (ISDS) may interfere with the state’s ability to regulate, and how the state can protect its right in international investment...... KEEP READING

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Exit Legitimacy

Although it is widely appreciated that rights of exit from a legal order can be important and valuable, there currently exists no adequate account of the relationship between exit rights and legitimacy. This Article cures that deficiency by describing the contribution made by exit rights to the legitimacy of a legal order—a contribution that I...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 50 No. 2, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , 1 Comment »


An International Model for Vicarious Liability in Franchising

Vicarious liability in the franchising context is a fundamental issue, both in the United States and foreign jurisdictions. With no all-encompassing, clear precedent in the United States, other nations’ approaches may provide lessons for American lawmakers and the U.S. franchising community. Together, the division between jurisdictions and the absence of uniform standards for imposing vicarious...... KEEP READING

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2017 Symposium News Bulletin

On Friday, February 17th, 2017, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law hosted its symposium titled Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law. By all accounts the event was a great success! The discussions were very thoughtful and generated great conversations between the panelists and the other attendees. With that in mind, the Journal wanted...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017 in Blog | Tags: No Comments »


Applying the Law of Proportionality to Cyber Conflict: Suggestions for Practitioners

This Note examines the applicability of the law of armed conflict, and particularly the concept of proportionality, to cyber attacks. After exploring deviations in terminology that may lead to confusion in the field, it considers the difficulties associated with applying an area of law first implemented in the post-World War II era to technologies that...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 50 No. 1, Volume 50, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »



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