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Mystery Date: Advocating for a Harmonized System of Expiration Date Labeling of Food

Americans throw out roughly 25 percent of the food they bring home. Negative perceptions associated with expiration dates are a leading cause for this waste. However, a complex patchwork of state-run regulatory regimes and varying terminology makes it difficult for consumers to determine whether a food product is unsafe to eat or simply past a...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 49 No. 5, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Up in the Cloud: Finding Common Ground in Providing for Law Enforcement Access to Data Held by Cloud Computing Service Providers

Cloud computing is an everyday part of the modern world; a technology that is increasingly transcending international borders. Disregarding international borders allows cloud computing to operate more efficiently and thus provides better service to users. Yet, the global nature of cloud computing raises a question—what happens if multiple countries apply facially similar laws to cloud...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 49 No. 5, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , No Comments »


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Protecting Cultural Heritage as a Means for International Peace, Security and Stability: The Case of ISIS, Syria and Iraq

Cultural aggression has become a strategy to obtain an advantage during war. In a deliberate and methodical pattern extremists have not only damaged and destroyed historical sites in Iraq and Syria, but they have also looted antiquities to raise money for their terrorist activities. In addition to degrading the victims’ identities, such acts decrease the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 5, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


Sharing and the City

The sharing of public infrastructure, the exchange of small services, and the traditional “cup of sugar borrowed from the neighbor” are practices intrinsic to most urban agglomerations. In the digital age, these sharing initiatives are facilitated by online platforms such as Feastly, Peerby, and HomeExchange. These platforms allow city residents to share the idle capacity...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 5, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


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Why China Established the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank

On January 16, 2016, China officially opened the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for business, representing what might be a seismic shift in economic power from the United States to China. The AIIB creates a challenge to the U.S.- dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), two venerable international financial institutions created at the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 5, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


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A Post-Millennial Inquiry into the United Nations Law of Self-Determination: A Right to Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession?

The present Article inquires whether a right to unilateral non-colonial (UNC) secession is grounded in the United Nations (UN) law of self-determination. The Article argues that peoples subjected to deliberate, sustained, and systematic human rights abuses in extremis (e.g., ethnic cleansing, mass killings, or genocide) by the existing state have an international customary law right...... KEEP READING

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 5, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , No Comments »


Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law, a Symposium

Issues surrounding sovereignty have received increasing attention over the last few years, most recently in Congress’s decision regarding Saudi Arabian immunity. The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law is hosting four panels that will explore the various facets of these issues, such as: the involvement of sovereigns in cyber-crime; terrorism financing, the immunity aspects of state...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2017 in Blog | No Comments »


Blog Post: Ukraine and the International Criminal Court

The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign the EU association agreement sparked pro-EU protests throughout Ukraine that culminated in the killings of and injuries to protesters who took to the streets to oppose government policies. In response to those dramatic events, the interim government of Ukraine, which was instituted after Yanukovych unexpectedly...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 in Blog | No Comments »


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Justice by Proxy: Combatting Forced Labor in the Greater Mekong Subregion by Holding U.S. Corporations Liable

Human trafficking in Southeast Asia is still a thriving and lucrative industry. Despite these blatant human rights violations, international and local laws have struggled to keep ahead of the rapidly growing human trafficking industry. The result is a legal system that cannot effectively combat human trafficking in this region. This Note highlights the United States’...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 49 No. 4, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , , , No Comments »


Making International Health Regulations Work: Lessons from the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Many legal scholars believe that the lack of enforcement mechanisms provided by the International Health Regulations (IHR) in part explains the slow containment of the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014. In contrast, some global health practitioners deem funding for global health emergencies as a key remedy to the ineffective international infectious disease control...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 4, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , , , No Comments »


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Private Governance Can Increase Shipping’s Efficiency and Reduce Its Impacts

The shipping industry is a huge component of the world economy, and although it is often described as an efficient mode of transport, it still contributes as much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as a major industrialized nation. Efficiency technologies and practices are available that would significantly lessen shipping’s environmental impact, but “amazing loophole[s]” in...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 49 No. 4, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments »


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Tax, Don’t Ban: A Comparative Look at Harmful but Legitimate Islamic Family Practices Actionable under Tort Law

Massive migration of Muslims to the West in recent years has raised the question whether Shari’a—Islamic law—should apply to Muslim couples living in these countries. The issue is particularly acute when it comes to family life and the possibility of using tort law in cases of harmful religious practices that are permitted by Muslim law...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 4, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , , , No Comments »


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A New Model of Sovereignty in the Contemporary Era of Integrated Global Commerce: What Anthropology Contributes to the Shortcomings of Legal Scholarship

Existing legal scholarship does not offer an effective or comprehensive definition of sovereignty. Sovereignty, however, matters. Indeed, many have lived and died for it; the term likewise appears with remarkable frequency in both academic and popular discourse. But, sovereignty is not what it used to be. The evolution of globalization generally, and transformations in global...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 4, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , , No Comments »


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Executive Agreements+

Did President Obama act constitutionally in joining the Paris Climate Change Agreement without seeking the approval of the Senate or Congress? According to the conventional, tripartite paradigm for analyzing the president’s treaty-making power, this question is conceptualized as an issue of the president’s independent constitutional power. Since the Paris Agreement was not approved by the...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Vol. 49 No. 4, Volume 49, Volumes | Tags: , , , No Comments »


Blog Post

Legal scholars have long recognized that the legitimacy of judicial institutions proves central to courts’ exercise of authority and compliance with their judgments. While numerous studies examine the legitimacy of domestic courts, to date little empirical research looks at the legitimacy of international judicial bodies. This article was motivated partly by our conviction that such...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 in Blog | No Comments »



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