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The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law is an integral part of the intellectual life at Vanderbilt Law School. The Journal hosts a biennial symposium on current issues of international and comparative law. Recent symposiums have drawn participants from around the world to discuss topics such as foreign state immunity, international law and the arctic, and transborder trusts and estates.
The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law sponsored a one-day symposium on February 13, 2015, This is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters.
Recent international disasters, both environmental and humanitarian, have resulted in trails of destruction and destitution, as well as an uncertain legal landscape. In response to this situation, the International Law Commission (ILC) has completed a draft report addressing the protection of persons when disasters occur. The Journal’s 2015 Symposium, This is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters, addressed current international disaster response topics. The event focused on an in-depth review of the ILC draft. Two additional panels addressed environmental effects and disaster assistance in the wake of various types of international disasters. Symposium participants included leading scholars and policy-makers from across the country and abroad.
Videos: Click here to view videos from This is Not a Drill.
February 2013: The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law hosted a symposium called “The Role of Non-State Actors in International Law” at Vanderbilt University Law School in February 2013. The October 2013 issue of the Journal (Vol. 46 No. 4) showcased articles by distinguished symposium guests including:
- Mr. Ian Smillie, “Blood Diamonds and Non-State Actors”
- Professor Jean d’Aspremont, “Cognitive Conflicts and the Making of International Law: From Empirical Concord to Conceptual Discord in Legal Scholarship”
- Professor Peter J. Spiro, “Constraining Global Corporate Power: A Short Introduction”
- Professor Suzanne Katzenstein, “Reverse-Rhetorical Entrapment: Naming and Shaming as a Two-Way Street”
- Professor Peter Margulies, “Constraining Targeting in Noninternational Armed Conflicts: Safe Conduct for Combatants Conducting Informal Dispute Resolution”
- Professor Harlan G. Cohen, “Lawyers and Precedent”
Feb 2011: Foreign State Immunity at Home and Abroad — The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law published scholarly articles related to this symposium in vol-44-no-4 and vol-44-no-5 (2011).
Feb 2009: Mounting Tensions and Melting Ice: Exploring the Legal and Political Future of the Arctic — The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law published scholarly articles related to this symposium in vol-42-no-4 (2009).
The 2012-13 Jonathan I. Charney Distinguished Lecture in Public International Law.
The lecture series honors Jonathan I. Charney, an expert in international law who held the Lee S. & Charles A. Speir Chair at Vanderbilt Law School until his death in 2002. The lecture is supported by the Jonathan I. Charney Memorial Fund. To view the most recent lecture, see below: