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.
Complete Symposium brochure forthcoming.
The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law is pleased to announce that our upcoming 2019 Symposium on “The Future of International Human Rights Law,” will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019. Our 2019 Symposium will include two individual Keynote addresses, by Professor John Tasioulas (King’s College, London) and Professor Samuel Moyn (Yale University). Comments on the Keynotes will be provided by Professor James Gathii (Loyola University, Chicago), Professor Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard University), Professor Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University), Professor Lorna McGregor (University of Essex), and Professor Karima Bennoune (University of California, Davis). Professor Ingrid Wuerth (Vanderbilt University), will moderate the Symposium and provide closing remarks. Brief biographies of the speakers bay be found here.
For a full schedule of the February 22, 2019 Symposium, please see here. Further information regarding the 2019 Symposium will be posted here in the near future. For more up-to-date information regarding the Journal, please feel free to follow us on Twitter @VandyJTL.
The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law sponsored a successful February 2017 Symposium, “Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law.” We hosted four panels that explored the various facets of issues such as: the involvement of sovereigns in cyber-crime; terrorism financing, the immunity aspects of state owned enterprises; and the problems surrounding sovereign debt crises. Participants in these panels included practitioners and academics with expertise in each of these topics. The symposium was held at the Vanderbilt Law School on Friday February 17, 2017.
The issues of the Journal thereafter were devoted to articles based on the content of these panels. The following practitioners and scholars published in the October 2017 issue of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law: Larry Cata Backer, Penn State University Law School; Eric Blinderman and Myra Din, Therium Inc.; Anna Gelpern, Georgetown University Law School; Magnus Hornqvist, Stockholm University; Nicholas Calcina Howson, University of Michigan Law School; Rainer Hülse, Geschwister-Scholl Institute of Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich; Stephen Kim Park and Tim R. Samples, University of Connecticut and Terry College of Business, University of Georgia; and Pammela Quinn Saunders, Drexel University Law School.
A brief synopsis of the 2017 symposium can be found here: https://perma.cc/XRE6-72BS. Prof. Cata Backer, one of the panelists, kindly summarized the presentations of each panelists and posted them to his blog, “Law at the End of the Day.”
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.
Other Past Symposia
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: