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Do Human Rights Treaties Help Asylum-Seekers?: Lessons from the United Kingdom

Jan. 20, 2015—The following blog post summarizes Do Human Rights Treaties Help Asylum-Seekers?: Lessons from the United Kingdom (48 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 123 (2015)) by Stephen Meili. Several international human rights treaties offer protection to refugees who flee their home countries to escape persecution.. While these treaties have been widely adopted, the effectiveness and consistency of...

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Optimal Asylum

Jan. 8, 2014—The U.S. asylum system is noble but flawed. Scholars have long recognized that asylum is a “scarce” political resource, but U.S. law persists in distributing access to asylum based on an asylum seeker’s ability to circumvent migration controls rather than the strength of the asylum seeker’s claim for protection. To apply for asylum, an asylum...

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Non-Refoulement: The Search for a Consistent Interpretation of Article 33

Jul. 11, 2012—The international community rose to the challenge of addressing mass migration with the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951 Convention).  The 1951 Convention established several important concepts as binding international law, including the requirements for refugee classification and the principle of non-refoulement.  The duty of non-refoulement prohibits state-parties from expelling or returning...

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Refugee Credibility Assessment and the “Religious Imposter” Problem: A Case Study of Eritrean Pentecostal Claims in Egypt

Jul. 5, 2012—Credibility assessment in refugee status determination (RSD) poses unique challenges when the outcome of asylum applications turns on the question of whether an asylum seeker is actually a member of a persecuted religious minority.  These cases require secular adjudicators to delve into matters of religious identity and faith that are, by their nature, subjective and...

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A New Standard for Evaluating Claims of Economic Persecution Under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

Jun. 27, 2012—The United Nations Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees define the requirements for qualification as a “refugee” and the protection that should be afforded to qualifying persons.  Satisfying the Convention definition of refugee usually qualifies a person for asylum; thus, interpretation of its requirements can determine whether an alien is able to...

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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

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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.