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Reframing the Proportionality Principle

May. 15, 2018—  Author: Michael A. Newton PDF: Reframing the Proportionality Principle   Abstract/Intro: Proportionality functions as one of the most important legal constraints applicable to the conduct of hostilities. In that context, this short essay discusses the commonly encountered misapplications of Cicero’s classic sentiment that “salus populwe supremus est lex1 . . . silent enim leges inter armes.”...

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Fairness, Legitimacy, and Selection Decisions in International Criminal Law

Jan. 2, 2018—The selection of situations and cases remains one of the most vexing challenges facing the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international criminal tribunals. Since Nuremberg, international criminal law (ICL) has experienced significant progress in developing procedural safeguards designed to protect the fair trial rights of the accused. But it continues to lag in the...

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The Faults in “Fair” Trials: An Evaluation of Regulation 55 at the International Criminal Court

Mar. 25, 2015—The following blog post summarizes Margaux Dastugue‘s note, The Faults in “Fair” Trials: An Evaluation of Regulation 55 at the International Criminal Court (48 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 273 (2015)). During the summer following my first year at Vanderbilt, I had the opportunity to work with a criminal defense team in The Hague in the...

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Alternate Judges as Sine Qua Nons for International Criminal Trials

Jan. 20, 2015—The following blog post summarizes Alternate Judges as Sine Qua Nons for International Criminal Trials (48 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 67 (2015)) by Megan A. Fairlie. For well over a year, Vojislav Šešelj’s prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has been placed on...

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A Complementarity Conundrum: International Criminal Enforcement in the Mexican Drug War

Jun. 8, 2012—Drug-related violence in Mexico has claimed over 34,000 lives since Mexican President Felipe Calderón initiated his crackdown on Mexico’s drug cartels in 2006 with the deployment of military troops to Michoacán. Somewhat surprisingly, Mexico’s drug war has garnered rather little attention from the international community, despite a wealth of headlines in popular media. This Note...

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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

Please join us in congratulating the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 2017-2018 Write-On Competition Winners.

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.