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2019 Symposium on the Future of International Human Rights Law

Feb. 12, 2019—  Completed 2019 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...

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2017 Symposium, Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law

Feb. 10, 2017—Compiled Symposium Brochure The Journal is very excited about the success of our 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...

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Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law, a Symposium

Jan. 31, 2017—Symposium Brochure 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...

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2015 Symposium Schedule, Panel Descriptions, and Presenters

Dec. 5, 2014—VJTL 2015 Symposium Schedule and Panelists – This is Not a Drill This is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters Vanderbilt University Law School February 13, 2015 Program Outline 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Dean Kevin Stack, Vanderbilt University Law...

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Foreign Official Immunity After Samantar

Jun. 25, 2012—In Samantar v. Yousuf, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) does not govern the immunity of foreign officials from legal proceedings in U.S. courts. Part I of this symposium contribution seeks to put in sharper focus exactly what is, and what is not, in dispute following Samantar. Part...

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The “Common Law Regime” of Foreign Sovereign Immunity: The Actual Possession Rule in Admiralty

Jun. 25, 2012—It has been a long-standing rule in admiralty that in order for a foreign sovereign to assert immunity in U.S. courts, the res that is the object of the maritime claim must be in the actual possession of the foreign state at the time the case is brought. Inasmuch as Samantar recognized the existence of...

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Samantar and Executive Power

Jun. 25, 2012—This essay examines Samantar v. Yousuf in the context of broader debate about the relationship between federal common law and executive power. Samantar represents simply the latest effort by the Executive Branch to literally shape the meaning of law through a process referred to in the literature as “executive lawmaking.” While traditional accounts of executive...

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Head of State Immunity as Sole Executive Lawmaking

Jun. 25, 2012—At the request of the Executive Branch, courts routinely dismiss private suits against sitting heads of foreign states. Congress has never delegated authority to the Executive Branch to identify principles governing head of state immunity. The courts’ practice thus appears inconsistent with the conventional view that the Executive Branch lacks authority to affect private rights...

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State Immunity and Human Rights: Heads and Walls, Hearts and Minds

Jun. 25, 2012—This Article suggests that arguments against the availability of state immunity as a bar to civil actions alleging internationally wrongful ill-treatment abroad are not only destined to fall by and large on deaf ears but are also misdirected as a matter both of fairness and of the ultimate policy objectives of human rights advocates. It...

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Journal is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Board of Editors. VJTL Masthead 2019-2020

The Journal is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Editors. Complete-Masthead-2018-2019

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.

Connect with the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law on LinkedIn.

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.