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Justice by Proxy: Combatting Forced Labor in the Greater Mekong Subregion by Holding U.S. Corporations Liable

Dec. 13, 2016—Human trafficking in Southeast Asia is still a thriving and lucrative industry. Despite these blatant human rights violations, international and local laws have struggled to keep ahead of the rapidly growing human trafficking industry. The result is a legal system that cannot effectively combat human trafficking in this region. This Note highlights the United States’...

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Making International Health Regulations Work: Lessons from the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Dec. 13, 2016—Many legal scholars believe that the lack of enforcement mechanisms provided by the International Health Regulations (IHR) in part explains the slow containment of the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014. In contrast, some global health practitioners deem funding for global health emergencies as a key remedy to the ineffective international infectious disease control...

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Private Governance Can Increase Shipping’s Efficiency and Reduce Its Impacts

Dec. 13, 2016—The shipping industry is a huge component of the world economy, and although it is often described as an efficient mode of transport, it still contributes as much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as a major industrialized nation. Efficiency technologies and practices are available that would significantly lessen shipping’s environmental impact, but “amazing loophole[s]” in...

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Tax, Don’t Ban: A Comparative Look at Harmful but Legitimate Islamic Family Practices Actionable under Tort Law

Dec. 13, 2016—Massive migration of Muslims to the West in recent years has raised the question whether Shari’a—Islamic law—should apply to Muslim couples living in these countries. The issue is particularly acute when it comes to family life and the possibility of using tort law in cases of harmful religious practices that are permitted by Muslim law...

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A New Model of Sovereignty in the Contemporary Era of Integrated Global Commerce: What Anthropology Contributes to the Shortcomings of Legal Scholarship

Dec. 13, 2016—Existing legal scholarship does not offer an effective or comprehensive definition of sovereignty. Sovereignty, however, matters. Indeed, many have lived and died for it; the term likewise appears with remarkable frequency in both academic and popular discourse. But, sovereignty is not what it used to be. The evolution of globalization generally, and transformations in global...

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Executive Agreements+

Dec. 13, 2016—Did President Obama act constitutionally in joining the Paris Climate Change Agreement without seeking the approval of the Senate or Congress? According to the conventional, tripartite paradigm for analyzing the president’s treaty-making power, this question is conceptualized as an issue of the president’s independent constitutional power. Since the Paris Agreement was not approved by the...

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Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework

Jun. 21, 2015—Lisa Avalos’s article, Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework (48 VAND. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 621 (2015)), is available here. When people in the West hear the term “female genital mutilation” (FGM), they typically think of a practice that occurs in developing countries, particularly in Africa. It usually...

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International Organizations and Customary International Law

Jun. 16, 2015—2014 Jonathan J. Charney Distinguished Lecture in Public International Law Presented at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 4, 2014  

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Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework

Jun. 16, 2015—The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain and Europe has grown in recent years as a result of international migration, and European institutions have grown increasingly concerned with eradicating the practice. According to the European Parliament, approximately 500,000 girls and women living in Europe have undergone FGM and are suffering with the lifelong...

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Predictive Due Process and the International Criminal Court

Jun. 16, 2015—The International Criminal Court (ICC) operates under a regime of complementarity: a domestic state prosecution of a defendant charged before the ICC bars the Court from hearing the case unless the state is unable or unwilling to prosecute the accused. For years, scholars have debated the role of due process considerations in complementarity. Can a...

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

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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.