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2017 Symposium, Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law

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 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 upcoming issue of the Journal will be devoted to articles based on the content of these panels. The following practitioners and scholars will be publishing 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: 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.”

Panelist Bios


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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.