MSU International Law Revew: March 2016 Newsletter
International Law Review--the second largest journal at Michigan State University College of Law--was established in 1992 as The Journal of International Law & Practice at The Detroit College of Law. Since our inception, ILR has committed to the study and promotion of cutting edge legal issues at home and abroad. Our publications and annual symposia highlight our dedication to bringing the world to MSU Law and taking MSU Law out into the world.
Congratulations to MSU ILR's newly selected Editorial Board!
As ILR enters its 25th year, it is our pleasure to announce the Michigan State International Law Review Editorial Board for the 2016-2017 academic year. We look forward to the incoming E-Board continuing ILR's tradition of excellence.
Editor-in-Chief: Stephen Ragatzki
Executive Editor: Tyler Seling
Managing Editors: Abbie Carver; Courtney McCausland; Savannah Priebe
Notes and Comments Editors: Calla Ketchens; Laura Bassett
Online Managing Editor: Gary Gonzalez
Articles Editors: Bradley Bourne; Andrea Fogelsinger; Andrew Hargrove; Kelly Kane; Hilary McDaniel
Assistant Articles Editor: Kelsey Janssen
Congratulations to MSU ILR members on the completion of your student notes!
ongratulations to all Michigan State University International Law Review members on the completion of your student notes!
Congratulations all members on reaching your goals. The MSU ILR E-Board knows what was involved in getting it accomplished and all the dedication needed during that process. We are so proud of everyone for making every effort to achieve that goal. You have all worked hard, and proved to yourselves and everyone else what you are capable of. Again, congrats!
Recent Legal Forum Publications: March 2016 Edition
By: Inessa Wurscher.
Since 1990, women in Saudi Arabia have been prohibited by royal decree from driving. This decree has been a point of contention within Saudi Arabia as well as in the international community. Now, a recent royal decree has overturned this law and will allow Saudi women to drive in June of 2018. While this legal change may be enough to open the way for changes in the male guardianship system, it is not yet enough for Saudi Arabia to be in compliance with their obligations under the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Image credit: New York Times, available at https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/09/27/world/saudi-drive/saudi-drive-master768.jpg
By: Mollie M. McSweeney.
Sri Lanka’s people have been through a long history of war, causing its people to suffer devastating loss. The Government has promised to make changes, but the people of Sri Lanka are continuing to suffer at the hands of police power and the government. Basic human rights are greatly curtailed by the Country’s laws. The United Nations has decided to step in, and hopefully bring the long-awaited justice Sri Lankan people deserve.
“Not a day goes by without reports of police officers overstepping the
bounds of the Constitution.”Camelia Nathaniel, A Clear Indictment on Sri Lankan Police, A The Sunday Leader, (Jan. 23, 2017), http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/01/24/a-clear-indictment-on-sri-lanka-police/.
Joseph Kabila and his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, have been the only presidents of the renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo since Laurent-Desire Kabila’s overthrow of Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. Joseph Kabila was elected for his second, and constitutionally mandated, final term as president in 2011. In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, the Congolese Congress and President Kabila took steps to block the 2016 election. In response to attempts to push back the 2016 election, and the actual push back of the 2016 election, protests have arisen throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and President Kabila has responded by violently crushing the protests and committing numerous human rights violations. President Kabila should be immediately removed from power for violating the Congolese Constitution and violating international human rights.
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By: Sarah Payne Faris.
Famous for its Internet censorship, the government touts it’s respect for constitutional provisions of speech. Although the government appears to perceive the Internet as a fount of wisdom, it attempts to shield citizens from using it to its full potential. The nation’s recent crackdown on social media site Weibo appears to illustrate what appears to be contradictory, but is supported by the country’s Constitution.
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By: Alexandra Stafford.
Image credit: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth, Quartz (Oct. 1, 2017) https://qz.com/1090885/austria-just-slapped-a-burqa-ban-on-the-150-women-who-dare-to-wear-one/.
By: Kathryn Bristor.
In response to a national measles outbreak, the Italian government has enacted a mandatory vaccinations law for school-aged children as a prerequisite to school enrollment, with hefty consequences for noncompliance. While not everyone is in agreement about this law, the Italian people may not be able to afford to refuse vaccinations without putting their loved ones, and themselves, at risk.
Image credit: MaxPixel, available at http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Monument-Italy-Emanuel-Ii-The-Altar-Of-The-Homeland-422712
By: Kylie Cumback.
France, despite high rates of vaccine skepticism, has enacted legislation to make vaccines compulsory by 2018 in an attempt to curtail the spread of vaccine preventable diseases. Will this new law be effective in recapturing herd immunity?
Image credit: Romain D C, available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Canop%C3%A9e_panorama_20160624_01.jpg
By: Michael T. Moran.
The U.S. presidential election was dominated by claims that then-Candidate Trump would build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico without spending U.S. taxpayer dollars. International law, specifically Article 24 of the United Nations, has been infrequently discussed in regards to this issue.
Image credit: http://www.michellehenry.fr/mexico-us-border.jpg
By: Jeffrey Caviston.
On September 23, New Zealanders went to the polls to vote for their next government. As a result of a shifting political landscape, party leadership changes, and the country’s proportional voting system, voters elected a coalition progressive-populist-nationalist government. In contrast to the country’s pro-globalization, anti-regulation regime of the last 30 years, the new government is expected to pursue more isolationist policies, particularly in the areas of immigration and foreign trade.
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By: Morgan Lear.
Since the passage of the September 2017 referendum, the Kurds found themselves fighting Iraq to maintain previously established KRG territory. Within one month of the referendum, the Kurds have lost 40% of their territory. What other effects have the Kurds faced as a result of this move for independence?
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