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: Brittany Jones.
The current attacks against the Rhonigya are inhumane and unjust. Myanmar’s history of ethnic conflict with the Rohingya is very complicated and requires a basic understanding of how the country was established.
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By: Shivani Verma.
According to a panel of experts on the Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), imposing the capital punishment on individuals who suffer a psychosocial disability is a violation of the death penalty safeguards. However, the Pakistani Supreme Court is permitting the execution of mentally ill individuals. The United Nations again pressured Pakistan to protect its mentally ill inmates.
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By: Kellina Keylek.
In 2015 alone, one million people from the Middle East and parts of Africa reached the European Union seeking asylum from countries consumed by war, political instability, and repression. Placed between two of the most “immigrant friendly” countries in Europe, Denmark responded to the influx of asylum seekers by enacting new policies further restricting the rights of refugees.
By: Brittany Jones.
In 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation. South Sudan was formed in part to break away from the devastation of Sudan; however, it is unclear that the South Sudanese government has been able to prevent violence, instability, or food insecurity from taking hold in this new nation.
Image credit: Steve Evans from Citizen of the World, available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_Sudan_Independence_Celebration_(5963420792).jpg
By: Sophie Goodman.
Over 140 million girls and women are affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Many countries have taken steps to enact laws and regulations to curb the cultural and societal expectations to undergo FGM. South Africa effectively criminalized FGM and continues to educate society on the complications and human rights implications of FGM.
Image credit: Sophie Goodman.
By: Megan Hall.
Fishing on the high seas is one of the most important rights nations have under international law, but the lack of regulation has allowed humans to decimate fish populations. In 2015, the United Nations resolved to adopt a new treaty to regulate high seas fishing. The Republic of Maldives is a key stakeholder that will be affected by these new regulations.
Image credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yellowfin_tuna_nurp.jpg
By: Kylie Cumback.
In the heart of sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana’s diamond industry has helped the nation thrive. A handful of sprawling diamond mines controlled by the most famous name in the diamond industry—De Beers—dot the country’s rugged terrain. In Fall 2017, Botswana underwent it’s third KP review—and pledged to remain transparent and follow the KP.
Image credit: : Seth Wenig/AP
By: Morgan Lear.
For the past 50 years, Colombia has been fighting a civil war against its largest rebel group, FARC. Now that a peace accord has been signed and approved by Congress, what issues may arise? What issues still linger?
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By: Kelly McClintock.
The Cambodian government, led by Hun Sen who has ruled as Prime Minister since 1997, has been met international criticism and condemnation after conclusion of the Kkmer Rouge Tribunal. People are talking about Cambodia again, and it’s not just the indie-film lovers and critics. Can the success or failure of an international criminal war tribunal be measured as a quantifiable result? What about qualitative results?
By: Lauren Kissel.
The Supreme Court of India recently outlawed the longstanding practice of allowing Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives through “triple talaq,” or uttering the word “talaq,” meaning “divorce,” three times in a row. The Court ruled this practice unconstitutional and against the tenents of the Muslim faith. With this ruling, India joins many other counties that have outlawed this Muslim practice and in turn strengthens the rights of Muslim women.
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