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: Andrew Kemmer.
In New South Wales, Australia, new legislation recently came into effect that changed the regulations for vegetation-clearing. Farmers have long believed they had too little say over what they could do with their land. New legislation could give farmers much more latitude to clear vegetation on their land, but they’re unfinished, hard to understand, and have environmentalists in an uproar.
By: Mollie M. McSweeney.
Single, unmarried women, who desire to have children later in life, are restricted by the Chinese government from seeking reproductive services such as freezing their eggs. Further, if a woman has a child out of wedlock, the child and the woman become social outcasts who are forced to pay fees and prohibited from receiving health and education services. This article urges the Chinese government to reflect the values of a modern society by allowing all women the freedom to reproduce.
By: Michael T. Moran.
Since 1994, the Belarusian government—headed by President Alexander Lukashenko—has systematically repressed viable political opposition. Lukashenko has consolidated political power by curbing media freedoms and the dissemination of information deemed detrimental to the regime. However, the inception of the Internet has provided alternative channels of information collection, which in turn has emboldened Belarusian citizens to question and confront the status quo. In early 2017, however, planned peaceful protests throughout Belarusian urban centers opposing the Lukashenko regime were met with violent backlash from police forces.
By: Alexandra Stafford.
Is it possible to rewrite a Constitution? Is it possible to do so avoiding volatile public upheaval? Venezuela is facing these issues after the announcement by President Nicolas Madura to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution.
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By: Alexandra Arkin.
Post-Charlottesville, Silicon Valley is rethinking how far it will go to fight hate speech. But Germany has long taken a different approach, with some of the strictest free speech and anti-defamation laws in Europe. Recent years have seen an increase in hate speech/anti-immigrant propaganda and fake news, which take on new urgency ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 parliamentary elections. Germany is now stepping up its efforts with a new law that fines social media companies more than $58 million for failing to promptly delete illegal, racist, or slanderous comments and posts.
By: Kathryn Bristor.
This post explores the impact of ISIS’ presence in Syria, the legal principles underlying the conflict, and the devastating reality that UN members may not have the ability to intervene in the war that is raging on within the Syrian borders. Through the examination of customary international law, it is apparent that foreign involvement may prove to be more difficult than at first glance.
By: Sydney Wright.
As the Republic of Korea gains recognition for the world’s fastest internet speeds, citizens are doing more than just streaming Netflix on the subway. Read how the Republic is revolutionizing democracy, boasting some of the most efficient e-Government services and ranking among the top in the world for citizen participation in government.
By: Gary Gonzalez
Data privacy is a hot topic around the globe. The General Data Protection Regulation is a leading factor for this trend. The regulation affects all companies conducting business within the European Union. One of the countries seeking to increase its data privacy laws is New Zealand. The United States, however, has taken a step in the other direction. This paper will briefly touch on the upcoming changes to U.S. privacy laws, and then explain the proposed changes to New Zealand’s privacy laws.
By: Jacob Simon.
Anti-miscegenation appears to be alive and well in the Jewish State of Israel where all marriages must be performed by religious officials, and interreligious marriage is strictly prohibited. This religious based restriction on marriage becomes the equivalent to an anti-miscegenation law when the bloodline requirement to be considered Jewish enough for marriage to another Jew by the Orthodox Jewish Rabbinical Court is also taken into account. Those who follow Israel politics closely should not be shocked to learn that the Rabbinical Courts have become even more hostile in recent years to Jewish converts and the children of Jewish converts.
By: Angela C. White.
German deportation practices have been a point of controversy in recent months, especially since the German government has accelerated its deportation processes for those who do not qualify for refugee protection. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier, the push to deport more people was an attempt to persuade conservative voters and preserve support for the asylum system.