MSU International Law Revew: January 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.
Recent Volume Publications: Volume 24, Issue 1
Jonathan Bialosky, Non-Refoulement in the ILC Articles on Expulsion of Aliens and its Practical Value for U.S. Immigration Law, 25 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 1 (),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.msu.edu/ilr/vol25/iss1/1.
J. Benjamin Lambert
J. Benjamin Lambert, The U.N. Convention on Electronic Contracting: Back From the Dead?, 25 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 31 (),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.msu.edu/ilr/vol25/iss1/2.
Ghazi Hashimi, Helping Afghanistan’s Informal Dispute Resolution Systems Follow Afghan Law in Criminal Matters: What Afghanistan Can Learn from Native American Peacemaking Program, 25 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 77 (),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.msu.edu/ilr/vol25/iss1/3.
Laura Bassett, How Google’s Android Bundles Could Cost Them Billions in the EU & India, 25 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 119 (),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.msu.edu/ilr/vol25/iss1/4.
Courtney McCausland, From Tolerance to Tactic: Understanding Rape in Armed Conflict as Genocide, 25 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 149 (),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.msu.edu/ilr/vol25/iss1/5
Steve Ragatzki, Filling in the Gaps in FAA Drone Regulations: A Proposed Dual-Zone Model of Personal Privacy, 25 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 193 (),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.msu.edu/ilr/vol25/iss1/6
Recent Legal Forum Publications: January 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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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Upcoming Events: MSU International Law Review's Annual Symposium 2016
Emerging Narratives: Developments in Global Drug Policies
This year's symposium will focus on exploring issues related to drug policies. It will address new and exciting developments in drug policy platforms across the globe. Our goal is to highlight social and economic problems as a result of existing drug policies and enforcement tactics. By presenting on various countries' innovative approaches to drug policy, we can hopefully spur a debate on the value and effectiveness of different approaches to regulating drugs.
The symposium will incorporate diverse subject areas related to drugs, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, border regulation, mass incarceration, and criminal justice reform.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
- Dr. Caitlin E. Hughes - Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre for Australia
- Dr. Bianca Buechner, Ph.D., L.L.M. - Affiliate Faculty Member at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Hannover University
- Beau Kilmer - Senior Drug Policy Researcher for RAND Corp.
- Kenneth R. Pina, RPh, J.D. - Founder of Core Risks Ltd., a global provider of specialized consulting services to select business sector and author of the casebook "A Practical Guide to FDA's Food and Drug Law and Regulations"
- Hannah Hetzer - Senior Policy Advisor for the Americas for the Drug Policy Alliance
- Carrie L. Rosenbaum - Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law
If you are interested in attending the event or if you have questions regarding the event, please contact Jesse DePauw (Executive Editor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.