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 1967, native-born Palestinians in East Jerusalem have struggled to acquire and maintain legal residency. This struggle has left many Palestinians with a tenuous status that may be revoked at any time, leaving them stateless and without a legal remedy. Now, a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision ordering Israel to reinstate a Palestinian man’s residency may mark the beginning of new protections for East Jerusalemites.
By: Evan Bonnstetter.
While mammoth tusks have been collected from Russia for decades now, new techniques pose grave consequences for the environment. Attempts by local authorities to regulate the removal of tusks have been unsuccessful, and while the federal government possesses primary authority it has left this practice largely unregulated. While the removal and sale of mammoth tusks promises great financial reward, regulation is necessary to mitigate the negative effects. The federal government must either regulate this area itself, or enable local authorities to do so.
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By: Angela Gamalski.
Japanese law requires the government operate its national heatlh care system in a sound manner. However, economists and medical professionals have argued that the Japanese health care system is failing, as the current insurance system will not support Japan's projected demographics. Now is the time for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to act on campaign promises and implement change.
Image credit: Japan Health Care College, by 禁樹なずな - available on Wikimedia.
By Jeff Caviston.
Vietnam, a country that has become a welcoming place for foreign investors, recently promulgated new laws that may lead to an influx of investment by casino businesses. However, uncertainty remains because the reforms are tentatively temporary, investors have been let down by the Vietnamese government in the past, and other opportunities to gamble exist nearby.
By: Matthew Thran.
Western nations have stolen many cultural artifacts through conquest and colonization. There has been an international effort to return stolen cultural artifacts which were stolen after 1970 but older cultural artifacts have been zealously guarded by the colonizing nations. The Louvre, the Smithsonian, and the British Museum have all stockpiled cultural artifacts belonging to nations like Egypt, Greece, and Mexico which they refuse to reparation to their country of origin. An international treaty discussing cultural repatriation of items obtained prior to 1970 is required to rectify the problem.
Image: Canadian Museum of Civilization, by Wladyslaw/Wikimedia
By: Amanda Carmichael.
The “War on Drugs” in Indonesia has been evolving over the last couple of years, yet the problems related to drugs in this country remain. The President of Indonesia implemented a new plan to deal with drugs in early 2016 and the country has been executing both citizens and non citizens for drug use, possession, and trafficking. The country has executed 18 persons last year and plans to execute 30 more this year alone, all for drug related offenses. Indonesia should consider another method of addressing its extreme drug issues.
.By: Marlene Zieah.
North Korea, and other nuclear weapon states may be in violation of international law if a prohibition on such use is given jus cogens status - i.e., is deemed a preemptory norm. A ban on nuclear weapons satisfies the jus cogens test because their use is immoral, it disrupts international order, and no nation has used them in combat for seventy-two years.
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By: Max Mittleman.
Concerns over election fraud and hacking have become a world-wide concern. Kenya joins many other countries left questioning the authenticity of election results, with this issue being reviewed by that nation's Supreme Court. Has Kenyan democracy has been given a new jolt of energy which may provide for future election legitimacy?
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By: Sarah Faris.
Fourteen nations have contracted to be regulated by an EU regulatory framework for the purpose of protecting the water quality in the Danube River Basin. Austria is a member of this agreement and has been a leader in incorporating this framework into national regulation. However, Austria uses the hydropeaking process to create hydroelectricity, which has been shown to have a negative impact on certain river species. Although full effects are still unknown, there may be a way to get the best of both worlds: protect the species as well as maintain the benefits of hydroelectricity.
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.
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 email@example.com.