Forthcoming Author in the Press: S.I. Strong

Forthcoming Author in the Press: S.I. Strong

Volume 37 Issue 1 of the Michigan Journal of International Law is nearing publication, and one of our authors has been discussing the topic of her article.

Kluwer Arbitration Blog recently published a piece written by MJIL author S.I. Strong that previews her forthcoming article on international commercial arbitration.

Professor Strong writes that, while a “reasoned” or “fully reasoned” award is required by the agreements that govern international commercial arbitration, there is relatively little scholarship as to why this requirement is necessary or what this would even look like in a legal regime that includes elements of both common and civil law.

Professor Strong’s forthcoming article in Volume 37 will fully unpack the reasoned award requirement, how to write such an award, and provide key comparative insights between common law and civil law legal systems in this arena. In the interim, Professor Strong’s paper is available here.

Announcing the Volume 38 Editorial Board

The Michigan Journal of International Law would like to announce the Volume 38 Editorial Board:

Volume 38 Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Katie Reyzis

Managing Editor

Zach Anderson

Business and Development Editor

Kate McGuigan

Production Manager

Will Quinn

Managing Article Editor

Erin Collins

Managing Executive Editor

Lauren Richards

Managing Note Editor

Angela Ni

Managing Online Content Editor

Amy Albanese

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Michigan Guidelines on Risk for Reasons of Political Opinion

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THE MICHIGAN GUIDELINES ON RISK
FOR REASONS OF POLITICAL OPINION

The Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (“Convention”) recognizes as refugees those who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted on the basis of inter alia “political opinion,” are unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of their home country.

State practice acknowledges that protection based on “political opinion” should not be limited to those individuals at risk by reason of their views about partisan politics. Beyond this, the absence of an authoritative definition of “political opinion” in either the Convention or international law more generally has allowed interpretive inconsistencies to emerge, both within and among jurisdictions. Further complicating the search for a consistent approach is a lack of clarity about how best to ensure that the social and political context of the country of origin is meaningfully taken into account in assessing the existence of a “political opinion.”

With a view to promoting a shared understanding of the proper interpretation of “political opinion” within the context of Article 1(A)(2) of the Convention, we have engaged in sustained collaborative study and reflection on relevant norms and state practice. Our research was debated and refined at the Seventh Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law, convened in March 2015 by the University of Michigan’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law. These Guidelines are the product of that endeavor, and reflect the consensus of Colloquium participants on how best to interpret “political opinion” in a manner that ensures both fidelity to international law and the continuing vitality of the Convention. Continue reading

Coming Friday: Michigan Guidelines on Risk for Reasons of Political Opinion

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THE MICHIGAN GUIDELINES ON RISK
FOR REASONS OF POLITICAL OPINION

The Michigan Guidelines on Risk for Reasons of Political Opinion represent the end product of sustained research that culminated in the Seventh Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law.

The Colloquium was convened in March 2015 by Michigan Law’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, and chaired by Professor James C. Hathaway. The Michigan Guidelines reflect the consensus of Colloquium participants on when a person faces a risk of being persecuted “for reasons of political opinion” in a manner that ensures both fidelity to international law and the continuing vitality of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The Michigan Guidelines will be first published here on MJIL’s website on July 24th, 2015. Follow MJIL on Facebook and Twitter, MLaw on Facebook and Twitter, and Professor Hathaway on Twitter for more information.

Announcing the Volume 37 Editorial Board

The Michigan Journal of International Law would like to announce the Volume 37 Editorial Board:

Volume 37 Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Luca Winer

Managing Editor

Neha Khandhadia

Business and Development Editor

Divya Taneja

Managing Article Editor

Jacob Styburski

Managing Executive Editor

Katherine Lewis

Managing Note Editor

Liz Grden

Managing Online Content Editor

Stephen Packer

Production Editor

Evan Nichols

Article Editors

Elizabeth Beitler

Peter Bratton

Rama Chehouri

Zhandos Kuderin

Molly Quinn

Sarah Sessler

Executive Editors

Liz Bundy

Dayna Chikamoto

Diana Duan

Kelsey VanOverloop

Margo Strakosch

Note Editors

Hana Damore

Lidiya Petrova

Jesse Stricklan

Online Content Editors

Melanie Capuano

Sarah Jaward

Congratulations to the new board!

Volume 34 Filled

Dear authors, thank you very much for your submissions over the last months—we have greatly enjoyed reviewing them. As of now, however, we  have filled Volume 34, and are no longer accepting submissions. We will begin to review submissions for Volume 35 in February, and look forward to hearing from you then.

 

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