Category: Volume 38

The State of a Stateless People: The Current Rohingya Crisis

Jessica Riley Vol. 39 Associate Editor They have been called “the world’s most persecuted people.”[1] They have been denied citizenship and basic human rights in the only country many have ever known.[2] They have been beaten, raped, and murdered.[3]  For many of the Rohingya people, this laundry list of abuses has recently reached an alarming […]

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Burundi’s Challenge to the ICC’s “Africa Bias”

Burundi’s Challenge to the ICC’s “Africa Bias”

Layan Charara Vol. 39 Associate Editor On October 27, 2017, Burundi became the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).[1] Its withdrawal is presumed to be an attempt to elude scrutiny of the carnage ensuing since President Pierre Nkurunziza made a third bid for the presidency in 2015.[2] The Nkurunziza administration is […]

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Due Diligence and the Gray Zones of International Cyberspace Laws

Due Diligence and the Gray Zones of International Cyberspace Laws

Olivia Hankinson Vol. 39 Associate Editor With ever-changing and developing technology, a growing concern in the field of international law stems from cyberspace security.[1] In an effort to combat and alleviate this growing concern, a group of international law experts joined together to produce the Tallinn Manuals.[2] The Tallinn Manual 2.0 is the most updated […]

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International Treaty Law & Modern Slavery

International Treaty Law & Modern Slavery

Julie Gulledge Vol. 39 Associate Editor Today, human trafficking remains the fastest-growing criminal activity in the world, generating billions of dollars annually and enslaving an estimated 46 million people.[1] States have been working together to combat slavery and human servitude for over two centuries: Sovereign states began to pass legislation banning the slave trade from the […]

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Insecurity Assurances: Asserting Human Rights to Remedy Breaches of Security Assurances

Insecurity Assurances: Asserting Human Rights to Remedy Breaches of Security Assurances

Kaley Hanenkrat Vol. 39 Associate Editor In 1994, Ukraine’s then-President Kuchma[1] surrendered the remaining portion of the Soviet nuclear arsenal on Ukraine’s territory for security assurances from the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Russian Federation.[2] The language of the agreement reflects a delicate power balance at the end of the Cold War[3] and, […]

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Immigration and the Tension between an Ever-Closer Union and Sovereignty

Immigration and the Tension between an Ever-Closer Union and Sovereignty

Christopher Linnan Vol. 39 Associate Editors The 1957 Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community—the forerunner of the European Union (EU).[1] The treaty’s first proclamation was that it was “determined to lay the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe.”[2] The “ever-closer union” language has become a mainstay of European Union […]

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Human Trafficking: Diplomatic Immunity or Impunity?

Human Trafficking: Diplomatic Immunity or Impunity?

Maya Jacob & Hunter Davis Vol. 39 Associate Editors In June 2017, Bangladesh’s Deputy Consul General in New York, Mohammed Shaheldul Islam, was charged in a 33–count indictment for crimes related to labor trafficking and assault.[1] Islam brought another Bangladeshi man, Mohammed Amin, to the United States in 2012 or 2013 to serve as a domestic […]

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The State of Paris: How the Climate Agreement is Faring After U.S. Withdrawal

The State of Paris: How the Climate Agreement is Faring After U.S. Withdrawal

Lucas Minich Vol. 39 Associate Editor On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced with great fanfare that he would unilaterally, as is arguably his right, withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.[1] This landmark agreement calls upon its signatory nations to aggressively strive to fight climate change through cooperative efforts. More specifically, it […]

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The Paris Agreement: Industrialized Powers’ Responsibility to Island Nations

The Paris Agreement: Industrialized Powers’ Responsibility to Island Nations

Hyun Lee Vol. 39 Associate Editor A few months after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the United States’ future withdrawal from the Paris Agreement,[1] small Pacific island nations called for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in the United Nations General Assembly that took place on September 23, 2017.[2]

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The Catalan Case for Cutting ties with Castilla: Convincing or Quixotic?

Jack Heise Vol. 39 Associate Editor If Carles Puigdemont, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, gets his way, Barcelona will no longer be part of Spain.[1] While the kingdom created by the union of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in the 15th century included Catalunya,[2] there has existed a lingering sense of separateness, visible both […]

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