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Month: December 2013

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Happy Holidays from the Cornell International Law Journal

CC Image Courtesy of Justin Russell The Cornell International Law Journal would like to wish you and your family a happy holidays. In honor of the season, we will not be publishing any content for the next two weeks. We will be resuming our regular publication schedule on Monday, January 6th. Until then, we hope you…

Dec 2013

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Through a Drone Darkly

Modified CC Image Courtesy of Corporal Steve Follows RAF/MOD Through a Drone Darkly by Jordan Manalastas* One of the delicious ironies of history is that Alfred Nobel will be best remembered for the Peace Prize that bears his name and not for his old reputation, as the inventor of dynamite, of being le marchand de…

Dec 2013

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Britain’s Road to Constitutional Gridlock, American Style

CC Image Courtesy of Rajan Manickavasagam Britain’s Road to Constitutional Gridlock, American Style by Kathleen Hunker* British tourists witnessed an odd sight when visiting the American capital earlier this fall. Standing before the war memorials and bird-harassed statutes was a collection of printed signs advising the public that the national attractions were closed as a…

Dec 2013

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Lago Agrio: The Bitterness of a Judgment

CC Image Courtesy of Cancillería Ecuador Lago Agrio: The Bitterness of a Judgment by Oscar Lopez* Introduction Deep in the Ecuadorian jungle, sitting along the shores of the Aguarico River, sits Lago Agrio.[1] This city, with a population of seventy thousand, serves as the main port for the Amazonian basin and provides the only link…

Dec 2013

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International Law in South Africa and Kenya

CC Image Courtesy of Nicolas Raymond Comparing the Role of International Law in South Africa and Kenya by Justice Alfred Mavedzenge * The role of international law in African states continues to grow. In line with this trend, the Republics of South Africa and Kenya have undertaken constitutional reforms that have strengthened the role of…

Dec 2013

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The Philippines: Politics of Disaster

Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT Politics of Disaster: Statecraft in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan by Noah Black* Laws regulating international disaster relief are scarce, and while many recommendations exist, the immediacy of a crisis makes discarding frameworks in favor of fluidity a tempting option.[1] The U.N.’s efforts towards establishing a framework in this area have been…

Dec 2013

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France: Sex Sells, But You Can't Buy It

CC Image Courtesy of Tom Coates Sex Sells, But You Can’t Buy It: French Lawmakers to Penalize Prostitution Clients by Yujin Chun* Prostitution has been described as “the world’s oldest profession.”[1] And for as long as it has been around, the occupation has also seen an array of attitudes, both societal and legal. In France, prostitution…

Dec 2013