The Cornell International Law Journal Forum publishes essays, blog posts, and featured online content series covering current international law issues. Born out of the Journal’s desire to establish a repository for timely transnational law thought leadership during the pandemic, the Forum features contributions from the Journal’s Online Associates and guest authors from across the globe. We welcome submissions from all who seek to add to the contemporary conversation for the benefit of the international law community. If you wish to cite one of our articles, please use “[volume #] Cornell Int’l L.J. F. [page #] (year). * * *
In 2015, Opal Ayo Tometi, on of the three Black women who co-founded Black Lives Matter (BLM), along with this author, co-authored an article on the Time magazine website titled, “Black Lives Matter is Not a Civil Rights Movement.” In that piece, we argued that the Black Lives Matter Movement has been described as the…
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the need for global norms that assist nation-states in preserving democracy amid emergencies, mitigating the threat of a worldwide democratic decline. This articles examines the role of international law in providing nation-states with such norms on two levels.
One of the fastest growing areas of international law in recent times is also one of the most controversial. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of investment treaties surged from less than 500 to over 3,000.
As in previous global public health crises, such as the HIV epidemic, patents have presented a major obstacle to vaccine supply amid the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Compulsory licensing and intellectual property waiver have been put forth as solutions.
In response to the terrible international conflicts of the twentieth century, a group of States came together in 1998 to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC). In this Note, I argue that the ICC should change their current rule, which lists insanity as an affirmative defense.
Should doctors, patients, and policymakers have complete information about new drugs? Complete transparency may seem like the obvious answer. But the reality is that available information is often incomplete.
This Article examines the latest international uniform law initiative on the creation of an International Sales Law for Europe, namely the Common European Sales Law (CESL). It comprises four parts, which correspond to the most complex and important aspects of the project’s novel legal response to the problem of creating a transnational uniform legal instrument.
How does the digital era affect the ability of governments to “govern”? On the one hand, global connectivity and data-driven technologies provide governments with powerful new ways to exercise coercion.
Modern slavery is a global problem. Over 25 million people are in forced labor, with many of those people directly or indirectly involved in the production of goods sold in the U.S. through multinational corporations’ supply chains.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on our social, economic, and political lives. While the race to develop vaccines has yielded results in record time, ensuring widespread, affordable access to these vaccines remains a major challenge.
The Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) constitution, treats states’ self-referrals of suspects before the ICC as a last resort for when states are unable to prosecute crimes domestically. Yet some states that are capable of prosecuting crimes domestically have controversially bypassed domestic prosecution in favor of prosecution by the ICC.
GATT Article XXI(b)(ii) has received little scholarly attention, but increasing measures taken under the name of national security require heightened attention to it, especially with regard to export control measures. We need a detailed interpretation of the clause that can be used to distinguish measures permissible under the clause from impermissible ones.