Blog Posts: Symposium

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: The more things change, the more they stay the same

“Comity” remains the most important principal governing recognition of foreign-country judgments; Professor Ronald Brand breathed new life into Hilton last month at the ILJ symposium. Brand, a professor of international law at Pitt, argued that long-ignored dictum from Hilton could help nations resolve their two fundamentally different approaches to judgment recognition.


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Posted by Christopher R. Bagley (Chris) on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:45 AM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, Symposium

Multilateral Environmental Agreements and U.S. Judicial Review

The focus of Professor Knox’s discussion was the role of courts in reviewing multilateral environmental agreements, and whether or not the political question doctrine shields these agreements from judicial review.


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Posted by Lisa Marie Taylor (Lisa Marie) on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:41 AM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, Symposium, United States

Aaron Fellmuth on Leading From Behind: The United States and International Human Rights Law

Professor Fellmuth’s most provocative points concerned what he deemed to be the political misconception that the United States is a moral authority in human rights matters. On the domestic front, Fellmuth discussed how racial inequality, overwhelming and disparate incarceration rates, and near-oppressive levels of poverty blemish the United States. On the international level, Fellmuth faulted the United States for supporting countries with human rights abuses such as Saudi Arabia while condemning Iran, suggesting that our legitimacy cannot survive with such inconsistencies.


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Posted by Laura L. Campbell on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:38 AM
Categories: International Human Rights, Symposium, United States

Killer Robots and the Legal Implications

Crootof details two concerns about autonomous weapons: (1) that the independence of the weapons creates liability issues; and, (2) that a democracy which is immune from feeling the human cost of war, would be emboldened to act and could potentially cause more conflict.


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Posted by Michael Dolan Berry on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:32 AM
Categories: Law of War, South Korea, Symposium, Terrorism

Ronald Brand on the Importance of Judgement Recognition Among Nations

Professor Ronald Brand spoke on the importance of judgment recognition among nations at The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation Symposium on Friday, January 30, 2015. His lecture, titled “Understanding Judgments Recognition,” highlighted the significant developments in this area over the past fifteen years in the European Union (EU), the United States, and on a global front.


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Posted by Jessica L. Watts on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:16 AM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, International Dispute Resolution, Symposium

Symposium Review: Military Commissions - Are They Fair and Are They Really Working?

The current military commission system came into place when President Obama signed the Military Commissions Act of 2009. The use of military commissions is nothing new in the United States. Military commissions have been used since the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington put into place a Board of General Officers in order to determine whether a former soldier was a spy for Great Britain. There has been great debate over whether the detainees of Guantanamo and other detainees are being afforded due process of the law in these military commissions and whether military commissions have ever been successful in practice.


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No Comments | Posted by Zachary P. Ainsztein (Zach) on Fri. February 14, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Symposium, Terrorism

Symposium Review: Is There a Need for International Cyber Warfare Treaties?

During North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation’s 2014 symposium, various panelists offered their views on the growing area of cyber warfare. Cyber warfare is a relatively new development that is creating ethical and legal ambiguity under current international law. Modern international law recognizes the idea of jus ad bellum, literally translated to mean “right to war”. This theory determines situations when it is lawful to resort to war. The United States, and now most countries, claim . . .


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No Comments | Posted by Mark A. Kochuk on Thu. February 13, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Customary International Law, Cyberwarfare, Symposium

Symposium Review: Moving the Law of Armed Conflict from Crossbows to Cyber Attacks

At ILJ's 2014 symposium, Professor Eric Talbot Jensen argued that weapons technologies have progressed faster than international law's ability to handle them.


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No Comments | Posted by Vineeth Shanker Hemavathi on Tue. February 11, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Customary International Law, Cyberwarfare, Symposium

Symposium Review: Sovereign Assumptions

NCILJ's 2014 symposium, "Emerging Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict and International Security,” reflected North Carolina's strong military ties and wide network of national security legal professionals. 


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No Comments | Posted by William L. Thore (Logan) on Tue. February 11, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Customary International Law, Cyberwarfare, Symposium

Dean Harris: Bioethics in Research

A UNC public-health professor's study of GMO rice from China raises bioethical questions.


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No Comments | Posted by Charles E. Walsh on Mon. March 25, 2013 9:22 PM
Categories: China, Medical Markets, Symposium
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