North Carolina Journal of International Law

"Connecting North Carolina to the World of International Law"

Report: Australia Moves to Ratify Extradition Treaty with China

By: Demi Davis In 2007, Australia and China signed the Treaty on Extradition between Australia and The People’s Republic of China (“Treaty”). The purpose of the Treaty was to “make more effective the cooperation of the two countries in the suppression of crime….”  Over the years, corrupt officials in China have reportedly fled to Australia after committing crimes such as…






Forcing Climate Change: An Agreement Doomed to Fall Short

By: Shawn Johnston The Paris Agreement has achieved monumental support from the international community regarding climate change.  Since the agreement was negotiated in December 2015, “194 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change members have signed the treaties, 125 of which have ratified it.”[1]  These actions certainly demonstrate international approval of a concerted effort to protect the climate.  However, the…






ABSTENTION: WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO?

Did the United States’ Abstention from the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 Have an Impact on the Israeli Settlements? By: Kayla McGee On December 23, 2016, an outburst of applause could be heard in the chambers of the UN Security Council.[1]  Samantha Power, the United States UN ambassador, raised her hand to abstain, allowing Resolution 2334 condemning the Israeli settlements…






The ICC is Bleeding African Nations

By: Zachary Lipschutz South Africa has recently removed itself from the International Criminal Court (ICC).[1] Some African nations believe that the court is biased against them, as most of the cases that the Court hears come from Africa.[2] Additionally, some of the nations that have participating judges are not actually members of the ICC.[3] The author of Exit South Africa…






International Community to Meet in Geneva to Update Chemical Waste Conventions

By; Tasmaya Lagoo The Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions represent the international community’s attempt to bring a certain level of transparency, fairness, and safety to the transboundary movement of chemical wastes. The three conventions form a cradle-to-grave framework for addressing the challenges posed by the immense quantities of chemical wastes that routinely move between nations. Since the adoption of the…






TRUMP & NAFTA: LEGAL UNCERTAINTIES AND IMPLICATIONS OF WITHDRAWAL

By: David Gallagher “[T]he worst trade deal in history.” -Donald Trump, speaking about NAFTA[i] WHAT IS NAFTA & WHY DOES TRUMP DISLIKE IT? The North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly referred to as NAFTA, is a trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.[ii]  After being signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, it functioned to essentially…






Implications of Dispute Resolution in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By: Ethan Blumenthal While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) is an extremely controversial topic in today’s political climate, there is perhaps no individual provision as hotly contested as dispute resolution.[1] There are two prongs of analysis when confronting dispute settlement in a modern free trade deal context.  This is so because there are two distinct types of challenges that can be…






Symposium Print Preview: Professor Nicolas Jupillat on Cyber Espionage

By: Haley Mcloud Professor Nicolas Jupillat teaches International Law of Cyberspace at the Detroit Mercy School of Law.[1] He received his Masters in Geopolitics from Sorbonne University (Paris I) and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris in 2013, and his Masters in Public Law from Université d’Auvergne and The Hague University in 2010.[2] He currently studies legal challenges from technological developments…






Symposium Print Preview: Major James Tucker on Non-State-Affiliated Actors in Cyberwarfare

By: David Gallagher On Friday, November 4th, the North Carolina Journal of International Law was honored to host a number of distinguished scholars at its annual symposium in Chapel Hill, titled, “Cyberwarfare and International Law.” Major James E. Tucker—Chief of Cyber Special Programs Law, Headquarters 24th Air Force/Air Forces Cyber, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate—presented his research about “the…