North Carolina Journal of International Law

"Connecting North Carolina to the World of International Law"

The Enforcement Against Counterfeit Luxury Goods

By: Izzy Vaughan-Jones Abstract: Historically, luxury designer brands agreed to allow law enforcement to protect the trademark to their intellectual property and did not publicly confront fraudulent manufacturers. However, as consumer demand for luxury goods rises, counterfeiters are emerging through social media and e-commerce sites promising to provide similar looking products but at a fraction of the price.  To deter…






UKRAINE’S “EDUCATION” LEGISLATION AND THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS

By: Caitlin Willen               INTRODUCTION Although deemed an “education law,” Ukraine’s controversial designation of Ukranian as the sole language of instruction also applies broadly to local government, restaurants, shops. Furthermore, because it is unconfined to the physical realm, Ukraine’s legislation also applies equally to print and online media.[1]  Perhaps better thought of in terms…






Why European Banks are strongly against the Capital floor proposed by Basel IV

By: Joshua Stephens Basel III, an international regulatory accord published in 2009 by the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision (BCBS), was part of the world’s response to the financial crisis of 2008, which saw massive bank failures after the burst of the housing bubble.[1]  Basel III built on its predecessors, Basel I and Basel II, and its ultimate goal was…






Saudi Arabia’s Intervention in Yemen

By: Emma Nunn                 Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, is currently facing a grave humanitarian crisis. After the Tunisian Revolution in the spring of 2011, protesters across Yemen called for the end of the reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a corrupt Saudi Arabian backed autocrat who had embezzled up…






The International Trade Commission Votes to Penalize Foreign Washing Machine Production: Will this Wash Away America’s Manufacturing Problem or Trigger Global Discord?

By: Michael Glasser                   Who doesn’t like buying American made products? The International Trade Commission (ITC) and other domestic bodies believe that recent measures taken to encourage sales of domestically manufactured goods will positively affect struggling American industries.[i]  Over the past several months, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, domestic policy…






Fall from Grace: How the US failed the International LGBT Community

By: Leah Kaiser                     On September 29, 2017, the United States voted against a United Nations resolution that would have, in part, banned the death penalty as punishment for consensual homosexual activity.[1]  The United States’ “no” vote aligned the United States with countries with a reputation for human rights violations[2] and…






The U.S. Trade War with Bombardier

By: Joshua Bransford             Unbeknownst to many, the United States and Canada have recently been involved in a trade war.[1] The two behemoth corporations, Boeing and Bombardier, have recently been facing off due to issues involving trade tariffs.[2] “Boeing has accused Bombardier of accepting billions in unfair Canadian subsidies that allowed the company to undercut…






Catalonia’s Determination to Declare its Independence and Secede from Spain

By: Sheri Dickson                 Introduction As Catalonia seeks independence from Spain it is inevitable that there will be ripple effects, not just in Catalonia and Spain, but also across Europe.  While Catalonia has had some level of experience with self-governance as one of Spain’s seventeen autonomous communities,[1] it is an entirely different matter…