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Destroyed Artifacts in Syria and the ICC’s Inability to Act

By: Demi D. Davis Unfortunately, the war in Syria extends far beyond the extermination and loss of human life. While the numbers of deaths increase every day, another tragedy is occurring across the country: the decimation of cultural antiquities that date back thousands of years. The Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria is one such cultural monument that stood its…






How Brexit Could Break the British Premier League

By; William D. Curtis If you are a follower of international soccer, then you have heard the names Paul Pogba, Pep Guardiola, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and many more.  All of these men (and countless women as well) ply their trade – be it player or manager, in England, in the English Premier League.  The Premier League has become the world’s wealthiest…






Why China’s Abstention May Signal Future Peace in Aleppo

By; Julianna M. Charpentier The ongoing Syrian civil war, which began with pro-democracy protests in 2011 and has erupted into a multi-front war with more than 250,000 deaths, has ignited tensions far beyond Syria’s borders.[1] The United States, supporting the pro-democracy rebels, finds itself once again butting heads with Russia, who supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad.[2]  Rather than being…






Report: No Clear End in Sight for Google’s Legal Battles in Europe

By: David Gallagher   BACKGROUND As the executive body of the European Union, the European Commission enforces European law in a manner that “represents the interests of the European Union as a whole.”[1]  On July 14, 2016, the Commission filed a Statement of Objections[2] against Google, alleging that the Internet giant was operating its AdSense program in violation of European…






Report: How International Sports Arbitration Garners Worldwide Respect

By: Charlotte Smith In what started as a lie to his mother about his drunken shenanigans one night in Rio,[1] Ryan Lochte found himself in a unique position of deciding whether to accept punishment from American sports organizations or to contest his punishment in court. Having received an arguably symbolic, yet effective, punishment,[2] Lochte accepted his fate quietly and chose…






Report: The Environmental Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By: Ethan Blumenthal Few subjects are as politically polarized as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”).[i]  Much of the dialogue can be characterized, at best, as under-informed; or worse, downright inflammatory.  Through all of this, a number of well-reasoned opinions have managed to shine through, but they appear to be few and far between.  This report seeks to cut through that banter…






What the Paris Agreement Means Post-Ratification

By: Ethan Blumenthal Without a doubt, the successful negotiation of an international climate agreement last December was a monumental achievement; however, the work is far from over. The process of ratification has been, and will continue to be, of much debate, both within the United States and abroad.[1] The agreement has not yet entered into force, nor will it until…






The Madrid Protocol: Expanding Trademark Protection for Thai Marks

By: Maria Cannon INTRODUCTION Thailand has just finished amending its Trademark Act in order to become part of the Madrid Protocol,[1] which manages international trademark rights. Thailand’s accession to the Protocol is in furtherance of the Asean Economic Community’s harmonization plan.[2] The plan strategizes several initiatives to unify and strengthen Asean economic and political forces to counter other major global markets,…






Why Can’t the U.S. Just Take Iraq’s Oil?

By: Joseph Brook On September 7, 2016, at the “Commander-in-Chief Forum” in New York City, both candidates for President of the United States discussed foreign policy in a televised question and answer session. One candidate proposed a policy for American activity in the Middle East that raised some eyebrows. Specifically, the candidate said, “I’ve always said we shouldn’t be there…






GMO Regulation: Find Out Why the U.S. Finally Joined the International Fray

By: Amanda Aragon “Genetically engineered or genetically modified organisms (‘GMO’s, or ‘GM foods’) are defined as those in which ‘the genetic material (‘DNA’) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally.’ This methodology is then used ‘to create GM plants – which are then used to grow GM food crops.’”[i] On July 29th, President Obama signed bill…