North Carolina Journal of International Law

"Connecting North Carolina to the World of International Law"

In the Face of UN Condemnations, Israel Passes a Bill Legalizing Settlements

By: Rebecca Mitchell On February 6, Israel passed a bill legalizing approximately 4,000 Jewish settlements in the West Bank.[1]  The bill would allow the Israeli state to seize privately-owned Palestinian land, granting the property to Israeli citizens for their exclusive use.[2]  Under the bill, Israeli citizens who built their homes on private Palestinian property, “in good faith or at the…






Why the “One China” Policy Still Matters

By: Alexis McGee On December 2, 2016, a short phone call between the president-elect of the United States and the president of Taiwan took place.[1]  A call that many suspect could shatter decades’ worth of U.S. policy regarding China relations and also put the diplomatic relationship on shaky ground.[2]  The China-U.S. relationship would then turn hostile when president-elect Donald Trump…






Report: Inaction in the Face of Suffering

By: Shawn Johnston The Civil War in Yemen has created a humanitarian disaster yet to receive an acceptable response from the international community.  Once touted by the Obama Administration as a model in counter-terrorism strategy,[1] the state of Yemen has since unraveled to such an extent that it has been removed from the list of political talking points.  Not surprisingly,…






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…