Blog Posts

Blog Posts are shorter, more conversational pieces that are designed to provide a brief update on international legal issues, often centering on recent reported developments in the news. These pieces feature the author’s perspective more prominently than other pieces produced by journal staff.

Modern Day Colonialism? United States Government Recognizes Israeli Sovereignty over Illegally Occupied Golan Heights

Introduction With the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), Congress lowered the federal corporate tax rate to 21%[i] from its previous rate of 35%.[ii]  The initial push for the TCJA was to repatriate some of the untaxed profits in U.S. corporations’ foreign subsidiaries; an estimated amount of $2.8 trillion in 2017.[iii]  Some of the effects…

The Economic Impact of the Taxing Tech

Introduction With the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), Congress lowered the federal corporate tax rate to 21%[i] from its previous rate of 35%.[ii]  The initial push for the TCJA was to repatriate some of the untaxed profits in U.S. corporations’ foreign subsidiaries; an estimated amount of $2.8 trillion in 2017.[iii]  Some of the effects…

An Abrupt End to U.S. Aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

On March 29th, 2019, President Donald Trump ordered the State Department to inform Congress of his intention to end foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, frequently referred to as “the Northern Triangle.”[i]  While the President has previously threatened to cut aid to the Northern Triangle, the recent threat is paired with confirmation.[ii]  The State Department confirmed the intention…

Tanzania’s Crackdown on the LBGTQ Community

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “morality crusade”?[i] To the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, it means discrimination against teenage girls who become pregnant[ii], and most recently, to hunt down homosexuals with the public’s help.[iii] This call has led to thousands of Tanzanians living in fear as the government calls for the public’s help in the…

Anxiety, Ambivalence, and Ambiguity: Nicaragua’s Uncertain Way Forward

“It’s a terrible reality.”[i] These were the words of a 36-year old Nicaraguan man named Milton when asked about the crisis in Nicaragua.[ii] Milton made these comments while waiting in line, with hundreds of others, outside Nicaragua’s main passport office.[iii] Nicaraguan citizens have been camping outside of the office and even selling their places in line to the highest bidder.[iv]…

NCILJ Symposium 2019: New Developments in Immigration Law

Recent changes in immigration policies have raided the long-standing practices characteristic of American immigration courts.[i]At the annual Symposium for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, the session on New Developments in Immigration Law brought in a variety of voices that discussed these changes.[ii]Panelists at this session included Fatma Marouf, a professor and director of the Immigrant…

NCILJ Symposium 2019: Professor Susan Akram on Challenges to Immigration Rights Advocates

The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held its annual symposium on February 1, 2019.  The symposium invited scholars including Professor Susan Akram to speak on discrete issues in immigration law. Professor Susan Akram at Boston University School of Law directs BU Law’s International Human Rights Clinic where…

NCILJ Symposium 2019: Panel on Environmental Migration

The North Carolina Journal of International Law’s annual symposium on February 1, 2019 featured a panel discussion on environmental migration, moderated by UNC School of Law’s Professor Deborah Weissman. The speakers for the environmental migration panel included Elizabeth Ferris, who serves as a research professor with the Institute for the Study of Internal Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign…

NCILJ Symposium 2019: The Statelessness of Hill Tribes in Thailand

The issue of statelessness plagues many individuals in Thailand.[i]While the exact number is not known, it is estimated that well over one million individuals lack Thai citizenship.[ii]Many of the individuals who lack citizenship are members of Thailand’s northern hill tribes.[iii]Thailand’s northern hill tribes include members of the Akna, Lanu, Lisu, Yao, Shan, Hmong, and Karen ethnic communities.[iv]Although these hill tribes…