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.

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…

The True Victim-Centered Approach: Expanding Safety Guidelines to Mitigate Sexual Assault of Patients in Healthcare Settings

At Hacienda Healthcare, a nonprofit long-term care facility in Phoenix, Arizona, a female patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth.[i] Neither facility staff nor the patient’s family noticed the pregnancy until she exhibited physical distress during labor.[ii] Phoenix police arrested a male nurse, whose DNA matched that of the child, charging him with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse.[iii]…

The Potential Value of Social Media in Asylum Law Cases

“Based on the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol, I’m Rahaf Mohammed, formally seeking refugee status to any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family.” On January 6, 2019, 18-year old Rahaf Mohammad al-Qunun sent the above tweet in a desperate call for help to the international…

New Canadian Drone Regulations Aim to Thwart Aviation Interference

Drones have become an integral part of life as the devices are increasingly deployed around the world to deliver packages, assist in disaster recovery efforts, and even provide military information.[i]  However, along with the benefits and convenience that drones bring, comes also interference and annoyance.  The Canadian government released a report last year indicating that there were 95 instances in…

The Challenges Facing India’s New Job and Education Reservation

On January 12th India’s President, Ram Nath Kovind, assented to a Constitutional Amendment providing for a 10% job and education quota for the economically weak citizens of the upper casts.[i]  Specifically, the Amendment expands on India’s current affirmative action program by reserving 10% of government jobs and seats at educational institutions for the poor in India’s general category.[ii]  However, even…

Africa’s Recent Push for Enforcement of Child Marriage Laws

It seems Africa is pushing harder than ever for African states to recognize the horrors of child marriage and the need for enforcement of African marriage laws.[1] A recent case in Sudan saw the court overturning a death sentence for a teen murdering her abusive husband.[2] In addition to this, two major African rights groups adopted a General Joint Comment…

United States Pulls Out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (the “INF” Treaty) with Russia.[i] At a campaign rally, Trump stated that unless the U.S., Russia, and China could unilaterally agree to cease production of weapons banned under the INF Treaty, the U.S. would pull out of the…