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.

The Impact of the Pentagon’s decision to cancel $300M more of the coalition support funding to Pakistan on US-Pakistan relations and the global war on terror

On September 1, the U.S. military cancelled $300 million in aid to Pakistan, because it believes that the Pakistani government has not taken decisive actions to combat terrorist militants.[i]  This came in the source of Coalition Support Funds, or CSF, which reimburse Pakistan for counter-terrorism operations.[ii]  Earlier this year, Congress cancelled $500 million in CSF and stopped a “long-standing” joint…

A Landmark Decision for Human Rights: The Decriminalization of Homosexuality in India

In a precedential case, India’s Supreme Court ruled that gay sex is no longer a crime.[i]  The decision, a unanimous one, overturned colonial legislation that has existed for over 150 years.[ii]  Colonialism left archaic laws in its wake, including those that criminalized gay sex.[iii]  India, in particular, has a long history of strict prosecution of the British colonial laws with…

Elephant Killings in Botswana Demonstrate the Struggle Between Balancing the Value of Human Life and Wildlife

Earlier this month, news broke that almost ninety elephant carcasses had been found in Botswana.[i]  Though a tremendous percentage of elephants have been killed in the last decade in other parts of Africa,[ii] the incidence of more current elephant deaths in Botswana is relatively rare.[iii]  The rare incidence of poaching is largely attributed to armed anti-poaching units (APUs) that used…

Taglieri v. Monasky

Taglieri v. Monasky arose under the Hague Convention of Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction which mandates that a wrongfully removed child must be returned to their country of habitual residence.[i]While the case has been vacated upon rehearing by the Sixth Circuit, the Court temporarily held that the child at issue–A.M.T–had a habitual residence in Italy after applying a new…

Is a New Government Venezuela’s Only Hope?

Venezuela is experiencing one of the worst economic crises in history, and by far the worst in its history.[i]  With its debt exceeding over 100% of its GDP, hyperinflation over 400%, an unemployment rate around 20%, and the inability of Venezuela to repay its bond holders, Venezuela’s future economic stability looks bleak.[ii]  This economic crisis has led to a shortage…

Vol. 43 Symposium: Professor Kathryn Bradley on International Surrogacy

2017 North Carolina Journal of International Law Symposium: Professor Kathryn Bradley on International Surrogacy Reproductive tourism is estimated to be a $6 Billion a year industry, and its use by intended parents is growing, particularly through reproduction clinics and surrogates in countries with rising levels of poor women who need the extra income. At the 2017 North Carolina Journal of…