The Forum

The Forum is the place where you will find Notes & Comments, written by staff members, which have been selected for publication exclusively on ncilj.com. These pieces typically focus on a specific case or emerging international legal issue in great detail. All pieces are edited and cited to the same rigorous standards as the print publication of the journal.

Liberty’s Application: the European Union’s Struggles with Detaining Asylum Applicants

For the past few years, the European Union (“EU”) has been grappling with an influx of immigrants, particularly Syrian refugees. From the United Kingdom to Sweden to the Czech Republic, the influx has become an increasingly prevalent political issue. However, this is not a new issue for the EU. Since 1999, the EU has attempted to establish a set of uniform…

PDVSA’s Win-Win Option: A Bankruptcy Framework Using Chapter 15 and Section 363 to Maximize PDVSA’s Debt Restructuring Options

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is experiencing one of the world’s worst economic crises in recent history and by far the worst in its history. Promulgated by failed policies of its two most recent presidents, current President Nicolás Maduro and the late Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s future economic stability looks bleak. Currently, Venezuela’s debt exceeds its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by…

Closing the Blast Doors: Constructing Comprehensive Space Safety Standards in a Galaxy Not So Far Away

In 2003 Gregory Nemitz sued NASA for infringing on his property rights by parking on “his” asteroid. He alleged that he was entitled to parking fees, citing his registration on the Archimedes Institute website of the asteroid in question. Unsurprisingly, his case was dismissed. The court stated that his Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendment claims all failed, because there are no…

Nail in the MLAT Coffin: Examining Alternatives Solutions to the Current Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty Regime in International Cross-Border Data Sharing

Pardon me for being one to state the obvious—but, the world is changing. Among the many who do not need that fact reiterated to them are officials in domestic and international law enforcement. Today, where a crime is committed, where a suspect is located, and where the evidence necessary to prosecute him or her exists are all often found in…