Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

Vanderbilt Journal of transnational Law is a magazine specializing in Law topics.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, March

Competing Claims: The Struggle for Title in Nicaragua
ABSTRACT Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution of the 1980s left the country's property scheme in a state of disarray. For eleven years, the leftist Sandinista government instituted mass land confiscations and agrarian reform that caused many individuals...
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Criminal Defamation and the Evolution of the Doctrine of Freedom of Expression in International Law: Comparative Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
ABSTRACT Restrictions on freedom of expression may take direct and indirect forms. A state may censor speech, criminalize defamation, harass the media or individual journalists, fail to investigate crimes against the media, require the compulsory...
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Criminalizing Marital Rape: A Comparison of Judicial and Legislative Approaches
ABSTRACT Even though many countries still permit husbands to rape their wives with little or no consequence, there is a growing trend that marital exemption is unjust and has no place in a civilized society. Recognition of the inappropriateness...
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Finding a Right to the City: Exploring Property and Community in Brazil and in the United States
ABSTRACT Increasing poor people's access to property and shelter in urban settings raises difficult questions over how to define property and, likewise, how to communicate who is entitled to legal property protections. An international movement--the...
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From the OAU to the AU: A Normative Shift with Implications for Peacekeeping and Conflict Management, or Just a Name Change?
ABSTRACT Many of the nations of Africa have struggled with violence since their independence from colonial powers. The formation of an intercontinental body, the Organization for African Unity, did little to reduce the number or severity of the...
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Motion Picture Piracy: Controlling the Seemingly Endless Supply of Counterfeit Optical Discs in Taiwan
ABSTRACT Annually, Hollywood loses roughly $3.5 billion dollars in revenue to optical disc piracy in Taiwan. Optical disc piracy involves the camcording or copying of motion pictures onto laser discs, digital versatile discs, or video compact discs....
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Services as Objects of International Trade: Bartering the Legal Profession
ABSTRACT The General Agreement on Trade in Service calls for members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to further liberalize and expand opportunities for international trade in services. With legal services included in this mandate, requests...
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The International Effects of the Adoption of a Consumption Tax in the United States
ABSTRACT This Note concludes that through the adoption of a consumption tax the United States will benefit from both short- and long-term gains. This Note presents the advantages of consumption taxes and where relevant, discusses a specific consumption...
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? the International Criminal Court as a Weapon of Asymmetric Warfare
ABSTRACT The United States is engaged in a war on terror against enemies who wage "asymmetric war" through terrorism, media manipulation, and "law-fare"--exploiting judicial processes to achieve political or military objectives. This Article...
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