Washington International Law Journal

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, January

Common Ground in the Sky: Extending the 1967 Outer Space Treaty to Reconcile U.S. and Chinese Security Interests
I. IntroductionChina's recent test of an anti-satellite weapon on January 11, 2007, put the incipient arms race in space between the United States and China back into the public consciousness.1 Under the Bush Administration, the United States has been...
Geographical Indications in China: Why Protect Gis with Both Trademark Law and Aoc-Type Legislation?
I. INTRODUCTIONGeographical indications ("GI") are signs "used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin."1 Perhaps the most internationally recognized GI is "Champagne,"...
Litigating Labor Rights across a Demilitarized Zone: The South Korean Constitutional Court as a Forum to Address Labor Violations in North Korea's Kaesong Special Economic Zone
I. INTRODUCTIONAn hour's car ride from Seoul into the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula into North and South Korea Ues possibly the world's most heavily guarded Special Economic Zone ("SEZ").1 The SEZ is comprised of a collection of...
Money for Nothing, Your Crises for Free?: A Comparative Analysis of Consumer Credit Policies in Post-1997 South Korea and Thailand
I. IntroductionSince the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis ("1997-98 Crisis"), South Korea1 and Thailand have witnessed a rapid growth of the credit card industry and increasing levels of bad debt as a result of such growth. South Korea, in particular,...
Reconciliation in the Wake of Tragedy: Cambodia's Extraordinary Chambers Undermines the Cambodian Constitution
I. IntroductionAs one of thousands of killing fields sprinkled throughout Cambodia, Choeung Ek was a burial ground for Cambodians arrested and tortured at the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh.1 After prison guards tortured their victims, these innocent...
The Human Rights Costs of China's Arms Sales to Sudan-A Violation of International Law on Two Fronts
I. INTRODUCTIONArmed men on horses, camels and vehicles came with Sudanese government soldiers and surrounded the village at midday. Two hours later, one ... plane and two helicopters flew over the village and shot rockets. The attackers came into the...
Tipping the Scale to Bring a Balanced Approach: Evidence Disclosure in Chinese International Arbitration
I. INTRODUCTIONIn 2005, China became the world's fourth largest economy.1 On average, China's economy has grown by 9.4% annually for the past twentyseven years,2 and it is expected to continue to grow by 7.5% until 2010.3 China's incredible transition...
Toward a Legislative Solution to the Growing Hiv/aids Epidemic in Russia: A Case for Expanded Health Privacy
I. INTRODUCTION"If the [Russian] leadership continues to pay only lip service to the issue [of HIV/AIDS]... then the consequences ... will be devastating to... society, to family formation, to the military, to productivity of labor, [and] to continued...
Vietnam's Decree on Microfinance: A Flawed Attempt to Create an Enabling Legal Environment for Microfinance
I. INTRODUCTIONIn 2006, Mohammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below."1 Neither a politician nor a traditional peace activist, Mohammad Yunus is, instead, an economist...
Women's Land Rights in Rural China: Transforming Existing Laws into a Source of Property Rights
I. INTRODUCTIONPrior to land reform policies instituted in China during the late 1990s, rural women like Hou Cunli did not anticipate losing land rights upon marriage.1 After moving to her husband's village at marriage, Hou's natal village redistributed...
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