Boston College International and Comparative Law Review


Vol. 36, No. 1, Winter

The Fiscal Compact, the "Golden Rule," and the Paradox of European Federalism
Abstract: This Article analyzes the central provision of the recently enacted Fiscal Compact, which directs member states of the European Union (EU) to incorporate into their constitutions a "golden rule"-that is, a requirement that yearly budgets be...
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Rethinking Economic Governance: A Naturalistic Cosmopolitan Jurisprudence
Abstract: This Article seeks to develop a frame of reference for comprehending legitimacy structures in emerging global economic governance regimes. To that end, it provides, in contradistinction from positivist and pragmatist approaches, an alternative...
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Beyond Revolution: Ending Lawlessness and Impunity during Revolutionary Periods
Abstract: In early 2011, mass protests erupted throughout Libya, political elites defected to form the resistance National Transitional Council, and the international community eventually intervened in the conflict. The result was the ouster of long-ruling...
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Justice for All: American Muslims, Sharia Law, and Maintaining Comity within American Jurisprudence
Abstract: The U.S. Muslim population, although currently only comprising one percent of all Americans, is on the rise. Muslim Americans are largely assimilated, happy with their lives, moderate with respect to divisive issues, and opposed to violence....
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Trapped in China's Shadow? Intellectual Property Protection in Post-WTO-Accession Russia
Abstract: Russia's December 2011 accession to the World Trade Organization means that it has agreed to implement and enforce intellectual property (IP) laws in accordance with the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property. This gives...
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Erecting New Constitutional Cultures: The Problems and Promise of Constitutionalism Post-Arab Spring
Abstract: Constitutions contain two types of elements: functional and aspirational. The functional elements establish the institutions that comprise the state and the pragmatic rules of governance-the "constitution in practice." Aspirational elements...
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Mind the Gap: The Equality Bill and Sharia Arbitration in the United Kingdom
Abstract: The observance of Sharia principles in Islamic arbitration tribunals operating in the United Kingdom has been heralded for its ability to provide Muslim communities with internal, community-based fora for dispute resolution. Although the judgments...
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Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring

Anchoring the Law in a Bed of Principle: A Critique of, and Proposal to Improve, Canadian and American Hearsay and Confrontation Law
Abstract: As recent case law demonstrates, both American Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause jurisprudence and Canadian common law relating to hearsay evidence are conceptually problematic. The laws are, at times, internally incoherent and are difficult...
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Multikulti Ist Doch 'Ne Erfolgreiche Realität: Why Tolerance Is Vital for German Economic Growth
Abstract: In October 2010, German politicians declared that multiculturalism in Germany was no longer viable. That controversial declaration ignited a heated debate, and Germans were forced to address the fact that national immigration policies since...
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Short-Time Compensation: Is Germany's Success with Kurzarbeit an Answer to U.S. Unemployment?
Abstract: The recent financial crisis caused a global recession that affected the economies of both the United States and Germany. While the ranks of jobless workers expanded in the U.S. and unemployment remain high, Germany's labor market was less affected...
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Hacktivism: A New Breed of Protest in a Networked World
Abstract: After WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents in 2010, the ensuing cyber-attacks waged by all sides in the controversy brought the phenomenon of hacktivism into popular focus. Many forms of hacktivism...
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Constitutionalizing an Enforceable Right to Food: A New Tool for Combating Hunger
Abstract: Although international treaties recognize a right to food, few nations have established a domestic, legally enforceable right to food. A justiciable national right to food can provide a basis for legal redress, national food policies, and state...
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Uncle Sven Knows Best: The Ecj, Swedish Gambling Restrictions, and Outmoded Proportionality Analysis
Abstract: The free movement of services is a fundamental tenet of the European Union's Common Market. Gambling services' free movement, however, has long been obstructed by municipal gambling restrictions. One such restriction in place in Sweden authorized...
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Justice for Tyrants: International Criminal Court Warrants for Gaddafi Regime Crimes
Abstract: The Arab Spring was a period of great transition in the Middle East and North Africa, when people in many nations united in protest against their oppressive and tyrannical governments. In February 2011, the Libyan people filled their city streets...
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Here, There, and Everywhere: Human Dignity in Contemporary Law and in the Transnational Discourse
Abstract: Over the past several decades, human dignity has become an omnipresent idea in contemporary law. This Article surveys the use of human dignity by domestic and international courts and describes the concept's growing role in the transnational...
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Left Hanging: The Crucifix in the Classroom and the Continuing Need for Reform in Italy
Abstract: Increased immigration throughout Europe and expanding religious pluralism have exerted pressure on European States to make further accommodation for minority religious populations. This poses a challenge for Italy and other European States...
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Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter

Following a Sigmoid Progression: Some Jurisprudential and Pragmatic Considerations regarding Territorial Acquisition among Nation-States
Abstract: This article analyzes methods and doctrines used by States to acquire territories. The role of the United Nations in resolving disputes between nations and the inhabitants directly affected by the disputes is also addressed, including the jurisdictional,...
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Love It or Hate It, but for the Right Reasons: Pragmatism and the New Haven School's International Law of Human Dignity
Abstract: This Article presents a novel understanding of pragmatism in the New Haven School of international law. The New ffaven Jurisprudence is wrapped in layers of mystification and the scant accounts of its pragmatism in the literature are either...
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Social Media, Political Change, and Human Rights
Abstract: In this Essay, the role of social media in progressive political change is examined in the context of the Arab Spring uprisings. The concept of social media is explained, and Clay Shirky's arguments for and Malcolm Gladwell's arguments against...
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Shielding the Public Interest: What Canada Can Learn from the United States in the Wake of National Post and Globe & Mail
Abstract: In Canada and the United States, freedom of the press is among the most fundamental rights of citizens; yet, the exact contours of this freedom are still hotly debated. One contested question concerns the right of a journalist to protect the...
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Wanted: A Practical Application of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to Foreign Reward Offers
Abstract: In 1976, Congress sought to codify the application of sovereign immunity with the passing of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). As foreign governments began to routinely act as participants in international commerce, Congress intended...
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Delayed Fight: The World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Negotiation, and the Transatlantic Conflict over Commercial Aircraft
Abstract: For over thirty years, the United States and the European Union have waged a bitter and seemingly eternal political battle over the manufacture and trade of large commercial aircraft. In 2005, they brought this dispute to the World Trade Organization...
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This Is Gun Country: The International Implications of U.S. Gun Control Policy
Abstract: Mexican drug trafficking organizations are the largest providers of illicit drugs to the United States. They have also grown to rely on advanced, high-power weaponry and to use their nearly military-grade armament to maintain control over smuggling...
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