Southwestern's Journal of International Law (formerly Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas) complements Southwestern's extensive course offerings and faculty expertise in international and comparative law. Participation on the Journal allows students to develop their legal writing and research skills along with their substantive knowledge of topics covered by the Journal.
The Journal publishes scholarly notes and articles contributed by students and members of the legal community (click here for submission information) and sponsors related symposia. In doing so, the Journal explores areas such as international insolvency, environmental law, international trade issues, NAFTA, international arbitration, privatization in Central and South American countries, immigration, human rights, international crime, and a host of other comparative issues. Recent symposia, with proceedings later published in the Journal, have included "2021: International Law Ten Years From Now," "The Future of the Exclusionary Rule: American and International Perspectives," "Arctic Sovereignty: Cold Facts, Hot Issues," "Abandoning the Inquisitor: Latin America's Criminal Procedure Revolution," "Antitrust and Intellectual Property in Global Context," and "CAFTA and Commercial Law Reform in the Americas."
Any student in good academic standing who has completed at least the first-year day or SCALE program or at least the second-year evening or PLEAS program may compete in the summer Write-On Competition to become a member of the research staff. Staff members are required to participate in a two-unit seminar taught by one or more of the Journal's advisors during the fall semester. The seminar focuses on journal research and writing skills along with substantive areas of law and trade in the Americas. Research staff members who are recognized for outstanding contributions to the Journal are selected to serve on the editorial board during the subsequent year.
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