Southwestern Journal of International Law

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 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. The seminar also offers a unique opportunity for students to research and write on any topic involving international law that interests them, with the guidance and assistance of faculty members. Research staff members who are recognized for outstanding contributions to the Journal are selected to serve on the editorial board during the subsequent year.

Issues, Subscriptions & Submissions

The Journal is published two times annually, in February and May. Current issues can be ordered from the Journal. Unless otherwise requested, the Journal is mailed at bulk rate. For some overseas subscribers, delivery via airmail may be more reliable than standard bulk rate service.

Current Subscription Rates Commencing Volume One

  • $30.00 / year (domestic)
  • $35.00 / year (foreign)
  • Single copies: $17.00 (plus $5.00 for foreign mailing)

Note: If a notice of termination is not received by the Managing Editor before the expiration of a subscription, the subscription will be automatically renewed. Unless a claim is made for non-receipt of an issue within six months after the mailing date, that issue will not be supplied free of charge.

Change of Address

Send to the address below at least 45 days before the date of the issue for which the change is to take effect. The Post Office will not forward copies unless the subscriber has provided extra postage. Duplicate copies will not be sent.

Please address all correspondence regarding subscriptions to:

Managing Editor
Southwestern Journal of International Law 3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 738-6857
Email: lawjournal@swlaw.edu

Current Issue

  1. Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2017

    Contents

    Full Issue (PDF)

    Table of Contents (PDF)

    Notes & Comments

    Arbitrability in Bilateral Investment Treaties: The Case that Applied International Law to Justify its Non-Application (PDF)
    Carlo Brooks

    The TPP and Beyond: The Vital Role of Judicial Discretion (PDF)
    Haik Gasparyan

    University Adjudication of Sexual Assault: How Affirmative Consent Can Help Close the Gap(PDF)
    Michelle Lewis

    Rethinking Copyright Termination in a Global Market: How a Limitation in U.S. Copyright Law Could Be Resolved by France's Droit D'Auteur (PDF)
    Andrew Paster 

    Achieving the Copyright Equilibrium: How Fair Use Law Can Protect Japanese Parody and Dojinshi (PDF)
    Yoshimi M. Pelc

    Contracting for Blue Gold: An Examination of the Legal Designs Surrounding Private Water Delivery (PDF)
    Shannon Royster

    The Time Does Not Fit the Crime: Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders in Favor of Judicial Discretion(PDF)
    Ava Shahani

    Copyright 2016 Southwestern Journal of International Law

Recent Issues

  1. Vol. 23, No. 1, Fall 2016

    Contents

    Opening Remarks (PDF)
    Susan Westerberg Prager & Hon. George H. King

    Thoughts of Fifty Years of Changes in the Central District (PDF)
    Marc M. Seltzer, Hon. Manuel L. Real & William Deverell

    The Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Murder and its Aftermath Panel Discussion (PDF)
    Hon. Gary Feess, Hon. Robert C. Bonner, Paul Hoffman & Manny Medrano

    The Martyrdom and Avenging of Enrique Camarena-Salazar: A Review of Caselaw and Scholarship After Thirty Years (PDF)
    Arthur F. McEvoy

    Judges Teaching Rule of Law Abroad Panel Discussion (PDF)
    Bryant Garth, Hon. Lourdes Baird, Hon. Ronald Lew, Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell, Hon. David Carter, & Hon. Barbara Rothstein

    Federal Judges and Rule of Law Initiatives: An Epilogue with Notes for Scholarly Inquiry (PDF)
    Juliana Ramirez

    The Central District Of California’s Court Programs (PDF)
    Amanda Goodman, Hon. George H. King & Hon. Otis D. Wright

    Keynote Address How International Law Became A Four-Letter Word (PDF)
    Hon. M. Margaret Mckeown

    Log Cabin Republicans V. United States: Litigating “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Panel Discussion (PDF)
    Danielle Hart, Hon. Terry J. Hatter, Jr., Dan Woods, Col. Christopher Miner, Hon. Virginia Phillips & Erwin Chemerinsky

    The Role Of Research, Litigation And Comparative International Policy In Ending The U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy (PDF)
    Nathaniel Frank

    Log Cabin Republicans: International Experience with Military Inclusiveness and the End Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (PDF)
    David B. Cruz

    Marootian V. New York Life Insurance Company: Litigating Armenian Genocide Insurance Claims Panel Discussion (PDF)
    Hon. Zaven V. Sinanian, Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian, Richard G. Hovannisian & Michael J. Bazyler

    The Armenian Genocide And The Ruse Of Protective Dispossession (PDF)
    Richard G. Hovannisian

    The Unfinished Business Of The Armenian Genocide: Armenian Property Restitution In American Courts (PDF)
    Michael J. Bazyler & Rajika L. Shah

     

    The El Monte Sweatshop Slavery Cases Panel Discussion (PDF)
    Gowri Ramachandran, Hon. Audrey B. Collins, Julie Su, Scott Cummings & Muneer Ahmad

    Copyright 2016 Southwestern Journal of International Law

  2. Vol. 22, No. 2, Spring 2016

    ABA Task Force On International Trade Legal Services

    It's a Small World After All: A Global Tour of Transnational Regulatory Changes Affecting You!

    Foreign Lawyers: Energizing the U.S. Practice of Law (PDF)
    Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York and New York Court of Appeals (Retired)

    Jose Siderman Human Rights Lecture

    How International Law Can Eradicate Torture: A Response to Cynics (PDF)
    Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment

    Articles

    Designing an Emergency Arbitration Mechanism for Afghanistan: A Composite of Successful Models from the International Community (PDF)
    Najibullah Hakimi

    Human Dignity and Punishment in Judaic and Islamic Law: War and the Death Penalty (PDF)
    Marvin Lim

    Gentrification and the Right to Housing: How Hip Becomes a Human Rights Violation (PDF)
    Emily Ponder

    Notes and Comments 

    Enough is Enough: FIFA Must Incorporate Principles from the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 to Combat Ongoing Executive Committee Corruption (PDF)
    Ali Eghbal

    El Gran Canal de Nicaragua: When Government Infrastructure Infringes on the Land Rights of Indigenous Communities (PDF)
    Juliana Ramirez

    Copyright 2016 Southwestern Journal of International Law 

  3. Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall 2016

    Symposium

    The Global Struggle for Women's Equality

    Gender-Based Asylum Post-Matter of A-R-C-G-: Evolving Standards and Fair Application of the Law (PDF)
    Blaine Bookey

    Changing the Face of Politics: Electing More Women (PDF)
    Lindsay Bubar and Kimberly Ellis

    Iraqi Women Confronting ISIL: Protecting Women's Rights in the Context of Conflict (PDF)
    Lisa Davis

    The Status of Women in Elected Office (PDF)
    Bettina Duval


    Survivors in the Criminal Justice System (PDF)
    Sabrina Talukder

    Article

    Precluding the Statute of Limitations? How to Deal with Nazi-Looted Art After Cornelius Gurlitt (PDF)
    Phillip Hellwege

    Notes and Comments

    A Stream of Hope: Why Music Streaming Licenses Will Turn Around China's Music Industry in Spite of the Rampant Piracy of Music (PDF)
    John Baldivia

    Uncertainty and Innovation: The Need for Effective Regulations to Foster Successful Integration of Personal and Commercial Drones (PDF)
    Michael Calvo

    Blocking Pro-Terrorist Websites: A Balance Between Individual Liberty and National Security in France (PDF)
    Amanda Goodman

    Copyright 2016 Southwestern Journal of International Law 

  4. Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2015

    Symposium

    Making the Case: Rule of Law In The Emerging Development Agenda

    Introduction: Rule of Law and the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (PDF)
    Dr. Isabella D. Bunn

    The Case for Rule of Law and Development: Issues of Definition, Methodology, and Measurement (PDF)
    Elizabeth Andersen and Gowri Janakiramanan

    Rule of Law, Environment and Sustainable Development (PDF)
    Daniel Barstow Magraw

    Advancing the Environmental Rule of Law: A Call for Measurement (PDF)
    Alexandra Dapolito Dunn and Sarah Stillman


    Rule of Law in the Emerging Development Agenda: On Finding the Optimal Role for Investment Treaties (PDF)
    Timothy J. Feighery

    Post-2015 Development Goals for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (PDF)
    Aileen A. Pisciotta

    Pacta Sunt Servanda: Nuclear Weapons and Global Secure Sustainable Development (PDF)
    Jonathan Granoff

    A Call to Action for Rule of Law and Development (PDF)
    Christopher Marshall

    Epilogue: Rule of Law and the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (PDF)
    Don Scott De Amicis

    Articles

    Targeting Cyber Arms Dealers Who Directly Participate in Hostilities (PDF)
    Collin Allan

    Building a Two-Fold Structure in Resolving Political Disputes on the Korean Peninsula: Case Study on the Kaesong Industrial Complex (PDF)
    Yi Seul Kim

    Can Employee Stock Ownership Plans Improve Corporate Governance Standards in Latin American Countries? (PDF)
    Ramiro Salvochea

    Notes and Comments

    Without a Grain of Salt: Evaluating International Permitting Schemes in Light of Industrial-Grade Desalination (PDF)
    Kenneth P. Korosi

    Warning! This Product May Cause Heart Disease, Diabetes, or Just Make You Fat: Using the International Strategy Requiring Warning Labels on Tobacco as a Bluebrint for Regulating Soft Drinks (PDF)
    Christina Marquez

    Drilling for Disclosure After API v. SEC: Incentivizing Voluntary Payment Transparency in the Resource Extraction Industry Through Exemptions to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act (PDF)
    Imran Rahman

    Unpaid Internships in the Entertainment Industry: The Need for a Clear and Practical Intern Standard After the Black Swan Lawsuit (PDF)
    Diana Shaginian

    Copyright 2015 Southwestern Journal of International Law 

  1. Submissions

    The Southwestern Journal of International Law invites authors to submit lead articles which focus on novel legal developments, emerging global issues and ongoing legal conflicts in the area of international law. The Journal strives to produce lead articles that are especially pertinent to the dynamic intricacies of international law where technology, nationhood and divergent forms of legal theories and histories collide. Submissions that critique, compare and analyze the law of a single country or region outside the United States are welcome, as well as comparisons of law between the U.S. and other nations.

    The Journal accepts submissions from jurists, professors, practitioners and students. Manuscripts should be typed or prepared on a computer and submitted in English with text double-spaced and footnotes single-spaced. Footnotes should comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015), and authors must be prepared to provide any cited source upon request. Submissions will be accepted on the understanding that their content has not been published elsewhere.

    With their submissions authors should include an abstract of approximately 250 words and a resume or C.V. These documents should include a direct email address and phone number at which authors can be reached during the entire review process.

    The Journal prefers that articles be submitted electronically through ExpressO. Submissions should be in Word or WordPerfect format. The Journal greatly appreciates all submissions and attempts to notify authors of acceptance or rejection as soon as possible.

    Deadlines

    The Journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Nonetheless, to be considered for the Winter issue, articles should be submitted by August; to be considered for the Spring issue, it is best to submit articles by December.

    Please send submissions/questions to:

    Editor-in-Chief
    Southwestern Journal of International Law
    3050 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, California 90010-1106
    Phone: (213) 738-6857
    Email: lawjournal@swlaw.edu

    The Editing Process

    The editorial board comprised of J.D. candidates reviews articles once they are received and makes the final decision regarding publication. The faculty advisers of the Journal may be consulted during the evaluation of articles.

    If the article is accepted, the Editor-in-Chief sends a packet of information to the author, including a contract. Once the publication contract has been signed, an article team is assembled and the technical and substantive editing of the article commences. Once this editing is complete, the author is sent a final version of the article for review. After the author's review, the article is reviewed by the Journal's editorial board only for technical errors before being sent to the publisher.

  2. Current Members

    Editor-in-Chief

    Shant Nashalian

    Managing Editor

    Zurit Barajas

    Senior Editor

    Ariana Bayat

    Lead Article Editors

    Vera Hovhannisyan
    Michelle Almary

    Notes & Comments Editors

    Lourdes Galvan
    Victoria Carthorn

    Special Research Projects Editor

    Chase Wilt

    Associate Editors

    Olivia Kim

    Faculty Advisors

    • Mark Cammack
    • Jonathan Miller
  3. Write-On Competition

    To be considered for Law Review or Law Journal membership, students must participate in the Write-on Competition and have completed at least the first-year day, second-year evening, second-year PLEAS/Part-time Day programs or the first year of SCALE. The competition takes place immediately following spring final exams (transfer students should refer to alternate dates below).

    The Write-on Competition requires submitting a short paper (maximum seven pages, double-spaced) in response to a closed-universe problem. No outside research is permitted, and students may not consult outside sources. Students will only have access to a downloadable copy of the problem from the Law Review and Law Journal Write-on Competition TWEN page.

    All submissions must be submitted through the Law Review and Law Journal Write-on Competition TWEN page. The deadline for submitting a Write-on Competition paper will be strictly enforced. Under no circumstances will the deadline be extended. Neither the Law Review nor the Law Journal are responsible for any difficulties students may face in uploading their submission.

    Please direct questions to: Law Review, Law Journal or the Student Affairs Office.