Vol. XXXVII No. 1

Clough Center Lecture: A Common Gauge: Harmonization and International Law

Abstract: The international community should adopt more common standards, or common gauges, to help maximize global trade. Nations can capitalize on the international division of labor inherent in global trade by making many more of the individual parts of the global value chain interchangeable. The resulting global common gauge would lower costs and increase efficiency, […]

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How East Asia Could Amplify Its Voice in Global Economic Governance

Abstract: East Asia’s voice in global and economic governance is far smaller than it should be given the region’s contribution to world growth and its general significance. The region is under-represented, by any measure, on the International Monetary Fund, the Bank for International Settlements, and the Financial Stability Board. Only in the G20 does the […]

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Are the Outward Processing Provisions in the South Korean Free Trade Agreements Consistent with the Law of the World Trade Organization?

Abstract: In recent years, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) has entered into many free trade agreements (FTAs) that contain special provisions—outward processing (OP) provisions—that extend the benefit of preferential tariff rates to the products manufactured or processed in the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC). OP refers to the temporary exportation of goods for additional processing and […]

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An Added Exception to the TBT Agreement After Clove,Tuna II, and Cool

Abstract: In three 2012 cases, the World Trade Organization (WTO) found a United States regulation inconsistent with Article 2.1 but consistent with Article 2.2 of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement). Article 2.1 contains the TBT Agreement’s non-discrimination obligations and Article 2.2 requires regulations to not be more trade restrictive than necessary. […]

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Setting Its Sights on the Marrakesh Treaty: The U.S. Role in Alleviating the Book Famine for Persons with Print Disabilities

Abstract: Today, a global book famine deprives hundreds of millions of persons with print disabilities access to basic information worldwide. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reports that the visually impaired have access to merely 5 percent of published books. Amid the global movement to reevaluate copyright laws for the digital age, a watershed opportunity […]

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A State’s Duty to Prepare, Warn, and Mitigate Natural Disaster Damages

Abstract: The past two decades have brought an onslaught of increasingly severe natural disasters. Scientists warn that climate change will continue to worsen this phenomenon. Infrastructure has not, and will not, hold up to the threats these natural disaster pose. In light of this new global reality, this Note explores what duty a state has […]

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Moving Forward with the Responsibility to Protect: Using Political Inertia to Protect Civilians

Abstract: First formulated in 2005, the Responsibility to Protect has emerged onto the international legal landscape. This doctrine recently was expressed in the 2011 United Nations-authorized humanitarian intervention in Libya. Despite this promising start, the doctrine—designed to protect civilians from violence caused by their government or violence which the government is powerless to stop—has done […]

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