JTLPblog has written 29 posts for International Insights

Regional Bullies: Unpacking Donald Trump’s “America First” Plan

By: William Tipton With a change in presidential administrations comes a change in foreign policy. This election has the potential to create the most substantial shift in foreign policy between two administrations. The policies presented by Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton drastically contrast each other. Secretary Clinton’s policy is, in many ways, a continuation of … Continue reading

Legal English Lost in Translation: Is There an App for That?

By: Cassandra DeCoste Languages are living entities whose lives depend on the breath of their fluent speakers.[1] The total number of living languages today rounds to 7,100.[2] Of the roughly 7,100 languages, six languages represent the international community at the United Nations.[3] Fewer languages have an official place in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).[4] … Continue reading

Making a Nuclear Iran: The Problem with Circumventing Congress

By: Harrison DuBosar On Tuesday July 14th President Obama announced that an accord “to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade” was reached “in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.”[1]  The White House reinforced its optimism upon publication of “The Iran Nuclear Deal: What You Need to Know About the … Continue reading

Asylum Seekers in America: The Plight of Unaccompanied Alien Children

By: Christie Arnold           International asylum law is centered on respecting and defending human rights while providing a safe space for citizens whose ability to live in their home countries was severely violated.  In the U.S. context, the legal relief of asylum grants persecuted people the right to live and work here, and be put … Continue reading

China’s Economic Slowdown: Inevitable but Not Permanent

By Michael Eylerts In the early 1990s, foreign investment in China increased dramatically and played a major role in the nation’s economic rise throughout the 90s and the early 2000s[1].  In 2004, China’s GDP was estimated around $1,649.3 billion and was ranked number 7 internationally[2].  However, by 2014, China was ranked second, with an estimated … Continue reading

Faith or Family: The Effects of Catholicism on Civil Union Legislation in Italy

By: William Eugene Tipton New legislation is up for vote in the Italian Legislature pertaining to the legal recognition of same-sex civil unions. Currently, Italy does not have any safeguard in place to protect homosexual couples rights to parenthood or spousal employment benefits. The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Italy for failing to … Continue reading

Is Northern Nigeria a Breading Ground for Terrorism?

By: Salem Abraham* Long before the kidnapping of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls, the mass killings of over 20,000 individuals, and the displacement of 2.3 million people, Boko Haram’s rise within the ranks of global terrorism came as little to no surprise to observers of the region. Just recently, the New York Times ranked Boko Haram as … Continue reading

Densely Populated Gaza Strip Uninhabitable by 2020

By: Amanda Qadri* For decades, Israel and the State of Palestine have clashed. Putting aside the politics behind the ongoing conflict, there is a humanitarian issue that is overlooked: Palestinians are being deprived of the daily essentials necessary for survival. According to the United Nations (U.N.), Gaza could be uninhabitable by 2020.[1] Palestinians are denied … Continue reading

The U.S. Drone Program: Targeted Killings and the Principle of Distinction

By: John Balbona* An important issue facing the United States (U.S.) and the international community as a whole is the role that unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as “drones,” should play in the fight against terrorism. Specifically, whether the use of drones for targeted killings of non-state actors within foreign countries is permissible by international … Continue reading

There’s No Avoiding Corporate Tax Avoidance

By: Kadmiel Perez* Large corporations are inescapable in modern society. They have embedded their businesses into our lives with their products, entertainment, and advertising, and out of that labor they generate billions of dollars in revenue.[1] Large multi-national corporations (MNCs) are able to make even more money as they instill their brand and way of … Continue reading