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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

An American Deserter in Europe: Asylum Law, War Crimes, and the Curious Case of Andre Shepherd

By Edward Grodin, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy Editor-in-Chief Can an American servicemember qualify for asylum protections in Europe where he deserted for fear of committing war crimes? This question was recently answered in the affirmative by the Court of Justice of the European Union.[1] Andre Shepherd enlisted in the U.S. military in late … Continue reading

Florida Bankers Ass’n v. Treasury: Court Upholds Reporting Requirements Facilitating IRS Information Sharing with Foreign Revenue Authorities

By Steve Johnson, University Professor, Florida State University College of Law There is a strong trend in the direction of international cooperation in tax enforcement. The ease with which money can flow around the global – approximately $1 trillion cross national borders every day – means that determined tax evaders often can hide taxable amounts … Continue reading

Treasure Salvage Industry Impacts of Recent Decisions Upholding Wreck Sovereignty

By Davis George Moye, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy Member Florida is a major center for commercial treasure salvage.  Countless wrecks have littered its waters since colonial days, and it is home to some of the most successful salvors in the world, such as Mel Fisher’s Fisher Salvors, which has recovered hundreds of millions of … Continue reading

Treasure and Salvage in Florida and Abroad

By: C. Claire Armagnac, Journal of Transnational Law and Policy Associate Editor U.S. federal courts’ rulings on shipwreck salvage cases, such as Florida Dept. of State v. Treasure Salvors, Inc., 458 U.S. 760 (1982) and Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. v. Unidentified Shipwreck Vessel, 657 F. 3d 1159 (11th Cir. 2011) have set the stage for … Continue reading