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The Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs (JLIA) is a digital, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, jointly published by Penn State's School of Law and School of International Affairs. The journal promotes academic and public discourse at the intersection of law and international affairs, featuring contributions in the areas of public and private international law, international relations, comparative law and politics, geography, economics, history, and policy issues in the various sciences. It is available online and indexed by LEXIS and Westlaw.

The journal's annual symposium The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity, was held on Friday, February 7, 2014 and brought together distinguished scholars, government officials, and practitioners from the NGO and private sectors to discuss global resource scarcity and its impact on the world’s legal, agricultural and security environments. The program included a keynote address by Jonathan Shrier, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State, and three panels featuring Carmen G. Gonzalez, professor of law at Seattle University School of Law; David Blandford, professor of agricultural and environmental economics at Penn State University and editor of WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support; ​​Terence P. Stewart, managing partner of Stewart and Stewart; Erin Lentz, professor of international studies at Bucknell University; Marc Cohen, senior researcher at Oxfam America; Dale Moore, director of policy at American Farm Bureau; Bryan L. McDonald, assistant professor of science, technology, and society at Penn State; Kent Butts, senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis and co-editor of Sustainability and National Security; and other leading scholars and policymakers.

Video of the 2014 symposium is available here.

The journal’s most recent issue, published in November 2013, examines the U.S. Iranian relationship and the future of international order, and how the two state’s strategic choices will affect the international order in the future. The issue features contributions from Hillary Mann Leverett of American University’s School of International Service, Ambassador Richard Butler AC of Penn State's School of International Affairs, Daniel Joyner of the University of Alabama School of Law, Vice Admiral James Houck of Penn State's School of Law and School of International Affairs, Mary Ellen O’Connell of the University of Notre Dame Law School, Flynt Leverett of Penn State's School of International Affairs, and other distinguished scholars. Click here to view the related symposium webcast and for more information.

JLIA's next issue will examine the evolution and future of the role of international criminal justice in international relations, as well as the structural challenges facing the International Criminal Court in the coming decades.

Each year, JLIA sponsors a number of lectures and symposia. Recent programs have included The U.S.-India Strategic Relationship in the 21st Century: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Promote Sustainable Development (with Dickinson College and the Strategic Studies Institute of the United States Army War College), Geographies of Powers: Justice, Revolution, and Cultural Imagination (with The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Penn State University), and a year-long lecture series on the evolving national security narrative, which included contributions from Anne-Marie Slaughter, Harold Koh, P.J. Crowley, Ronald Deibert, Harold James, and other distinguished scholars and policymakers.

Current Issue: Volume 2, Issue 2 (2013)

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