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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.
Upcoming Symposium and Call for Papers
On October 3, 2014, the Journal hosted Shining the Light on Gender-Based Violence at Home and Abroad, a day-long symposium exploring the role of domestic and international law in protecting victims of gender-based violence. Speakers included Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women in the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights of the United Nations, Dermot Groome, assistant professor of law and former senior prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Joanne Lin, ACLU legislative counsel on immigration, Leslye Orloff, director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University’s Washington College of Law, Archana Pyati, director of public policy at the Tahirih Justice Center, as well as other distinguished scholars and policymakers.
The program was co-sponsored by the Journal and the law school's Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Family Law Clinic, and Community Law Clinic.
Click here for the related Call for Papers.
The Journal’s most recent issue, published in April 2014, examines the evolution and future of the role of international criminal justice in international relations, as well as the structural challenges facing the ICC and other global institutions. The issue features contributions from Claudio Grossman, Dean of the Washington College of Law at American University, Dermot Groome, Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Distinguished Fellow of International Criminal Justice at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Shahram Dana of The John Marshall Law School, Yaël Ronen of Sha’arei Mishpat Law School in Israel, Patrick Keenan of the University of Illinois College of Law, and attorneys Jillian Blake and Aqsa Mahmud.
JLIA's next issue builds on its February 2014 symposium, The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity, and examines global resource scarcity and its impact on the world’s legal, agricultural and security environments.
Each year, JLIA sponsors a number of lectures and symposia. On February 7, 2014, the journal hosted The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity. 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 February 2014 symposium is available here.
Other recent programs have included The U.S.-Iranian Relationship and the Future of International Order (February 15, 2013), 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 3, Issue 1 (2014) 3:1
The Arab Spring’s Four Seasons: International Protections and the Sovereignty Problem
Jillian Blake and Aqsa Mahmud