San Diego International Law Journal

The San Diego International Law Journal (SDILJ) is an academic journal dedicated to the publication of articles that widen the realm of international and comparative legal scholarship. The SDILJ is committed to publishing articles, essays and book reviews written by academics and legal practitioners from all over the world. The SDILJ is especially devoted to attracting articles written by academics and practitioners who are involved in international and multi-national organizations. In addition, the SDILJ shall act as a forum for academic discourse regarding the pertinent and pressing issues of international and comparative law. 

The SDILJ was founded as a forum for such academic discourse in order to promote the study of international and comparative law in both the United States of America and throughout the world. 

As a journal that is published in San Diego, an American city that is intimately connected with the growth of international trade and the emergence of a global economy, the SDILJ shall promote studies of the emerging international legal regime. Because, San Diego borders Mexico, along one of the most frequently traveled and traded borders in the world, international law has special poignancy in San Diego. In numerous ways, the international challenges of immigration, investment, trade, criminal, labor and environmental issues in the San Diego-Tijuana region exemplify similar challenges found throughout the world. 

The SDILJ shall also provide a rich educational experience for its Editorial Board and its members. Thus, SDILJencourages students' participation in international legal scholarship by publishing essays, comments and notes written by members and deserving law students from other law schools. The SDILJ shall promote and publish innovative and timely student pieces that expand the understanding of international and comparative law. 

The SDILJ shall always remain an academic publication devoted to the highest values of academic discourse, the free discussion of ideas, the importance of critical perspectives and the inclusion of perspectives from different nations, communities, cultures and legal systems. 

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Articles in Volume 16
Anglo-American Dissent From the European Law of War: A History with Contemporary Echoes
Jeremy Rabkin
Does Animal Welfare Trump Religious Liberty? The Danish Ban on Kosher and Halal Butchering
R.J. Delahunty
Partnering With Despots and Failed Regimes: Rogue Banking As a Primary Violation of International Law
Joel Slawotsky
Partners or Rivals in Reconciliation? The ICTR and Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts
Leo C. Nwoye
Proportionality in Perspective: Historical Light on the Law of Armed Conflict
Jeremy Rabkin
Protecting Small Businesses Against Trademark Bullying: Creating a Federal Law to Remove the Disparity of Leverage Trademark Holders Maintain Over Small Businesses
Anthony James Dispoto
The United States versus Japan as a Lesson Commending International Mediation to Secure Hague Abduction Convention Compliance
Chandra Zdenek
Too Porous for Protection? Loopholes in EB-5 Investor Visa Oversight Are Cause for National Security Concern
Christine Ryan
“Online Pharmacy Regulation: How the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act Can Help Solve an International Problem”
Bob Schultz


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