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Volume7
MonthNovember
Year2005
TitleForeword
Author(s)Leslie A. Robinson
First Page1
AbstractThe articles appearing in Volume 7 of San Diego International Law Journal span the globe and cover the breadth of international law. The concept of globalization offers a prism through which to view the articles in this issue. The first three articles are focused on Africa. Nsongurua Udombana eloquently addresses the need for both debt relief and the full integration of Africa into the global trading system. Karol Boudreaux analyzes the conflict over land rights in Nigeria’s Plateau State under the Land Use Act of 1978, which nationalized all land in Nigeria. Edward Fluet discusses the impact of the trade in conflict diamonds on human rights and international terrorism, and analyzes international and U.S. approaches to halting the conflict diamond trade.Also in this issue, Amos Guiora surveys the legislative and policy approaches adopted by the United States, Israel, Russia, Spain and India in response to the threat of international terrorism, and proposes the globalization of counterterrorism measures. Christopher Bordelon proposes modification of the traditional law of salvage and finds, but argues against the efforts of preservationists that impede salvage, including the recently adopted UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. Jorge Vargas discusses the importance of both international law and foreign law in American courts, and highlights the impact of Mexican law on the U.S. legal system. Finally, Juan Fogelbach addresses the phenomenon of transnational street gangs, in particular the El Salvadoran street gang Mara Salvatrucha.