Washington International Law Journal

The Washington International Law Journal publishes global perspectives on international legal issues while fostering the development of student analysis.

The Washington International Law Journal publishes global perspectives on international legal issues while fostering the development of student analysis. The Journal’s professional articles and student comments cover diverse legal and geographical terrain and offer novel approaches to international, foreign, and comparative law. To further cross-cultural dialogue on foreign law, the Journal publishes English-language translations of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese legal materials.


Established in 1990, the Washington International Law Journal (formerly the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal) publishes scholarship on foreign, comparative, and international law while fostering the development of student analysis. In order to highlight global perspectives, the Journal does not publish content that privileges U.S. ideas or approaches. The Journal has a particular interest in the Pacific Rim region and actively collaborates with the University of Washington’s Asian Law Center. Published three times per year, this peer-reviewed Journal features analysis of legal and policy issues by internationally acclaimed scholars on topics such as constitutional law, human rights, corporate governance, antitrust, intellectual property, and environmental law. The Journal is available both in print and online.

Volume 25 of the Washington International Law Journal

[04/06/16]   The Washington International Law Journal is pleased to announce that Taryn Jones will serve as the Volume 26 Editor-in-Chief. The Journal is supremely confident in her ability to lead the Journal as it enters it's second quarter-century of providing a forum for non-U.S.-centric legal analysis in the American law review body of publications

The Washington International Law Journal is hosting two great events tomorrow, January 14, 2016. We encourage everyone to attend and take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about international constitutional and political issues from world-renowned experts.

Constitutional Change in Contemporary Asia: Processes and Substance
January 14, 2016, 12:30pm-1:20pm
William H. Gates Hall, Room 127
Lunch Provided!

Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions. This is true not only in terms of technological innovation and economic development, but in terms of constitutional innovation and legal development. In this panel, professors from National Taiwan University, Notre Dame, and Yale will compare the different processes by which constitutional change has occurred recently in India, Indonesia and Taiwan. They will also discuss the impact these changes have had on people’s lives, and the implications of these developments for those who hope for see constitutional change in the U.S.

Professor Jiunn-Rong Yeh, National University of Taiwan
Professor Nicholas Robinson, Yale Law School
Professor Hendrianto Stefanus SJ, Notre Dame Law School & Santa Clara University School of Law
Constitutional Pacifism in the 21st Century: Japanese Constitutional Experts Speak on the Reinterpretation of Japan’s Article 9
January 14, 2016, 5:00pm-6:30pm (No TGIT this Week)
William H Gates Hall, Room 127

In Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, adopted in the wake of Japan’s defeat in World War II, Japan "renounce[s] war … and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." For years, this was understood to bar participation in any offensive action and so-called “collective self-defense” -- sending Japan’s “self-defense” forces overseas to aid in the defense of another nation. In an age of rising tensions in East Asia, Japan’s Cabinet Legislation Bureau recently concluded that the provision can be construed more loosely. Thereafter the Japanese parliament enacted a bill authorizing Japan’s powerful military to engage in unprecedented new activities and, potentially, to engage in aggression to defend allies. The constitutional “reinterpretation” and the new security laws have provoked tremendous controversy in Japan and around the world. In this event three of Japan’s best-known and most influential law professors will discuss the process by which the Constitution was re-interpreted and the substance of the new security laws. They will explore why the changes have been so controversial and will answer questions about the implications of recent events for Japan and its Asian Neighbors.

Professor Yasuo Hasebe of Waseda University, Japan
Professor Hajime Yamamoto of Keio University, Japan
Professor Keigo Komamura of Keio University, Japan

Introduction by:
Professor Daniel Foote, University of Tokyo & University of Washington

Moderated by:
Professor John Haley, University of Washington

Volume 25

University of Washington


The Washington International Law Journal's Symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will bring together high-level officials, academics, and experts to discuss to debate the proposed SDGs and explore the prospects for a truly transformative post-2015 development agenda.

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, demonstrating its commitment to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and ensure environmental sustainability by 2015. The UN has made significant progress in these efforts, but the MDGs have been criticized for their lack of attention to key issues. In 2012, the UN set in motion the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to build off of the successes and failures of the MDGs. The UN General Assembly will consider these goals and adopt the SDGs in September of 2015. Many issues are being debated including:

--How can governments set measurable goals related to environmental protection and global health?
--What structures must be set in place to ensure government accountability for illicit financial flows and corruption? ; and
--To what extent are human rights and the rule of law linked to human development, and how does one measure whether a country adequately protects and promotes these rights?

Confirmed speakers include:

Per Bergling, Legal Advisor on International Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Professor of Law, University of Umea

Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law and Dean, School of Law Middlesex University and member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network where he co-chairs the Thematic Group on Social Inclusion, Gender and Human Rights.

David Gartner, Professor of Law Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability

Craig Moscetti, Public Health Consultant

Anita Ramasastry, Professor of Law and Director of Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, University of Washington

Marie Sudreau, Sovereign Debt Expert, United Nations Commission on Trade and Development

Allyn Taylor, Consultant in Global Health law and Affiliate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced international Studies

Register Here: http://engage.washington.edu/site/Calendar?id=124201&view=Detail

Sponsored by: the Washington International Law Journal, the Sustainable International Development Law Graduate Program, Office of Global Affairs, UW School of and the Gates Public Service Law program.

engage.washington.edu The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals William H. Gates Hall



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