Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: U.S.A. loses to P.R.C. at W.T.O.'s D.S.B.

Last Friday, the Dispute Settlement Body (D.S.B.) of the World Trade Organization (W.T.O.) adopted a report of its intermediate Appellate Body (A.B.) that (mostly) sided with China in an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. (The United States believes China provides illegal input subsidies which create an artificial import/export balance with the U.S.)

While the A.B.'s report is rather long and chalk-full of technical economic details, students with an interest in China-U.S. relations may find a lecture on the subject being hosted at the University of Kentucky to be more accessible. Details of the lecture, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. this Friday, 1/23, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium, may be found here:

Friday, January 16, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend Hours

Happy end of first week of classes!  Your reward for making it through is a three-day weekend.  For the industrious among you who are planning on using some of that time for studying, here is the holiday weekend schedule for the Law Library:

Saturday, Jan. 17: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18: Closed
Monday, Jan. 19: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesdays Around the World: South Seas Stand-off

The BBC reports that the New Zealand navy has been involved in a stand-off in the Southern Ocean with ships suspected of illegally fishing international waters. The suspected poachers sail under the flag of Equatorial Guinea, which has granted New Zealand authorities permission to board the vessels. However, the crews of said vessels refuse to cooperate with the Kiwi sailors, who suspect the vessels as being part of a Spanish syndicate. New Zealand is working with Interpol to bring the malfeasors to justice.

Overfishing threatens to seriously damage the world's oceans, and in response to the threat the international legal system strongly regulates fishing in international waters. Regulation of fisheries features prominently in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which serves as the primary source for modern maritime law. The U.N. followed this up with an Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of UNCLOS Relating to Fish Stocks, and the U.N.'s Food & Agriculture Organization takes a role in enforcement. Furthermore, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources covers the current stand-off.

While New Zealand seems to be taking its responsibilities to enforce the applicable international laws seriously, it also seems to want to avoid bloodshed in the enforcement. We'll have to wait to see how the high-seas drama plays out.

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Group Study Room Available!

Over the holiday break, the librarians converted a former office into a fourth group study room, marking a 33% increase in group study space available in the library!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: WTO Expansion

Earlier this week, the World Trade Organization announced that its General Council approved Seychelles for membership in the WTO, pending ratification by Seychelles itself. Seychelles, an archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa, is best known for its thriving tourism industry. Law students suffering from finals ennui may want to check it out (though prices can be a bit steep).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: C.I.A. Flouts International (and domestic) Law

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence committee released a scathing report of the C.I.A.'s practices of torturing terrorism suspects in the years following 9/11. While I imagine that most of the world reacted to the discovery that the C.I.A. used torture in much the same way that Captain Renault reacted to the discovery of gambling at Rick's Café Américain, many of the details of the report are unsettling. In fact, many commentators are calling for prosecutions of the torturers, though this seems unlikely.

Still, it is clear that the C.I.A. violated both international and United States law. The U.S. is a party to the Convention Against Torture, which prohibits states from employing torture and similar techniques in interrogations. Furthermore, an entire chapter of Title 18 of the U.S. Code criminalizes torture, specifically for persons "acting under the color of law." Then again, the C.I.A.'s traditional view of itself has been more along the lines of "above the law" than "under the color of law."

Friday, December 5, 2014

Exended Hours Start Tonight

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Extended hours at the Law Library begin tonight for finals studying:

Fall Finals Hours

December 5 - 19

Monday - Saturday     7:00 a.m. - Midnight

Sunday                      10:00 a.m. - Midnight

Saturday, Dec. 20      9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21         Closed