September 17, 2012
Call for Papers: Journal of International Law and International Relations
The Journal of International Law and International Relations (JILIR), published by the University of Toronto, invites submissions from scholars of International Law and/or International Relations for Volume 9.1, which will be compiled in fall 2012. The Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that seeks to develop interdisciplinary discourse at the nexus of these two dynamic disciplines.
JILIR welcomes submissions on the wide variety of topics in the intellectual space jointly occupied by International Law and International Relations. In addition to accepting scholarly research articles, JILIR has renewed acceptance of book reviews. Book reviews should be insightful, critical reviews of recent manuscripts in either discipline, between 750 and 1,500 words (including quotations).
Submissions must be received by September 22, 2012 to be considered for publication. For more information regarding the process and criteria for submissions, click here.
September 16, 2012
Happy New YearTo everyone celebrating, happy 5773!
US District Court Enjoins Law Authorizing Indefinite Detention
Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order permanently enjoining the enforcement of section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizing indefinite military detention of persons who provide substantial support to Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and associated groups. A group of journalists, writers and activitists brought suit challenging the constitutionality of the NDAA on First and Fifth Amendment grounds claiming that the NDAA chilled their free speech rights. The District Court was troubled by the U.S. government's inability to define key terms in the statute to limit the scope of the NDAA to ensure that it did not unconstitutionally infringe on individual liberties. Therefore, the Court enjoined enforcement of section 1021(b)(2) on the grounds that it is unconstitutionally overbroad and vague. The District Court's opinion in Hedges v. Obama dated Sept. 12, 2012 may be found here. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an appeal of the Order.