Why Calls to Restart Negotiations for Turkey’s Accession to the EU Will Likely Fail

Negotiations for Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU) have been stalled since 2008.[1] Democratic concerns, human rights violations, and regional political conflicts have stood in the way of the success of this deal.[2] The European Union has strict requirements regarding these political and social attributes.[3] Since its 2008 Progress Report, Turkey has worked to … Read more

The Silent Catastrophe: The Future for Small Island Nations Battling the Perils of Climate Change

Small island nations, the picturesque tourist havens, are encountering escalating threats from rising sea levels in an ongoing battle with climate change.[1] Amidst the beauty of these dream getaway destinations lies a grim reality – climate-induced displacement of indigenous communities is transforming these paradises into battlegrounds as refugees seek safer shelter.[2] The absence of an … Read more

The Case for Genocide: South Africa’s Claim Against Israel

This article contains descriptions of significant violence that may be challenging to analyze due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter and each individual’s unique identities and experiences. Violence against any individual or group is unequivocally wrong, and nothing in this article should be construed as promoting or condoning such behavior. The ongoing conflict … Read more

Seeking a Sustainable Agricultural Landscape at the Expense of the European Farmer

In an effort to maintain more friendly and stable food systems throughout Europe, the European Union (EU) has implemented several new policies for Europe’s farmers. The main directive, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), sets forth several objectives and initiatives to benefit the European agricultural landscape.[1] Not all initiatives, however, have been well-received by farmers who … Read more

Why Section 1502 of The Dodd-Frank Act Cannot Solve the Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Implemented by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) addresses trade in conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).[1] Conflict minerals include tungsten, tantalum, tin, and gold.[2] Section 1502 requires publicly traded companies in the U.S. … Read more

Fast Fashion’s Far-Reaching Strain on the Environment

With the growth and rise of fast fashion, there has been immense stress put on the planet as the practices used to create, maintain, and dispose of garments degrades the environment. Consumers in 2019 purchased 60 percent more garments than shoppers 15 years prior, and that percentage likely increased over the last 4 years.[1]To fully … Read more

Closing the Privacy Loopholes: The Necessity of a Federal Privacy Law in America

The vast expansion of digital technology in everyday American life has contributed to the technology companies’ collection of vast quantities of consumers’ data.[1] However, the regulation of data collection and usage in American states only started in 2018 with the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act.[2] Now, in 2024, only 14 other states have … Read more

Static Treaties and Evolving Custom: A Comparison of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the Customary International Law Prohibition on the Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality

In the wake of WWII, political instability and discriminatory denationalization policies displaced millions of people, leaving many without a nationality.[1] This widespread statelessness crisis specifically affected the Jewish population of European countries, and increasing international concern for stateless individuals spurred the formulation of various international agreements aimed at protecting stateless persons and reducing statelessness generally.[2] … Read more

Climate Refugees: A Lack of Protection and a Growing Concern for What Comes Next

Currently, there is no widely accepted definition or consensus on who constitutes a climate refugee.[1] Yet millions of people are displaced internally or across borders each year.[2] In response to natural disasters, many flee first to another location within their home country.[3] For example, 8.7 million people were internally displaced by disasters in 2022.[4] While … Read more