FJIL kicks off year, welcomes new members

Published: September 24th, 2012

Category: News


Members of the Florida Journal of International Law. (Photo by Marcela Suter)

The Florida Journal of International Law has kicked off the 2012-2013 school year by welcoming the following 11 new members: Danisa Borges, Amanda Broadwell, Connor Haskins, Priya Kolli, Jared Lay, Lauren McCord, Arletys Rodriguez, Nelson Rodriguez, Ashleigh Shelver, Sumer Thomas and Jourdan Weltman. They join 18 returning members, including the new members of this year’s executive board: Kendall Obreza, editor-in-chief; Markey Bakas, managing editor; Paydon Broeder, articles editor; Matt Nellans, articles editor; Bill Doiron, editor-at-large; Suryia Rahman, editor-at-large; Lauren Wajsman, student works editor; David Byron, research editor; Matt Frey, research editor; Jimmy Glover, research editor; Julie Ickes, research editor; and Zach Ullman, research editor.

The FJIL members have just begun the first stage of editing the December issue, which includes four fascinating articles, two of which we spotlight here. Jordan Toone authored “Occupation Law During and After Iraq: The Expedience of Conservationism Evidenced in the Minutes and Resolutions of the Iraqi Governing Council.” It examines America’s adherence to the law of occupation from the Iraqis’ perspective. Toone was inspired to explore this topic while translating and analyzing minutes and resolutions of the Iraqi Governing Council. Toone proposes a framework to uphold the rights of the occupied population while fostering political and economic transformation by the occupying state. The second article, by Patrick Woods, is titled “Inevident Truths: Why Current International Norms and Policies May not have Supported the American Revolution.” In the article, Woods explores whether the American Revolution would have been possible under modern standards of international law. He concludes that the complaints of the American colonists would not have sufficed to create a right to succession under today’s law. Woods suggests some hypocrisy in United States foreign policy for its failure to reflect United States history.

The December issue will conclude with the best case comment submitted during FJIL’s 2012 Write-On Competition. This year’s winner of the Best Case Comment is Arletys Rodriguez (2L). Her case comment, titled “Copyright Law: Balancing Foreign and Domestic Interests in the International Arena, Golan v. Holder, 609 F.3d 1076 (10th Cir. 2010),” will be edited and published by FJIL, which is the top-ranking secondary law journal in the state of Florida.

In addition to the December issue, FJIL will publish issues in April and August 2013. The executive board thanks the general board members who devote their precious time to editing FJIL’s articles; and thanks Victoria Redd, the journal director, and Professor Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol, our faculty advisor, for all of their help and guidance.

-Kendall Obreza (3L)
Special to FlaLaw