Monthly Archives: April 2014

Guest Post at Opinio Juris

I’ve done a guest post on Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the Israel passport case, over at the international law blog Opinio Juris. It’s available here. Advertisements

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Thoughts on the Navy / Fukushima Litigation

There’s an important lawsuit currently pending in federal court in San Diego. In this post, I’ll provide a brief summary and then highlight an intriguing legal question that the parties haven’t addressed. First the summary: Two months ago, a class … Continue reading

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The First Bathymetric Chart of the East China Sea

Yesterday I came across a copy of the earliest bathymetric chart of the Pacific Ocean, which was made by the German geographer Augustus Petermann in 1877. The image to the left zooms in on the portion of the map that … Continue reading

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Public Diplomacy on the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands

The sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands seems to have evolved over the past year. The diplomatic impasse is nothing new, and the claims and legal arguments are the same as before. But the level of public diplomacy … Continue reading

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Complaint in the Navy / TEPCO Radiation Case

I haven’t seen this online anywhere, so I’m posting the amended complaint filed against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) by the class of U.S. Navy sailors who suffered radiation exposure after Fukushima. It’s here. Also, here’s the defendant’s response, which seeks dismissal on the … Continue reading

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Will Japan Comply with the ICJ’s Whaling Decision?

Yesterday the International Court of Justice ruled that a Japanese government-sponsored program for hunting certain species of whales in the Antarctic violates the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Japan had argued that the program was lawful under Article III … Continue reading

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