Writing Awards

2020–2021AwardRecipientComment Title
 The Antroy Arreola Award: Outstanding Comment in International LawMiles FuquaLessening the Disparity between Original Owners and Good-Faith Purchasers of Stolen Artwork: The Implementation of a Uniform International Database
 The James W. Skelton Award: Outstanding Comment in International Human Rights LawEmory PowersInternational Human Rights & Rhetoric: Case Study on Poland and Hungary
 The Stephen T. Zamora Award: Outstanding Comment in International Economic LawCassandra GeorgantasImplications of Secondary Sanctions on the Shipping Industry: The Extraterritorial Crunch Reshaping International Trade
 The Executive Board 44 Award: Outstanding Comment in Emerging LawChris GaleThe International Legality of Military Operations in Outer Space, and Available Methods to Respond to Space-Based Aggression
 The Executive Board 44 Award: Outstanding Comment in Human Rights LawStephanie Snyder-ZuansnabarCompulsory Voting in the United States: How the World Uses Sanctions and How That Can Be Effective Here
 The Executive Board 44 Award: Outstanding Comment in Space LawAdam DaigleA Liability Waiver to End All Liability Waivers: Protecting Low-Earth Orbit Space Tourism (Can a Liability Waiver Fully Protect Tourists or Companies During Civil Litigation in the Event of a Space Tourism Disaster?)
2019–2020AwardRecipientComment Title
 The Stephen T. Zamora Award: Outstanding Comment in U.S.-Mexican RelationsChelsea KlumppPunishing the Persecuted: How the United States’ Use of Mandatory Immigration Detention Constitutes Crimes Against Humanity with Regard to Transgender Asylees from the Northern Triangle
 The Antroy Arreola Award: Outstanding Comment in International LawBrooke BentleyThe Inadequacy of International Law to Address Cyber-Attacks in the Age of Election-Meddling
 The Executive Board 43 Award: Outstanding Comment in International LawNikita WestbergWhether Current Laws and Policies Have Planned Enough to Prevent Unplanned Ship Collision
 The James W. Skelton Award: Outstanding Comment in International Human Rights LawBrennan FlanneryThe Climate Change-Migration Nexus: Promoting Sustainability in an Effort to Mitigate Environmentally Displaced Persons and Their Vulnerability to Human Trafficking
 The Executive Board 43 Award: Outstanding Comment in International Human Rights LawRobert RootOnline Political Discourse in the Digital Age: How to Best Protect Internet Access in an Effort to Promote Political Discourse Within Changing Societies
 The Executive Board 43 Award: Outstanding Comment in International Economic LawEmily Lucot“Recycled in China”: An Examination of the Recycling Systems in the United States and the Effects that China’s Ban on Accepting American Waste Is Having on American Public Health, the Recycling Industry, and Possible Solutions Found in Other Nations
 The Stephen T. Zamora Award: Outstanding Comment in International Economic LawJennifer WalkerInternational Influence: The Need for Advertising Regulations in Social Media Advertisements
 The James W. Skelton Award: Outstanding Comment in International Energy LawCacique Rich-MartinezNew Trade Deals, New Opportunities
2018–2019AwardRecipientComment Title
 Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in U.S.-Mexican Relations
Jennifer GardnerInaction at the Border – An Environmental Market Solution to Safe Water in the Rio Grande
 Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Economic Law
Benjamin CaldwellAvocados from Ecuador: Do the U.S. Importation Regulations Discriminate?
 James W. Skelton Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Energy Law
Danielle LamChina’s Struggle for a Sustainable Green Future
 Walter A. Wright Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law
Pedro SeguraREDD+ Dead Redemption: Beyond Property Rights as a Panacea for Resisting Carbon Colonialism in International Forest Conservation
 Antroy A. Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law
Michael DrabMedicare’s International Pricing Index Reimbursement Model and Its Impact on Biosimilars Approved Under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009
 Marissa Weitzner Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law
Kate SchorkenRestitution Claims of Nazi-Expropriated Art: Are Courts Re-Writing History?
2017–2018AwardRecipientComment Title
 

Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in U.S.-Mexican Relations

Michael Dearman

Intractable Problems and Modest Solutions: The Illicit Antiquities Trade Between the United States and Mexico

 

Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Economic Law

Kristin Kluding

Disincentivizing the Growing Trend of Denunciating the Investment Treaty Framework: Tracking the Criticisms and Analyzing the Future of Transnational Regulation of Investment Law

 

Walter A. Wright Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Teri Russel

#TwitterinPolitics: How the use of Social Media Could Become Customary International Law

 

Antroy Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Ashley Lopez

Where is my Name?: The Struggle for Afghan Womens’ Identity Rights and the Need for International Intervention

 

Marissa Weitzner Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Andrew Vaughan

Exploring the Constitutionality of the Jasta Act and its Potential Consequences for United States Foreign Relations

 James W. Skelton Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Petroleum Law
Clara Betancourt

The Legal Impact of Executive Order 13808 on American Companies Servicing Venezuela

 Allyson Li & Paul A. Arnold Award:
Outstanding Casenote in International Economics
Daniel Vasquez

Bolivarian Republic of Venez. v. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co.: Raised Pleading Standard and the Potential Effects

2016–2017AwardRecipientComment Title
 

Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in U.S.-Mexican Relations

Ernesto Danache

Mexico and Investment Dispute Resolution: Is Mexico’s Approach to the ICSID Convention a Misconception?

 

Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Economic Law

Mike Meltser

Major League Baseball and Cuba in the Age of Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump

 

Walter A. Wright Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Tiffany Li

Leftover Men! An Aftermath of China’s One-Child Policy

 

Gus Vlahadamis Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Calvin McKnight

The Energy Modernization Policy Act: Updating the U.S. Energy Strategy for the New Age of LNG

 

Antroy Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Manuel Schoenhuber

The European Union’s Refugee Deal with Turkey: A Risky Alliance Contrary to European Laws and Values

 

Scott S. Cramer Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Transactional Law

Christopher Caudill

An Unnatural Drought: How the Water Shortage in Jordan May Impact the Treaty of Peace Between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Jordan’s Options for the Future

 

Marissa Weitzner Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Tania Alonso

The Aftermath of the Panama Papers and its Implications on Tax Compliance Programs Aimed at Combating Abusive Off-Shore Tax Avoidance

 James W. Skelton Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Petroleum Law
Sean Belding

Global Conflict in the South China Sea, Challenges Facing the Law of the Sea and Mutually Assured Destruction

 Allyson Li & Paul A. Arnold Award:
Outstanding Casenote in International Economics
Maggie Kiely

To Ban or Not to Ban: Shakespearean Drama Trumps Constitutional Analysis in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,” analyzing The Washington v. Trump opinion

2015–2016AwardRecipientComment Title
 

Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in U.S.-Mexican Relations

Jacqueline F. Hyatt

The Energy-Water Nexus: Water Regulation in the Wake of Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Reform

 

Stephen T. Zamora Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Economic Law

Hannah Tucker

The New Cold War: A Novel Takings Theory on Economic Sanctions Against Exploration and Production in Russia

 

Walter A. Wright Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Nicole Su

The International Custody Battle: Conflict of Law Between the Hague Abduction Convention and U.S. Asylum Law

 

Gus Vlahadamis Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Margaret Webber

Lifting the Sanctions Against Iran: Business Implications for the United States and European Union

 

Antroy Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Mitchell Ford

War on the Final Frontier: Can Twentieth-Century Space Law Combat Twenty-First-Century Warfare?

 

Scott S. Cramer Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Transactional Law

Ian E. Brown

China’s Leaked CSRC Report Five Years Later: Baseline For Variable Interest Entity Trajectory?

 

Antroy Arreola Award:
Outstanding Comment in International Law

Victoria Dessens

Dispute Settlement Within the WTO and MERCOSUR: Who Can Get Brazil Under Control?

 Mr. and Mrs. James W. Skelton, Jr. Award for Outstanding Comment in International Energy LawAngela Y. Kao

Talk Is Cheap, So Is Oil: Where Do We Go Now That We’ve Lifted the United States Crude Oil Export Ban

2014–2015AwardRecipientComment Title
 
 LEX Writing Excellence Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawMark BurginHoly Moses: Guiding the Rio Grande out of the Desert
 Walter A. Wright Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawVictoria GuzmanA Comparison of Surrogacy Laws of the U.S. to Other Countries: Should There Be a Uniform Federal Law Permitting Commercial Surrogacy?
 Albertus Magnus Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawJill M. RobinsonA “Myriad” of Controversy over the Question of Human Gene Patent Eligibility: A Comparison of the Differing Approaches in the United States and Australia
 Scott S. Cramer Award for Outstanding Comment in International Transactional LawYang WangIncorporating the Third Branch of Government into U.S. National Security Review of Foreign Investment
 Executive Board 38 Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawAmy WestergrenThe Data Liberation Movement: Regulation of Clinical Trial Data Sharing in the European Union and the United States
 Jordan J. Paust Award for Outstanding Comment in Human Rights LawThomas W. White, Jr.Referendum in Crimea: Developing International Law on “Territorial Realignment” Referendums
 37th Anniversary Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawLi YiOvercoming Barriers to Sustainable Fracking: What Shale China Do?
 Mr. and Mrs. James W. Skelton, Jr. Award for Outstanding Comment in International Energy LawJackie ZhongRed Gold: The Legal Framework Governing Foreign Investments in China’s Oil Industry
2013–2014AwardRecipientComment Title
 Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP Award for Outstanding Comment in International Resource LawPierce CoxElectricity and Natural Gas in India: An Opportunity for India’s National Oil Companies
 Jordan J. Paust Award for Outstanding Comment in Human Rights LawJuan Carlos de las CuevasExceptional Measures Call for Exceptional Times: The Permissibility under International Law of Humanitarian Intervention to Protect a People’s Right to Self-Determination
 James W. Skelton Jr., Award for Outstanding Comment in Public International LawCourtney GilesInternational Data Privacy Laws: A Comparison of Approaches in India and Brazil
 Executive Board 36 Award for Outstanding Comment in International Economic LawPhilip MacFarlaneConvergence or Competition? U.S. and Chinese Investment Treaties in Latin America
 Billie L. Wilson Memorial Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawAmanda PesonenEncouraging Work-Family Balance to Correct Gender Imbalance: A Comparison of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Iceland Act on Maternity/Paternity and Parental Leave
 Marissa and Antroy Arreola Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawStephen SmallBitcoin: The Napster of Currency
 Executive Board 37 Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawBrian SrubarBreaking Bad Policy: Shifting U.S. Counter-Drug Policy, Eliminating Safe Havens, and Facilitating International Cooperation
 Executive Board 36 Award for Outstanding Comment in International LawBradan T. ThomasAutonomous Weapon Systems: The Anatomy of Autonomy and the Legality of Lethality