The International Law Society Digest is a collection of written pieces by CUNY Law students, ranging from personal narratives and opinion editorials to scholarly works and articles. The Digest was started by students in order to help facilitate a space for students interested in international law to express their ideas, research, and experiences.

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International Law Society Digest Mission Statement

Revised 6 Oct 2011


1.     The International Law Society Digest is a CUNY Law Student initiative in the spirit of collectivist and student-run institutions at CUNY.

2.     The Digest is a platform for CUNY Law students’ scholarship, creative work, and critical political work in international and transnational law.

3.     The Digest includes work from the CUNY Law community, which consists of students and student organizations and all those affected by structural racism and sexism such as, but not limited to, non-U.S. “citizens,” multinational citizens, migrants, refugees, and other people who, as a result of structural racism and sexism in particular, are afforded far less than “citizen” status in their home nation(s).

4.     We define the study of “international and transnational law” in the broadest sense: including analyses of positive and customary international law, as well as the study of comparative law, international relations, and the intersection of these laws and policies with social justice movements, human rights, inter/non-governmental, and non-state actors. In particular, the Digest values the analysis of the impact of these legal structure upon citizens in the global community, in tension with neocolonial state power and multinational corporate monopolies on violence, territory, and the borderlands; persons living under occupation, migrants, and other “untouchables” of the world, such as racialized and indigenous persons, low-wage workers in informal economies, and members of insurrectionary movements,.

6.     The more personal goal of our members is to wield international law in ways other than those asserting U.S. hegemony over foreign and indigenous nations, or furthering our “careers” by appropriating struggles of people around the world as part of non-profit industrial complex and “rescue industry” exploitation instead of standing in solidarity with communities in the Global South as they define their needs.

7.     We are interested in work that questions, offers insight or a fresh perspective on these concepts.

8.     Our collective goal as a student group is to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue about international and transnational law in the community. We endeavor to share peers’ experiences, opportunities for service and internships in international law.