The University of Chicago Undergraduate Law Magazine is a student-run publication dedicated to the discussion, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of a variety of legal issues. It aims to provide a better understanding of the law in all of its ambiguities and contradictions in order to reveal how complex compilations of regulatory components can not only serve as reflections of social attitudes towards general ideas of order, agency, consent, power, and choice, but influence the most minute details of everyday life.


SUBMISSIONS CALL


Dear students,

The University of Chicago Undergraduate Law Magazine (UCULM) is a student-run academic journal that publishes legal pieces written by undergraduate students. We are currently seeking submissions for our Vol. VI, Issue 1 (Spring 2018) edition.

Deadlines: To be considered for inclusion, please send an abstract (one paragraph) to the email address provided below. Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59PM on Friday, November 24th, 2017. After reviewing abstracts, the UCULM board will work with students to develop their pieces. Final pieces must be submitted by 11:59PM on Friday, February 2nd, 2018.

Guidelines: The UCULM welcomes the submission of pieces on any legal topic and in a variety of content formats, including but not limited to essays, articles, and interviews. Submissions must be at least 1,500 words in length with Chicago style notes and bibliography. In brainstorming ideas for a potential piece, our journal encourages students to think about specific disagreements in the interpretations of an issue, summaries of important developments in a debate, interdisciplinary approaches to legal thought, as well as critical questions still left unanswered by a case.

About: Our journal is dedicated to the discussion, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of legal issues. It aims to provide a better understanding of the law in all of its ambiguities and contradictions in order to reveal the complex compilation of regulatory components that can not only serve as reflections of social attitudes towards general ideas of order, agency, consent, power, and choice but also influence the most minute details of everyday life.

Please direct all submissions, questions, or concerns to editors@uchicagoulm.com. For more information about UCULM, please visit https://uchicagoulm.com.

Thank you for your time and your consideration.

All the best,

Maggie Li | Editor-in-Chief


FEATURED BLOG POST


The Highest Court in the World


Abstract: The International Court of Justice is charged with serving the bodies of the United Nations along with its member-states. Its authority and objectivity has been questioned on numerous occasions. The Statute of the International Court of Justice, included in the United Nations Charter, does not require all states to recognize the jurisdiction of the Court, leading the majority of UN members to reject its power. With the Security Council charged with executing its decisions but only one permanent member recognizing its authority, there is a conflict of interest. The judge selection process has received much criticism as the Security Council elects the judges, creating a process that is open to political influence. Some argue that the practice of introducing ad hoc judges that represent each party in a case disrupts the impartiality of the Court while others claim it serves to strengthen it. This essay examines the Court’s lack of authority and, perhaps, impartiality as well.

Author: Shree Mehrotra is currently a second-year in the College pursuing a major in Environmental Science.