Since its inception, The Georgetown Law Journal has been a forum for leading scholarship in international law. The Journal’s very first volume fea- tured an article addressing the issues of treaty interpretation in the context of the Panama Canal. The article questioned whether the United States’ purchase of the land through which the Panama Canal passed nullified the Hay–Pauncefote Treaty, which Britain claimed guaranteed that its marine vessels passing through the canal would receive treatment on par with those of the United States. The Journal’s commitment to fostering debate about international law continued through World War I with publication of articles addressing the origin of the Law of Nations and questioning whether international law was incorporated into United States law. The pieces published in the inter-war period reflected the era’s positive outlook on the potential of international law to normalize and pacify global relations. These pieces also focused on important questions such as the legal limits of war, diplomatic immunity, the development of a perma- nent international court, and the legality of nationality deprivation.
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