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Dispute Resolution Law Journal Announces Publication of Volume XXIII, Issue 1, and Editorial Board 2023-2024

The Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (DRLJ) is pleased to announce its publication of Volume XXIII, Issue 1, and its new Editorial Board for 2023-2024. The latest issue may be found on the journal's Digital Commons page, which include works by students Patrick Babajanian and Olivia Davis.

Babajanian’s article, Calming the Caucasus: Neutralizing Azerbaijan’s Military “BATNA” to Restart the Peace Process in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), examines the Republic ofAzerbaijan’s 2020 invasion of the Republic of Artsakh as a failure of the peace process in the region spurred by a major power imbalance among the parties, and evaluates—as tactics to bring Azerbaijan back to the negotiating table: (1) the withholding of U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan pursuant to § 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act of 1992 and (2) imposition of sanctions on Azerbaijani leadership for human rights violations pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act.

Davis’s article, The New Normal: Navigating Legal Challenges in the World of Influencer Marketing & How ADR Can Help, examines the current legal landscape surrounding influencer marketing—a method of advertising that has experienced tremendous growth with the rise of social media—and recommends the establishment of a collective bargaining system, an influencer-tailored union, and implementation of FTC-sponsored ADR fora, noting the benefits these various ADR avenues could provide to influencers, brands, and consumers alike.

Additionally, DRLJ thanks the members of its Student Editorial Board for Volume XXIII for their exceptional service to the journal this past year and is excited to announce its incoming Student Editorial Board for Volume XXIV:

Editor in Chief

Reeve Lanigan

Managing Editor

Caroline Garcia

Executive Editors

Melissa Clark
Christian Griego
Aeva Lanphere
Taylor Mathis
Grace Whitten

Symposium Editor

Doyeon Kim

Lead Articles Editors

Carolyn Deal
Shirley Huang

Student Articles Editors

Anna Brown
Ellie Martinez

Business & Technical Editor

Michael Georgino

The DRLJ is one of Pepperdine Caruso School of Law’s specialized law journals, associated with the top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which focuses on all aspects related to dispute resolution. Whether domestic or international, practical or theoretical, involving negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, in a world with no shortage of conflict, there is a corresponding bounty of scholarship to be done on the subject.

The DRLJ Student Editorial Board strongly encourages interested JD, MDR, LLM, and joint-degree graduate students to participate in the Journal Write-On Competition beginning on May 12, 2023 and to rank DRLJ at the top of their list to maximize chances of admission as a junior staffer.

Membership on DRLJ’s staff comes with a series of benefits, including:

  • Credits used for DRLJ may contribute to your Master’s in Dispute Resolution (MDR) or Straus Certificate, as applicable;
  • You can fulfill your Upper-Division Writing Requirement with your student article (minimum 25 pages on a unique topic of interest in the field of dispute resolution law);
  • You can subcheck remotely (DRLJ uses track changes in Word Documents); and
  • DRLJ enjoys a wide breadth of publication (based in large part on its connections to the Straus Institute).

In addition to subchecking and writing their own articles for publication consideration, DRLJ staff also take at least one (1) course with the Straus Institute.

If you are interested in learning more about DRLJ and the day-to-day work you would do as a junior staffer, please feel free to reach out to Reeve Lanigan at reeve.lanigan@pepperdine.edu and Caroline Garcia at caroline.garcia@pepperdine.edu.