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9 Notre Dame J. Int'l Comp. L. i (2019)

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LETTER   FROM   THE  EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Dear Readers:

Over the last nine years, the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law has developed into a
strong platform for important international issues, featuring prominent international law scholars. It has lived
by the mission  to continuously grow  from one  Issue to the next. This Issue serves as evidence of this
continuous growth.

The theme of Volume  9, Issue 1-our Symposium  Issue-is  the Human Right to a Healthy Environment. Each
article in this Issue advocates for the importance and realization of this human right-whether   in the
workplace, prison, or in the environment as thought of in the traditional sense.

We  begin Issue 1 with an article that discusses the right to disconnect from the workplace. Professor Paul M.
Secunda's article observes that U.S. workers are increasingly finding it difficult to escape from work and that
after looking to France and Germany, the U.S. safety and health law under OSHA should be used to respond to
this employee disconnection problem. The next two articles address the importance of a healthy environment
in prison. Juan E. M6ndez,  former U.N.  Special Rapporteur on  Torture, highlights the international law
obligation to provide prisoners adequate healthcare and lays out the Nelson Mandela Rules as an applicable
international standard. Meanwhile, Professor Erica Zunkel demonstrates that even with international law,
domestic regulations are essential to provide individuals with proper treatment after criminal convictions. She
shows  that U.S. federal district court judges have to follow 18 U.S.C. 3553(a)'s command to consider what
sentence will provide the defendant with necessary rehabilitation and treatment in the most effective manner.
The next article then discusses the rising issue of climate refugees. Michael S. Talbot uses sources of Catholic
Social Teaching  to speculate on possible moral arguments  to fill in the gaps in the international legal
framework  around climate induced migration. Volume 9, Issue 1 ends with student notes written by myself,
Lara  Thiele, and Josephine  Suchecki. Our  notes propose  solutions to ease the problematic  situations
surrounding the Rohingya crisis and human-trafficking. And while these are two vastly different topics, they
convey a single theme: A healthy environment cannot exist where human dignity is denied.

On  behalf of the Journal, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Eck Institute of Global Health,
Kellogg Institute for International Studies, ND Gain, and numerous Notre Dame Law organizations, including
the Environmental Law  Society, International Human Rights Society, Future Prosecuting Attorney's Council,
Health Law  Society, International Law Society, and ACLU,  for their generosity; without their support the
Symposium   would  not be possible. I would also like to thank our faculty advisors, Professor Mary Ellen
O'Connell  and Sadie Blanchard, for their constant support as well as the Journal's Executive Board and
Editorial Staff for their dedication to the Journal. Finally, I want to thank our readers for supporting us as we
enter our ninth year of publication.

Yours in Notre Dame,





Lara Thiele
Editor- in- Chief Volume 9

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