Azerbaijan International

Spring 2001 (9.1)
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Reader's Forum
Issues of Law

I'm a law student at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in Gainesville. This spring I carried out major research for the Florida Journal of International Law on the Status of the Caspian. My topic dealt with the conflict over the biological definition of the Caspian and the difficulties caused with its demarcation and designation of oil rights.

I'm writing to tell you that the help from Azerbaijan International magazine was immeasurable, and that my research and subsequent article led to my being selected into membership of the Florida Journal of International Law. This is a select group of six students chosen each year to form a consultant journalistic team out of about 20 applications. We'll be continuing our responsibilities for the next two years.

As a member of the Journal, I am required to conduct research and submit further articles, so I hope to write more about Azerbaijan in the future. I have developed a great interest in this country through my research. I had no idea of the technological advancements that have been made by the Azerbaijani people. It is so unfortunate for our children that history is written with so much Western bias.

For my next article, I would like to explore legal issues related to the U.S. Congressional sanctions [Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, which prevents the U.S. government from giving aid directly to the Azerbaijani government].

Before entering law school, I was in the military and learned Russian from some very wonderful native Russians, who instilled in me a great interest in this region. I look forward to reading more from your Web site - - for my own personal enjoyment. Thanks for such a wonderful magazine and for making all the articles accessible on the Web.

Kris Anne Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

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