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Professional Commentary
4 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Trevor Burrus, a legal associate for the Cato Institute, argues that despite claims by critics of the Supreme Court, "partisanship" is nothing more than an epithet with little descriptive content and will not be the driving factor behind the final decision on the Affordable Care Act...The large … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Nick Tiger of Servicemembers United and Danielle Hawkes of The American Military Partner Association argue that the DOJ decision to allow military and veteran benefits for same-sex couples will lead to a Supreme Court ruling on whether heightened scrutiny should be applied to sexual orientation...On February 17, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
28 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dario Ringach, Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was enacted to protect individuals from extremists who adopt methods of violence and true threats, rather than to threaten activism or infringe on activists' First Amendment … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Alex Luchenitser, Associate Legal Director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says that despite the US constitutional tradition of separation between church and state, US courts lag far behind the UK after a recent decision banning prayers at town-council meetings...Last Friday, in National Secular … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kelsey Alford-Jones, Director of Guatemala Human Rights Commission, argues that it is important for the Public Prosecutor's Office and president to follow through with the genocide charges against Rios Montt to strengthen Guatemala's judiciary and bring justice to the victims of genocide...On Thursday, January 26, Guatemala's former … [read more]


Professional Commentary
28 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn Taubman, Staff Attorney for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, argues that President Obama's "recess" appointments of three new members to the National Labor Relations Board are invalid because the Senate was not actually in recess at the time of the appointments...On January 3, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Nisha Valabhji, Officer-in-Charge of the Defence Support Section of the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, argues that political interference and judicial misconduct in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia are matters of grave concern that require immediate investigation...The issue of political interference in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Oct 2011

Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy, argues that Florida's drug testing policy for receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance is harmful to the people the policy is designed to help...In recent years, many states have proposed mandatory universal or … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Oct 2011

Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, argues that Florida's drug testing policy is an effective policy, can serve as a model for other states and could save hundreds of millions of dollars nationally...While Judge Mary Scriven, a George W. Bush appointee, considers the constitutionality of Florida's new … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Apr 2011

Reporters Without Borders seconds the United Nations' call on the Turkish government to "guarantee freedom of opinion and expression," as the imprisonment and punishment of journalists on charges of challenging and acting to 'overthrow government via conspiracy' are ridiculous and unacceptable. In accordance with the UN, Reporters Without Borders believes … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Mar 2011

Gabor Rona [International Legal Director, Human Rights First]: "Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is committing atrocities against his people. His armed forces, police and mercenaries have been reported to be systematically targeting civilians in a misguided attempt to quell public demonstrations for democratic reform. A week ago, UN Secretary General Ban … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 Feb 2011

Richard Socarides [President Equality Matters]: "This is another important ruling from a federal District Court raising serious questions as to the validity of the Justice Department's defense of the federal anti-gay marriage law. It's an important development because it adds to the growing willingness of the federal bench to take … [read more]


Professional Commentary
29 Jan 2011

Joshua Rosenzweig [Senior Manager of Research and Hong Kong Operations, The Dui Hua Foundation]: The past several years have been frustrating ones for those who hoped that growing international engagement with China would result in improvements in human rights in that country. While there is no question that economic and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
13 Jan 2011

Bob Edgar [President and CEO, Common Cause]: "The fall of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is a well-timed warning to the House's new GOP leaders — and Democrats too — about what can happen when lawmakers put themselves and their pursuit of power above the law. DeLay, once known … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Nov 2010

Richard C. Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: "A high delegation of U.S. officials recently traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to report to the recently-formed United Nations Human Rights Council concerning our observance of human rights standards. Other countries were entitled to comment on the U.S.'s compliance with these standards, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 Nov 2010

Ishai Menuchin [Executive Director, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel]: "The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel welcomes B'Tselem and Hamoked's recent report, "Kept in the Dark" which is an important study of one particular Shin Bet interrogation center over a limited period of time. PCATI's ongoing and daily work … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Nov 2010

Jon Feere [Legal Policy Analyst, Center for Immigration Studies]: "States regularly assist the federal government in making sure federal laws and regulations in a whole host of areas are followed. The feds generally welcome the support. But when it comes to immigration, the Obama administration has signaled opposition to states … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2010

Jim Hanson [Senior Director, Warrior Legacy Foundation]: "As reported here: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed [PDF] a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi. I … [read more]

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