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Academic Commentary
3 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Geoffrey Hoffman of the University of Houston Law Center says that although racial and ethnic profiling arguments were not addressed last week in Arizona v. United States, SB 1070 has significant civil rights implications for those of Latino descent...Is it premature to call a place a "police … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 May 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that Charles Taylor's conviction should serve as a warning to others who commit war crimes and crimes against humanity...I looked into his eyes when the presiding judge rendered the unanimous judgment of the trial chamber, guilty on all … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Arizona's immigration enforcement law, and others modeled after it, have already achieved their true goal of intimidating Latinos into leaving these states...This week, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Arizona v. United … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law says that the president's remarks on judicial review of health care reform may impede Obama from making the Supreme Court an issue in the upcoming presidential election...President Obama's strange swipe at judicial review on April 2 was a serious … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Valentina Azarov of Al-Quds Bards College, Al-Quds University says that the ICC was wrong to find that it did not have jurisdiction over Palestine, but due to the procedural nature of the decision, there are still avenues open for Palestine in the ICC...On April 3, 2012, the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Jackson of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law says that the criticism of recent comments by President Obama on the role of judicial review in the health care litigation have been unduly harsh...Did I miss something? Joe Scarborough begins my Tuesday morning with a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Jennifer Green and Sahadev Gowda of the University of Minnesota Law School, say that corporations must be held accountable for international law violations through use of the Alien Tort Statute...Last month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Bernstein of George Mason University School of Law, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, argues that striking down the individual mandate of the health care reform legislation does not implicate a resurgence of the notorious 1905 Supreme Court decision in Lochner v. New York...With the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that there is no true legal distinction between liberators and occupiers, and that because it does not look like there will be a treaty to distinguish the two soon, mixed tribunals will provide a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Mar 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael A. Olivas of the University of Houston Law Center says that recent state immigration laws restricting college access for undocumented immigrants are unnecessary and contradict deeply rooted principles of US law...Immigration has always been a complex transaction and dangerous sojourn. Local forces have attempted to control … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Mar 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that while deciding Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, the Supreme Court should be mindful of precedent that supports universal jurisdiction and corporate liability when it comes to human rights violations... Oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law says that the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is bound to cause tremendous amounts of litigation and to be challenged as unconstitutional or in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965...An under-publicized and constitutionally dubious movement to elect … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Amos Guiora of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that in light of a recent UN report, and in the absence of clear international standards for humanitarian intervention, the US must intervene in Syria to ensure stability and consistency in the region and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the ongoing posthumous prosecution of former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is a violation of the rule of law and a mark of shame against the Russian judicial system...In 897 AD in what was called "the Cadaver Synod," Pope … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Sanford of the University of Washington School of Law says that to understand the ongoing health care reform litigation, it is important to keep certain points in mind, and provides an in-depth preview to the issues to be argued, what they might mean and several resources … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Vivian Curran of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Armenian genocide law must be viewed in the context of French lois mémorielles, the complex history of France and EU law, noting that the French Constitutional Court will have to carefully balance dedication both … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law says that the newly enacted Hungarian Constitution has significant similarities to the Mexican Constitution of 1917, particularly in its provisions dealing with the recognition of religions and the resistance to these provisions...The year 2012 began with many auspicious legal, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Feb 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that countries seeking to promote peace and democracy can invoke Article 9 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by declaring Syrian consular staff personae non gratae...The failure of the UN Security Council … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law says that the current US policy of justifying all targeted strikes with reference to both armed conflict and self-defense has a detrimental effect on both current implementation and future development of the law...US targeted strikes on al Qaeda and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist D. Wes Rist of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that any attempt to extend the reach of the International Criminal Court into areas it was not created to address runs the risk of weakening its overall authority and the willingness of member states to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of Harvard Law School says that the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces must divorce its economic power from its political power if it wants to avoid further protests and protect its economic interests...It is probably too late. Too many people have already died … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Virginia Keyder of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, says that the recent decisions in EU case law shows a trend towards viewing intellectual property as a way to benefit society, rather than corporations, in contrast to the trends … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law says that President Obama should ignore pro forma sessions of Congress and exercise his constitutional authority to make recess appointments in order to overcome the obstructionism that has left countless federal positions open...Over the past … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says the US and other aggressors in the Iraq War have not had to face legal recourse for their numerous violations of international law in the invasion and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says that there is significant evidence that the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol violates international law by failing to further the goals of the treaty under … [read more]

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