March 2014
3 Mar 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center provides several legal justifications under the UN Charter for the use of force in Syria...Some argue that a US use of armed force in Syria would violate the United Nations Charter in the absence of a UN Security … [read more]

September 2013
9 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Corbett of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School says that the Fifth Circuit's decision concerning cell site location information is constitutionally sound and that, for the time being, lower courts will have to work through its related privacy implications without the Supreme Court's direct guidance...In the … [read more]

8 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Enver Hasani of the University of Prishtina says [about 250 character intro to the article]...In the past two years we have grown accustomed to the violence in Syria. However, the latest reaction of the Western world towards the massive poisoning of Syrian citizens, hors de combat, seems … [read more]

8 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Law, says that by failing to provide shield protection at the Federal level, the US risks both a chilling effect on investigative journalism and increases the potential for the uncontrolled release of information ...Journalists who are performing their … [read more]

8 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations argues that the use of military force against Syria would constitute a violation of international law...Violence has been the greatest threat to human rights throughout the past two decades. Although the cold war between … [read more]

August 2013
19 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Theodore Seto of the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles says the US Supreme Court's decision in US v. Windsor will not be its last concerning same-sex marriage, due to its repercussions on federal and state law interplay...In US v Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, … [read more]

2 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Douglas Cox and Ramzi Kassem, Associate Professors at the City University of New York School of Law say that the National Security Council needs to return to previous levels of oversight and legal restriction... In yet another troubling illustration of government secrecy and evasion of accountability, the … [read more]

July 2013
29 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Wells of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law says that the broad provisions of the Espionage Act raise significant First Amendment concerns, mainly that government officials can control all debates by allowing favorable leaks while punishing embarrassing or critical ones ...Last month, Edward … [read more]

18 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Megale of Savannah Law School examines Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law in the context of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman...In terms of the law, the verdict in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman is legally sound; it is the "correct" verdict of a jury bound … [read more]

16 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School says that the key issue in assessing the espionage charge against Edward Snowden is whether his disclosure of the gathering of call data harmed the US or helped a foreign nation...Several weeks ago, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald broke … [read more]

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