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by Julie R. Colton

JURIST Guest Columnist Julie R. Colton of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses how the newfound legalization of same-sex marriage can raise more questions than it answers, particularly with respect to common law marriage... Even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional back in 2015, important issues surrounding same-sex marriage …

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by Samantha Chasworth

JURIST Guest Columnist Samantha Chasworth of the St. John's University School of Law discusses the harsh punishments inflicted upon immigrants in detention facilities... In Pineda Cruz v. Thompson, the women of Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas protested the awful treatment they experienced during their stay. Approximately eighty mothers circulated a petition and announced a hunger strike during Holy …

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by Pacifique Manirakiza

JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa discusses the complexities behind investigations into the atrocities in Burundi and the need for a special tribunal to prosecute the crimes ... In April 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary examination focusing on the third term related atrocities in Burundi following President Pierre …

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by Sedef Asli Topal

JURIST Guest Columnist Sedef Asli Topal of the University of Szeged discusses the EU's institutional framework using two popular approaches...The transformation of the European Union into "an ever closer union" in terms of political space is a topic of which has been widely discussed for the last three or four decades in the discipline of International Relations, but there are …

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by Shannon Riordan

JURIST Guest Columnist Shannon Riordan of St. John's University, discusses domestic violence in the NFL ... On February 15, 2014, Ray Rice, a top National Football League (NFL) player for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested on assault charges, after he engaged in a physical altercation inside an elevator with his now-wife, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, critically analyzes Trump's "America First" foreign policy... "The existence of `system' in the world is at once obvious to every observer of nature....Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all the others." — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man The cumulative jurisprudential assets and liabilities of U.S. …

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by Benson Varghese

JURIST Guest Columnist Attorney Benson Varghese of Varghese Summersett, discusses Texas' new cyberbullying law ... Back in the day, a schoolyard bully was a student’s worst nightmare. Now, it’s cyberbullies that teens fear the most. Not only can cyberbullies remain anonymous, but they can strike at all hours of the day and night. With just a few keystrokes, they …

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by Sarah Silverhardt

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Silverhardt of St. John's University discusses the implications of continued ignorance of serial rapists on college campuses... Unlike your Sunday marathon of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this heinous crime was real. Two Virginia students both abducted and murdered, and both body remains were found five miles apart on a rural farm. Coincidence? Definitely not. …

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by Jessica George

JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica George of St. John's University discusses the need for a cause of action to remedy fraudulent voting processes ... Equal opportunity initiatives will always remain a hotly contested issue that incites passionate political action - so much so that it even inspires wealthy businessmen to lead a political crusade against affirmative action policies. People decide their …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis Rene Beres of Purdue University discusses President Trump's potentially problematic access to and control over America's nuclear arsenal, an issue relatively unaddressed amidst the constant discussion of Trump-related scandal... Strictly speaking, insanity is not a proper medical or psychiatric term, but rather a more-or-less acceptable legal description. Nonetheless, as a convenient shorthand for exploring mental illness …

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by Md Tabish Eqbal

JURIST Guest Columnist Md Tabish Eqbal of South Asia University discusses why India should reconsider its initial objections to ratifying the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions... Like many other branches of international law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) grew exponentially after World War II, with a view toward expanding the scope of the protection of the victims of armed …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts discusses President Donald Trump's recent antics and how they will affect the potential for nuclear action...Increasingly, Donald Trump is showing palpable signs of debility. Most worrisome, in this sobering display, is the president's conspicuously proud disregard for science, history, diplomacy, intelligence, and jurisprudence. Less easily documented, …

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by Colin Whitlow

JURIST Guest Columnist Colin Whitlow, Head of Content at CrowdJustice, discusses the legal battle between “sanctuary cities” and the federal government and how one directly related issue has received notably less attention: whether sanctuary cities may incur civil liabilities in the event that an undocumented immigrant commits a crime... The legal and political conversation around the treatment of so called …

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by David Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses how President Trump is using the conflict with North Korea to divert attention from his own shortcomings...Tyrants need a war. Looking back over the past hundred years one finds that tyrants come to power in conflict and remains in power largely due to conflict. It centers …

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by Sarah A. Noe

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge, Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University and Sarah A. Noe of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discuss the recent national call for a Presidential state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic gripping the nation...On July 31, 2017 President Donald J. Trump's White House Commission on …

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by Royal Oakes

JURIST Guest Columnist Royal Oakes discusses the newest chapter in O.J. Simpson's legal drama, and what it portends for the future... In a word association game you might not connect O.J. Simpson with the legendary group The Grateful Dead, but the group's signature lyric, "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been" seems an apt description of the fallen star's life …

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by Matt Belenky

JURIST Guest Columnist Matt Belenky of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Amazon's sales tax policy... As of April 1, 2017, Amazon, once a leader in pushing for online purchases to be tax free, announced it would collect sales taxes on purchases in the final four states it hadn't yet collected from: Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico. …

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by Bradley Abramson

JURIST Guest Columnist Bradley Abramson of Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses the new ABA Model Rules and potential first amendment concerns ... The new ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) prohibits attorneys from engaging in "harmful," "derogatory," or "demeaning" speech in any activity "related to the practice of law," including "bar association, business or social activities." Proponents of the rule have advanced several …

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by Megan Fairlie

JURIST Guest Columnist Megan A. Fairlie of the Florida International University College of Law discusses the value of preserving an important, unsung hero of the State Department... Earlier this month, former State Department Deputy Beth van Schaack first reported on the planned closure of the State Department's Office of Global Criminal Justice ("GCJ"). The GCJ, historically led by an Ambassador-at-Large, …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, discusses the implications of Palestinian statehood under the rubric of International Law... "The first general law, which is to be found in the very end of the society of Nations, is that each Nation should contribute as far as it can to the happiness and advancement of other Nations." Emmerich de …

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by Abhishek Trivedi

JURIST Guest Columnist Abhishek Trivedi, LLM Faculty of Studies, at South Asian University - New Delhi discusses the implications of the International Court of Justice decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case... On May 18, 2017 the order of provisional measures was given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favor of India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case between …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, in part two of this two part series, continues his discussion on how Higher Law supports the prospective impeachment of President Trump... II. What is to be done when positive law (which now includes US Constitutional law) is at variance with true law? The Romans had proposed a remedy. They incorporated …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, in part one of this two part series, discusses how Higher Law supports the prospective impeachment of President Trump... "The legality of the Constitution, its supremacy, and its claim to be worshipped alike find common standing ground on the belief in a law superior to the will of human governors." — …

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by David M. Crane

JURIST Guest Columnists, David M. Crane, of Syracuse University School of Law, and Richard Goldstone, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, discuss the widespread implications of the US decision to close the Office of Global Criminal Justice...With the raspy barking of a US President in the background trying to "Make America Great Again," the world shrinks away …

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by Dhruv Sharma

JURIST Guest Columnist Dhruv Sharma of National Law University, Delhi discusses the tense relationship between India and Pakistan magnified due to recent events ... On May 8 2017, the President of the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”), exercising his powers under Rule of the Court 74(4), forwarded a request to the government of Pakistan to “act in such a way …

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by Benjamin Davis

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law adapts Leo Amery's famous 1940 speech calling for the ousting of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for the age of Trump...May I say that I agree wholeheartedly with what just fell from the lips of the hon. Maxine Waters of California as to the responsibility of the Opposition …

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by L. Ali Khan

JURIST Guest Columnist L. Ali Khan of the Washburn University School of Law discusses the rationale behind some proposed changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct... The American Bar Association (ABA) has proposed a model rule to discipline lawyers who in the practice of law harass or discriminate, by speech or conduct, on the basis of race, sex, …

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by Julie A. Hill

JURIST Guest Columnist Julie A. Hill of The University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the Financial Choice Act and duplicative enforcement of financial regulations ... After the L.A. Times revealed that Wells Fargo employees opened millions of unauthorized consumer accounts, the bank faced multiple investigations and fines. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Wells Fargo a record $100 …

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by Ohud Ali. Alzahrani

JURIST Guest Columnist Ohud Ali. Alzahrani of the University of Pittsburgh discusses the overdue abolition of a long held guardianship system for the women in Saudi Arabia ... Women have recently gained some rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (referred to hereafter as KSA). Currently, the women of Saudi Arabia do not have full independent freedom from the guardianship …

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by Benjamin Davis

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law discusses the effect the Supreme Court's recent decision to stay parts of President Trump's "Muslim ban" will have on vulnerable refugees...On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court per curiam opinion granted the US Government's application to stay the "Muslim ban or not" injunctions to the extent that …

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by Mohamed Arafa

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Arafa of Indiana University discusses the new French president, Emmanuel Macron's foreign policy in Muslim and Middle Eastern world ... Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old and the ex-minister of economics, is now the France's new president after crushing his bitter rival the far-right wing Marine Le Pen in the fight for the presidency and real democracy. This …

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by Mark R. Killenbeck

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark R. Killenbeck of the University of Arkansas School of Law discusses Alabama's HB 24 which allows adoption agencies to refuse to place foster children with same-sex couples according to religious beliefs ... In March 1967, a three-judge district court in Lee v. Macon County Board of Education condemned Alabama's "relentless opposition" to the elimination of its …

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by Roy Lee

JURIST Guest Columnist Roy Lee discusses the applications of principles from the Star Wars film series to contemporary issues in international relations... In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Jedi and the Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Sith and the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on "tyranny, xenophobic hatred of non-humans, power projection through brutal and lethal force, and …

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by JURIST Contributor

JURIST Guest Columnist Eugene Lee of MBK Sports Management discusses whether NCAA student-athletes should be paid ... With the proliferation of billion-dollar television contracts and customized branding opportunities in the age of social media, college athletes are receiving more media exposure and generating more revenues for their programs than ever before. However, a dichotomy does exist. While these student-athletes generate …

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by Surya Rajkumar

JURIST Guest Columnist Surya Rajkumar of O.P. Jindal Global University, discusses the prospects of relief for victims of violence in the Kashmir dispute ... On the 1st of May 2017, the mutilated bodies of two personnel of the Indian Border Security Force were found in the disputed Line of Control (LoC) area in Jammu and Kashmir, India. In a press …

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by David M. Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist, David M. Crane, of Syracuse University School of Law discusses the importance of the rule of law in restoring the ideals of humanity and morality on a global scale...There is a growling of a discontent, an unrest, just below the surface, festering ready to erupt into a boil of frustration. The salve of the rule of law …

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by Jay Austin

JURIST Guest Columnist Jay Austin of the Environmental Law Institute discusses President Trump's recent executive order concerning offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf ... Even before this week's dramatic events, the topic of "presidential power" had already been trending. There's now an entire law school course devoted to the Trump Administration's first 100 days; the Washington Post produced a …

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by James P. Rudolph

JURIST Guest Columnist James P. Rudolph discusses the consequences of waiting for North Korea to use its nuclear weapons ... North Korea's ambition to acquire nuclear weapons is a threat not only to Asia but to the United States as well. Kim Jong-Un, the despotic and unstable leader of North Korea, appears hell-bent on testing, developing and ultimately using nuclear …

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by Roy S. Gutterman

JURIST Guest Columnist, Roy S. Gutterman, of School of Public Communications at Syracuse University discusses the implications of late-night television political satire and the effect of FCC regulation on the First Amendment...Since the election late-night TV show hosts have been making a killing at the expense of the Trump administration. But new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, intimated …

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by Marjorie Cohn

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discusses the legal framework of a potential Trump impeachment...Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to the crescendo of outrage by appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of …

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by Oday Mahmood

JURIST Guest Columnist Oday T. Mahmood, an S.J.D. candidate for 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses needed legal and constitutional reforms in Iraq post Islamic State... In 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized three large cities in Iraq which were Anbar, Salah al-Din and Mosul. In fact, the fall of these cities …

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by Royal F. Oakes

JURIST Guest Columnist Royal F. Oakes of discusses the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey and its implications for wider investigations into the Trump administration... The Comey affair is shaping up to be a brass knuckle, brazenly partisan showdown that could turn into a Trump administration Armageddon. The two sides couldn't be more different. The Trump perspective is: you've …

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by Greg Barnes

JURIST Guest Columnist Greg Barns, Lecturer in Jurisprudence RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) and Anna Talbot, Legal and Policy Adviser Australian Lawyers Alliance discuss the human rights of unwell asylum seekers at the refugee facility on Manus Island... On April 30th, the National Court of Papua New Guinea granted an urgent request for an injunction to prevent Lebanese asylum seeker Azzam …

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by Mais Haddad

JURIST Guest Columnist Mais Haddad, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses laws in Arab countries that protect rapists and further oppress rape victims.... In the Arab world, women are under systematic discrimination socially, politically and economically. This discrimination is mirrored, deepened and embodied within the Arab countries' legal systems. A quick study of these countries laws is enough to …

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by Ricardo Arredondo

JURIST Guest Columnist Ricardo Arredondo, a professor at University of Buenos Aires, responds to David Crane's commentary article in respect to the international law on the use of force... A few days ago Prof. Crane wrote a very interesting article about the international law on the use of force, particularly regarding in situations where mass atrocities are being committed. The …

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