A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
August 2017
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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July 2017
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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June 2017
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 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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May 2017
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 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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March 2017
by Fahira Brodlija

JURIST Guest Columnist Fahira Brodlija, an LLM student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses the recent ICJ response to Bosnia and Herzegovina's request for a revised judgment from its 2007 lawsuit against Serbia regarding the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in its case... The International Court of Justice …

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February 2017
by JURIST Contributor

JURIST Guest Columnist Fahira Brodlija of The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, LLM Class of 2017, discusses the implications of revising a lawsuit between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia...According to the former prosecutor of The Hague International Criminal Court (ICC), Geoffrey Nice, there is new evidence based on which Bosnia and Herzegovina could seek the revision of its lawsuit …

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by Doris Toyou

JURIST Guest Columnist Doris Toyou of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses treaty translation issues in the nation of Cameroon... The 2016 unrest in the Republic of Cameroon ("Cameroon") started when a group of Anglophone lawyers demanded an official English translation of a treaty ratified since 1996. While Cameroon has over two hundred fifty national languages, the colonialization …

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December 2016
by Fuad Rafidi

JURIST Guest Columnist Fuad Rafidi of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2018, discusses safe spaces on college campuses... Do safe places belong on college campuses? On November 22, 2016, Yue Zhang wrote a critical piece about colleges not having safe spaces. Yue personally believes safe spaces only spoils kids and makes them more fragile. Although there might be …

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November 2016
by Mohit Gupta

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohit Gupta, an International Law Masters student at South Asian University discusses an October ICJ ruling against the Marshall Islands concerning India's failure to meet customary international law concerning halting developments of nuclear weapons ...On 5 October, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in favor of India in a case brought forward by the Republic …

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October 2016
by Fahira Brodlija

JURIST Guest Columnist Fahira Brodlija of University of Pittsburgh School of Law, LLM Class of 2017, discusses the recent referendum and court decisions regarding Republic Srpska... The specific constitutional framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) and the governmental structure which arises out of it has provided for a constant need for a balancing act in day-to-day politics. Considering the fact …

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September 2016
by Dayna Jones

JURIST Guest Columnist Dayna Jones, a law student at Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the intersection of law and environmental justice concerning the the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Dakota Access Pipeline... The largest multi-tribal gathering of indigenous peoples in North America in over a century is happening now at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. Leading …

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June 2016
by Mahmudul Hasan

JURIST Guest Columnist Mahmudul Hasan, an LLM student at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, discusses the impact of climate change on vulnerable world populations and its relation to international migration and refugee situations...As global climate change and the resulting implications on ecosystems and livelihoods affect the viability of traditional lifestyles in many parts of the world, some global bodies are …

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May 2016
by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Alam of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the negative effect corporate mergers have on preserving American jobs... While some public figures paint horror stories of how immigrants steal American jobs, subtler, but yet powerful forces leave thousands of American employees jobless. These forces are corporate restructuring and downsizing. And the 2015 merger of …

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March 2016
by Rogendy Toussaint

JURIST Guest Columnist Rogendy Toussaint of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Toussaint discusses whether the disparate impact of international aid in Haiti... As a seemingly routine afternoon faded to dusk on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake …

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February 2016
by John Klinker

JURIST Guest Columnist John W. Klinker of Loyola University Chicago School of Law discusses how the decision in Montanile potentially creates a precedent that could affect the funding of welfare benefit plans... A common term in welfare benefit plans establishes an agreement whereby the plan will pay covered medical expenses of an employee when the employee is injured by a …

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by Katharine Suominen

JURIST Guest Columnist Katharine Suominen of St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2016, is the eleventh author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Suominen discusses the dangers of the court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby...Imagine Occupy Wall Street protests break out again, but this time, the mayor directs …

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by James Tugee

JURIST Guest Columnist James Tugee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses how Rwandan President Paul Kagame can save his legacy by retiring, despite recent amendments extending his term limits... On December 18, 2015, Rwandans voted in a referendum to approve various amendments that had been proposed by the Senate to the 2003 constitution. Key among the …

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by Veronica Reyes

JURIST Guest Columnist Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2016, is the tenth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Reyes discusses why warrantless searches of cell phones by the police may not be the best solution in protecting our Fourth Amendment rights...The Riley v. California …

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January 2016
by Patrick Prager

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the ninth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Prager discusses the influence of the upcoming decision from NLRB regarding student athletes... The "student-athlete" is surprisingly uncompensated and unprotected. Though the NCAA's revenues approach …

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by Alexander Burns

JURIST Guest Columnist Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University discusses growing pains associated with law enforcement body cameras use, implementation, and pending Indiana legislation...In this article I will address several legal and practical issues presented by law enforcement body cameras including: privacy concerns for victims, juveniles and witnesses, especially when an officer is interviewing a witness or victim in a private …

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by Ryan Matthews

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the eighth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Matthews discusses discriminatory No Promo Homo laws... The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor of same-sex marriage in the long awaited case of Obergefell …

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December 2015
by Jeremy Schmidt

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremy Schmidt of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses gun rights in the United States...President Obama, without respect to those mourning lost loved ones, has gotten into a habit of always attacking law-abiding citizens' rights to bear arms whenever there is a highly publicized violent attack in the United States of America. President Obama …

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by Azariah Jelks

JURIST Guest Columnist Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University Law School of Class 2016 discusses the importance of coming together as a community in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in the US... With the price of housing steadily rising, income levels largely remaining stagnant and an increase in the elderly, the need for affordable housing is more important …

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