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April 2017
21 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane, Syracuse University College of Law, discusses the necessity of use of force in the Syrian conflict... The cornerstone to the UN paradigm is to settle disputes peacefully, using force only as a last resort. Yet, restoring international peace and security sometimes requires a hardened …

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17 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Dara Purvis of Penn State Law discusses some deficiencies of a recent Texas bill resembling North Carolina's "HB2"...In January, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick introduced Senate Bill 6 (SB6), another so-called "bathroom bill" aimed at preventing transgender Texans from using a bathroom consistent with their gender identity. …

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15 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher N. Lasch of the University of Denver discusses Attorney General Sessions' position on sanctuary cities ... As JURIST previously reported, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened to cut Department of Justice funding to so-called "sanctuary" cities. The Attorney General's comments during the White House press briefing …

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12 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Monte Mills of the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett III School of Law discusses the Dakota Accesss and Keystone XL's joint impact on tribal treaty rights ... On March 23, Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. [bio], the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, determined [PDF] that …

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11 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist James M. Grijalva discusses the recent controversy concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline...As spring emerged on the northern plains in late March, news broke of unrelated but congenerous developments in the long running sagas of two oil pipelines proposed for the Midwestern United States. The Energy Transfer partnership …

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8 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Ali Khan discusses the potential deportation of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, and international documents' and treaties' prohibition on state actions like deportation...Threats of deportations are evolving into a global phenomenon as nativism, racism, and xenophobia sweep the world. All over the world, …

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5 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law discusses the constitutional legacy of the First World War... American entry into the First World War one hundred years ago, on April 6, 1917, generated significant constitutional changes that resonate a century later. The war enormously expanded …

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3 Apr 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist William W. Berry III of the University of Mississippi School of Law discusses the constitutional questions and unclear future of the death penalty ... The State of Mississippi legislature has recently passed a bill [PDF] to amend its death penalty statute to provide for additional alternative methods …

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March 2017
29 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Erika Wilson of University of North Carolina School of Law, discusses the potential perils of Kentucky's new charter school law ... On March 21, 2017, Kentucky governor Matt Bevin signed into law House Bill ("HB") 520, a bill that will allow charters schools to operate in Kentucky …

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29 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Valena Beety of West Virginia University College of Law, discusses the impending Arkansas execution of eight people in ten days ... The state of Arkansas plans to execute eight people across ten days this April. Arkansas will attempt to execute two people per day on four …

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21 Mar 2017

Sleight of Hand in Florida's New Death Penalty: Requiring, But Not Requiring, Jury Unanimity JURIST Guest Columnist Chance Meyer of Shepard Broad College of Law,NOVA Southeastern University, discusses the Florida Supreme Court's recent death penalty decision in Hurst and its implications ... Dai Vernon knew how to spot a cardsharp. …

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16 Mar 2017

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discusses the constitutional violations resulting from the executive order banning nationals from six Muslim-majority countries...After a federal district court [PDF] judge and a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [PDF] that Donald …

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14 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz of Seton Hall University School of Law discusses President Trump's travel order revision...In effort to stave off legal challenges to his initial Executive Order (EO) banning travel by nationals of seven predominantly Muslim-majority countries, President Donald J. Trump issued a revised EO that addresses several …

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12 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law discusses the International Criminal Court's looking into investigating Americans for criminal prosecution for torture of prisoners in Afghanistan...As has been recently reported in the news, the International Criminal Court is looking into investigating Americans for criminal prosecution …

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11 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, Emory Law School, discusses the recent airstrikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen, and how self-defense raises questions in US response against al Qaeda... Last week's sustained campaign of airstrikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen brought the conflict with al Qaeda to the forefront …

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10 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Josephine R. Potuto discusses some of the controversies facing collegiate athletes today...Are college athletes employees? Are college athletes entitled to be paid for competing on college teams? Should college athletes be able to market their names and likenesses? Should college athletes share in profits made when their …

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6 Mar 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Ali Khan of Washburn University School of Law discusses the recent executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries, and the effects of US Customs and Border Protection officials' perpetuation of harassment at US airports... Ever since President Trump signed an executive order banning individuals from seven …

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February 2017
21 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Valentina Azarova of the Centre for Global Public Law of Koç University, Istanbul, discusses the implications of Security Council Resolution 2334 on the Israel-Palestine conflict...The US decision not to veto Security Council Resolution 2334 (SCR 2334 or "the Resolution"), adopted on December 23, 2016, as the last …

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20 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law discusses President Trump's affection for torture... President Trump likes torture. He has said that Secretary of Defense Mattis convinced him not to use it and he would defer to Mattis. CIA Director Pompeo in his written responses …

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20 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law discusses the use of fear as a mechanism for social control... Fear is deployed in the United States as a means of social control. The ICE raids are one kind of way of making people fear by …

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18 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge, Jr., Sarah Arnold and Sarah Wetter of The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss premier takeaways from the recent amendments to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (aka the "Common Rule")...On January 19, 2017, the Office for …

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18 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams discusses separation of powers between the Executive and Judicial branches, and how this relates to the travel restrictions imposed by Donald Trump... Among President Donald Trump's fundamental constitutional duties are implementing war strategy as Commander-in-Chief and developing security-related foreign policy as Chief Executive. The president …

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15 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist, Yvonne Lindgren, of Indiana Tech law School discusses the implications of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017" and how it will affect poor women and women of color...On January 24, 2017 the US House of Representatives passed the, No …

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13 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile of the University of Arkansas School of Law discusses the implications of massive agribusiness mergers in relation to eradicating world hunger ...Cross-border and multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, and strategic alliances are all the rage today. For instance, on April 12, 2017, …

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10 Feb 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee College of Law Immigration Clinic discusses the immigration and constitutional questions surrounding Executive Order 13769 ...Since Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13769, titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," on January 27, 2017, approximately 60 …

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