September 2016
5 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Ciara Torres-Spelliscy of Stetson University College of Law discusses how Kansas, Georgia and Alabama pushed forward with efforts to require additional proof of citizenship by new registrants, despite the Supreme Court decision on invalidating state's requirements on proof of citizenship beyond the federal requirements... In my new …

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23 Sep 2016

JURIST 2016 Law of Armed Conflict Contributing Editor Laurie R. Blank of the Emory University School of Law discusses recent political comments concerning application of law during times of war...The apparent deliberate bombing of a UN relief convoy bringing lifesaving supplies to the beleaguered population of Aleppo, Syria was the …

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August 2016
19 Aug 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the history of abortion laws, and how Whole Woman's Health has impacted women's constitutional right to access abortion care...As numerous commentators have noted, the Supreme Court's 5-to-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt [PDF] …

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17 Aug 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars [PDF] of the University of Alabama School of Law, proposes a compromise federal approach to the problem of guns and terrorism... Just over two months ago we witnessed the worst mass shooting in US history, which, with 49 killed, was also the deadliest terrorist attack …

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16 Aug 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses what a four-four Supreme Court split means for the future of President Obama's immigration policy...As a professor of complex constitutional and statutory law issues, I'm not used to having people answer my questions in one word! …

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7 Aug 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses Donald Trumps's recent statements...The spectacle of Donald Trump's invitation to the Russian government to either hack Hillary Clinton's e-mail or provide to him the results of hacking already completed has been entertaining and troubling. Put …

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July 2016
29 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Bruno of the Harvard Law School discusses recent changes to and ongoing limitations of the Freedom of Information Act...A few weeks ago, President Obama signed into law a major amendment of the US Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. Ironically for a measure intended to make …

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19 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Mahmudul Hasan of University of Development Alternative discusses how international environmental law can be influenced by indigenous orders...In the realm of international environmental law, we have seen how various conceptions of international law; ideas about sovereignty and human rights come into play and add further dimensions and …

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16 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Allen Hammond of the Santa Clara Law School discusses a recent net neutrality ruling and what it means for the future of the internet...After three tries before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has succeeded in applying net neutrality …

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13 Jul 2016

JURIST Guest Columnist Kami N. Chavis of Wake Forest University School of Law discusses the recent proposals to add police officers to hate crime statutes... In May, the state of Louisiana enacted a law that would make it hate crime to target police, EMS personnel, and firefighters. In light of …

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