November 2014
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JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars, of the University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the new Alabama Gun Control Law and argues that the state's gun regulations will be largely unaffected by the new constitutional amendment...Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment providing that: every citizen …

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October 2014
29 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes, of the South Texas College of Law, analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to present one of seven specified forms of picture …

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28 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Kelsey, of George Mason University School of Law, discusses the Supreme Court's recent actions on same-sex marriage ...The Constitution provides no citizen of any gender or orientation a Constitutional right to marriage. The Constitution is silent on the issue of marriage. It is not mentioned, and …

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22 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam, of the Singapore Management University, proposes a solution to the underlying issues which caused the ongoing protests in Hong Kong ... Nearly three weeks after they began, Hong Kong's student-led protests show little signs of abating. Parts of the central business district remain paralyzed. Skirmishes …

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20 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland in Finland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for those infected or suspected of …

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18 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military …

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16 Oct 2014

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law …

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16 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in Mexico, discusses Baskin v. Bogan and argues that the opinion presents an alternative approach to the equal protection standard of review for discriminatory acts...The right to equality or the right to equal protection of the laws is essential in a …

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9 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law in Egypt, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, the country witnessed a huge wave of …

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September 2014
30 Sep 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests [PDF] that this reputation is not completely justified. This research suggests that …

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