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December 2017
by Julia Selman Ayetey

JURIST Guest Columnist Julia Selman Ayetey of McGill University discusses the UK Space Industry Bill... The global space market was valued at $329 billion in 2016 and private sub-orbital flights and launches of small satellites alone are anticipated to be worth £25 billion pounds over the next 20 years. It is therefore unsurprising that the UK seeks to become a …

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by Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier of City University of New York School of Law discusses diminished capacity standards in recent capital punishment cases... The United States Supreme Court in Dunn v. Madison recently considered whether or not a death row prisoner is competent to be executed if due to mental incapacity the prisoner cannot remember the crime. …

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November 2017
by Michael Krauss

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Krauss of the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School discusses the "crime fraud exception" to attorney-client privilege and how it applies to the recent situation with Paul Manafort and Robert Mueller...The attorney-client privilege is a common law privilege against testifying about the content of confidential communications between clients and their attorneys, made for the purpose …

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by Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile of the University of Arkansas School of Law discusses answers to questions about Arkansas' new right of publicity legislation ... The right of publicity is the right to control the commercial use of one's identity. Over the years, a growing number of celebrities, athletes and sports personalities have brought lawsuits to enforce their …

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by David A. Harris

In one of my favorite scenes from The Wire, the great HBO television series about crime, cops, and life in Baltimore, detectives Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty sit in an interrogation room across the table from a young African American man they call Cheese. The detectives suspect Cheese in one of several recent murders, and for good reason: they have …

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by Ricardo Arredondo

JURIST Guest Columnist Ricardo Arredondo of the University of Buenos Aires School of Law discusses the aftermath of recent violence against Argentine diplomatic facilities in Chile... On the night of October 23, both the residence of the Argentine Embassy and the Consulate General in Santiago de Chile were exposed to a violent situation, when a group of people protesting …

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by David Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent harmful developments regarding the restriction of chemical weapons in international law...The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should not ignore or walk away from the alleged use of any prohibited weapon, such as chemicals, as it signals it is permissible to violate the Chemical Weapons Convention …

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by Pacifique Manirakiza

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa discusses the effectiveness of Burundi's withdrawal from ICC...On October 27th, 2017 Burundi became the first State Party to withdraw from the Rome Treaty creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), in accordance with the provisions of Article 127. It is worth recalling that prior to Burundi's withdrawal notice, the Office of …

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October 2017
by Christina Pesavento

JURIST Guest Columnists Christina Pesavento and Ashley Baker, of the Committee for Justice: Thanks to a sex trafficking bill, the Internet's days as the bullhorn of democracy may be limited... In Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union (1997), Justice John Paul Stevens extolled the virtues of the Internet as a medium for speech. In this "vast democratic forum," he wrote, …

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by Marjorie Cohn

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Jonathan Moore, adjunct faculty at City University of New York School of Law, discuss recent efforts to silence environmental groups through litigation...In an audacious attempt to silence Greenpeace's constitutionally protected criticism of what the environmental protection group calls "Resolute Forest Destroyer," the logging company, Resolute Forest …

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by Mohamed Arafa

JURIST Guest Columnist, Mohamed Arafa, of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses the accomplishments and contributions of the late Mohamoud Cherif Bassiouni and his deep impact on international criminal law and justice...Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, a distinguished well-known Egyptian-American jurist and law professor was broadly viewed as a godfather of modern international law and criminal justice, passed away on September 25, …

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by David M. Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses the repercussions of certain UN member states' use of force on a fellow member state...Within the United Nations paradigm, state-parties settle their disputes peacefully and only resort to the use of force as a last measure. Several weeks ago four state-parties skipped the first step and …

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by Perfecto Caparas

JURIST Guest Columnist Perfecto Caparas of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face prosecution under international law... In the face of charges of ordering and condoning the murder of thousands of civilians by the Philippine National Police, President Rodrigo Duterte boasts that he is immune from suit. A former prosecutor …

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by L. Ali Khan

JURIST Guest Columnist L. Ali Khan of the Washburn University School of Law discusses the battle over public education funding in Kansas... Since 2010, Kansas has been litigating the funding of K-12 public education. The Kansas Supreme Court has rendered four decisions repeatedly instructing the state legislature to provide adequate and equitable funding for Kansas public schools. In its latest …

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by Robert Delahunty

JURIST Guest Columnists John Radsan of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Robert Delahunty of the University of St. Thomas School of Law discuss how President Trump can use the recent devastating hurricanes to make a national security argument to fight climate change... The hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, like the missiles of October 1962 and the hijacked airplanes …

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by Louis Rene Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, critically analyzes Trump's "America First" foreign policy... Instead of exchanging corrosive epithets with Kim Jung Un, President Trump should focus on creating a better understanding of the North Korean dictator's personal pattern of crisis decision. This would best be accomplished by more express thinking along the traditional medical science orientations of …

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September 2017
by Andrew Wright

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Wright of the Savannah Law School discusses President Trump's newly revised travel ban...On September 24th, President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation revising the entry suspensions and restrictions outlined in Executive Order 13780, issued March 6, 2017. The March 6 E.O. replaced the original chaos-inducing travel ban instituted by Executive Order 13769 on January 27, 2017. …

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by Glenn Smith

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the legal issues surrounding DACA... In explaining why President Trump was rescinding his predecessor's DACA ("Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals") program — which provided two-year renewable protection from deportation, and rights to work and access limited social services, to 800,000-plus undocumented "dreamers" brought to America as …

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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 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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August 2017
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 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 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 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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