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May 2017
by James P. Rudolph

JURIST Guest Columnist James P. Rudolph discusses the consequences of waiting for North Korea to use its nuclear weapons ... North Korea's ambition to acquire nuclear weapons is a threat not only to Asia but to the United States as well. Kim Jong-Un, the despotic and unstable leader of North Korea, appears hell-bent on testing, developing and ultimately using nuclear …

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by Royal F. Oakes

JURIST Guest Columnist Royal F. Oakes of discusses the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey and its implications for wider investigations into the Trump administration... The Comey affair is shaping up to be a brass knuckle, brazenly partisan showdown that could turn into a Trump administration Armageddon. The two sides couldn't be more different. The Trump perspective is: you've …

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April 2017
by Jillian Blake

JURIST Guest Columnist Jillian Blake, an attorney at Blake & Wilson Immigration Law, PLLC, discusses the violation of basic judicial and human rights principle regarding to the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office... In late April the Trump Administration announced the creation of VOICE, or the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office, which it claims will assist …

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by Kip Wainscott

Guest Columnist Kip Wainscott, Head of Legal & External Relations at CrowdJustice, discusses the fight against gerrymandering, and the value of digital organizing tools to empower movements and make them more accessible... Across the country, lawyers and voting rights advocates are bringing fresh vigor to the fight against unjust election practices. Just last week, a federal judge in North Carolina …

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by JURIST Contributor

JURIST Guest Columnist Andreas Kuersten discusses the flawed reasoning of recent legislation that allows Internet Service Providers to sell customers' personal information without their consent ... Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai and Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Maureen Ohlhausen begin their recent op-ed (a bull-headed defense of controversial legislation that, among other things, allows …

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by Bettina Nemeth

JURIST Guest Columnist Bettina Nemeth, a partner in LexMetis, discusses Hungary's approach to the refugee crisis. . . In June of 2015, the Secretary of Interior Dr. Sándor Pintér, filed a legislative bill in the Hungarian Parliament to overhaul the country's asylum proceedings and to restructure the border police force. The Parliament debated the bill and overwhelmingly approved it on …

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by Jason Luckasevic

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Luckasevic of Goldberg, Percy & White discusses his firsthand account of the fight with the National Football League (NFL) regarding the neurocognitive disease, CTE ... Like so many other young boys, I dreamt that someday I would become a professional athlete. I would watch the games and then imitate my favorite players in the backyard. I …

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March 2017
by Tasha Russell

JURIST Guest Columnist Tasha Russell discusses ethical issues that arise from the death penalty plan in Arizona, which attempts to put the onus on the lawyer's of convicted criminals awaiting the death penalty to provide the drugs to be used in their client's execution...Jjust recently, it has come to light that the State of Arizona has put forward a new …

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February 2017
by Kathryn L. Tucker

JURIST Guest Columnist Kathryn L. Tucker Executive Director of End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP) discusses the End of Life Option Act adopted by California... California adopted the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) in October 2015, establishing statutory permission for aid in dying (AID), the medical practice in which a physician provides a mentally competent terminally ill patient with …

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by Jessica Evans

JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica Evans of Human Rights Watch, discusses ongoing litigation regarding the World Bank's International Finance Corporation's immunity to civil suit ... A few days ago, I had the rare opportunity to watch an arm of the World Bank answer in court for the harm one of its projects allegedly caused. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector …

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by Brian T. Hodges

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian T. Hodges of The Pacific Legal Foundation, discusses Murr v. State of Wisconsin and its potential effect on regulatory takings jurisprudence ... The US Supreme Court is set to resolve a critically important question of regulatory takings law this term in the case, Murr v. State of Wisconsin, Dkt. No. 15-214. At issue is the “relevant …

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by Kübra Berberoğlu

JURIST Guest Kübra Berberoğlu, Oxford Human Rights Law Reporter (OxHRLR), discusses how, in the case of B.L. v. Australia, the HRC has made either a careless or a disappointing start in clarifying how it employs the internal relocation alternative and how this might negatively affect refugee protection under the ICCPR. A longer version of this post is available @cgpl... …

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January 2017
by Stephen Cooper

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Cooper discusses the story of Benny King and the criminalization of addiction... Benny King is a gregarious, good-hearted, God-fearing 53-year-old black man from Alabama who shouldn’t be in prison. But he is. Mr. King is serving 14-months at the federal correctional institution in Jesup, Georgia, for violating conditions of his supervised release; conditions ordered …

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by JURIST Contributor

JURIST Guest Columnist Reid T. Murdoch, Esq., Board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, analyzes a major Eighth Circuit ruling prohibiting blanket drug testing of college students...Blanket drug testing of college students is officially unconstitutional, a US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled in December, reversing a previous panel opinion. The US Court of Appeals for the …

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by Courtney Bowman

JURIST Guest Columnist Courtney Bowman, discusses the emerging trend of localized data and how corporations and governments are reacting this emerging technology... The combined forces of globalization and technology have enabled an expansion of international business opportunities the likes of which have never been seen before. It is now easier than ever for companies large and small to …

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by John Terwilleger

JURIST Guest Columnist John Terwilleger, of Gunster, discusses the development and regulation of "driverless" vehicles and how federal and state governments are addressing this emerging technology... Self-driving, or “autonomous” vehicles have advanced dramatically in recent years, to the point that they are now tested on public roads every day in the United States. Some consumer cars, such as Teslas …

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by David M. Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane, founding Chief Prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in West Africa, discusses the UN's recent action that will allow for independent justice-seeking organizations to hold accountable parties committing international crimes in Syria... On Wednesday 21 December, 105 member states of the United Nations General Assembly took an important step forward in seeking justice …

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December 2016
by Amy St. John

JURIST Guest Columnist Amy St. John, manager at Earth's Healing, shares some professional experiences and personal opinions from her time spent working inside the marijuana industry...I have worked in the medical marijuana industry since 2013 in both Arizona and New Mexico. I have been involved in all aspects of this industry including: licensing, dispensary, cultivation, compliance, and patient and …

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by Kathryn L. Tucker

JURIST Guest Columnist Kathryn L. Tucker Executive Director of End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP) discusses the Death with Dignity Act adopted by DC... The Death with Dignity Act adopted by the DC City Council in November 2016, establishes statutory permission for aid in dying (AID), the practice whereby a physician provides a mentally competent terminally ill patient with a …

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November 2016
by Roger Byron

JURIST Guest Columnist Roger Byron, Esq. Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute discusses how Felix v. City of Bloomfield illustrates inherent flaws in the Lemon v. Kurtzman Establishment Clause test ... The late Justice Antonin Scalia once described the infamous Lemon v. Kurtzman test for analyzing Establishment Clause matters as a “ghoul” from a “late-night horror movie” that simply will …

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by Hilary Bricken

JURIST Guest Columnist Hilary Bricken, of Canna Law Group, discusses the Trump administration and how it could impact the status of cannabis at the state level...With a recent Gallup poll showing 60 percent of Americans favor cannabis legalization, it should come as no surprise that eight out of nine states voted for marijuana legal reform through ballot initiatives in …

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by Don Resnikoff

JURIST Guest Columnist Don Resnikoff of Counsel to Rubin PLLC discusses the need for injunctive relief in the ATM anti-trust case ... JURIST previously reported that the US Supreme Court published an order stating that it would no longer hear the appeal in two antitrust suits by ATM operators and consumers against Visa, MasterCard and several banks concerning ATM fees. …

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by Jody Lehrer

JURIST Guest Columnist Jody H. Lehrer, of Northeastern Institute of Cannabis , discusses the national movement towards the legalization of cannabis...With increasing frequency states are enacting laws, either through legislators or through voter initiatives, that are chipping away at long standing prohibitionary policies against cannabis possession that still exist undisturbed at the federal level. While the most significant change …

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by Anne Herzberg

JURIST Guest Columnist Anne Herzberg of NGO Monitor reviews the recent article, "Unsettled: A Global Study of Settlements in Occupied Territory"...Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention is the most cited legal provision invoked by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the UN and quasi-judicial bodies to declare illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The language of the article, which states that …

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by Tom Rodgers

JURIST Guest Columnist Tom Rodgers, a Washington, DC-based lawyer engaged in Native American economic and social empowerment advocacy, discusses the equal access challenges faced by Native American voters in the West in light of the resurgent voting rights movement in the US ... There is at this moment a resurgent and essential voting rights movement in the US aimed at …

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