May 13, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Five same-sex couples on Monday challenged Alaska's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Alaska, contends that the amendment, added to the Alaska Constitution in 1998, violates their due process and equal protection ...[read more]
March 26, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Avigail Goldglancz, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2014, is the author of the eighth article in a 10-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Goldglancz discusses the current institutional barriers facing women ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday struck down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In 2006, Virginia voters ratified an amendment (Article I section 15-A) to the Virginia Constitution, which deemed marriage as a union only between a ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
In response to the escalating civil unrest in the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned from office Tuesday as parliament repealed harsh anti-protest laws passed earlier this month. "For the sake of a peaceful settlement of the conflict, I took my personal decision to ask the ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Wednesday that children of married couples in Italy must be allowed to carry their mother's surname. The court found that restricting a child's surname to that of its father violated Article 8 (right to respect for private and family) and Article 14 ( ...[read more]
November 11, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Enkelena Gjuka, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of the sixth article in a 10-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Gjuka calls upon the Securities Exchange Commission and Congress to increase ...[read more]
October 25, 2013
by Lauren Laing
A Chinese court on Friday upheld a life sentence for former Communist party leader Bo Xilai. Bo was sentenced to life in prison in September for corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power. The High People's Court of the Province of Shandong rejected Bo's appeal, ruling that the facts of the ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In 1812, the Boston Gazette published an editorial cartoon in response to a redistricting plan signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The cartoon depicted a portion of Essex County in Massachusetts seemingly haphazardly drawn into a district that would benefit Gerry's Democratic- ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Kyle Webster
The War Powers Clause is found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the US Constitution. It reads, "The Congress shall have Power... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." Article II, Section 3 explicitly names the President as ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Sarah Steers
The separation of powers doctrine incorporated into the US Constitution includes the ability to declare and enter war. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the ability to declare war. Article II, Section 2 grants power of the US armed forces to the President as Commander-in- ...[read more]

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