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December 2017

JURIST Guest Columnists Shaunee Morgan and John Peng of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South discuss the need to recognize the growing violations surrounding detained immigrants on Human Rights Day...Institutions and governments across the world will celebrate the 70th Human Rights Day on December 10, commemorating the day in 1948 when the United …

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by Jeff Shafer

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeff Shafer of Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses expression's reliance on context in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop ... Two perpendicular lines: a cross. A church architectural committee asks a sculptor to design one for placement atop the steeple over its new sanctuary. Delighted, he agrees. The KKK admires the craftsmanship provided the church and asks the sculptor for …

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November 2017
by Sean M. Cleary

JURIST Guest Columnist Sean M. Cleary of the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary discusses the difficulty in establishing liability for driverless cars. . . Driverless cars are one of the most controversial topics that never ceases to raise doubts and concerns. While many of us hope that this is the answer to a less stressful and more responsible driving …

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October 2017
by Sedef Asli Topal

JURIST Guest Columnist Sedef Asli Topal of The University of Szeged, Hungary discusses the affairs of the European Union ... The European Union surely cannot be simply identified as an international organization. It holds both particular confederative and federal characteristics within its institutional structure. Generally, it is described as an ‘unprecedented supranational organization’ which is neither a complete federation, nor …

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by Azadeh Shahshahani

JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South discusses a case of discrimination in access to public utilities ... It’s hard to believe that in the twenty-first century there are still households that face the risk of going without electricity or running water because of who they are and where they come from. But in Georgia, that’s still the case. …

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August 2017
by Benson Varghese

JURIST Guest Columnist Attorney Benson Varghese of Varghese Summersett, discusses Texas' new cyberbullying law ... Back in the day, a schoolyard bully was a student’s worst nightmare. Now, it’s cyberbullies that teens fear the most. Not only can cyberbullies remain anonymous, but they can strike at all hours of the day and night. With just a few keystrokes, they …

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by Colin Whitlow

JURIST Guest Columnist Colin Whitlow, Head of Content at CrowdJustice, discusses the legal battle between “sanctuary cities” and the federal government and how one directly related issue has received notably less attention: whether sanctuary cities may incur civil liabilities in the event that an undocumented immigrant commits a crime... The legal and political conversation around the treatment of so called …

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by Royal Oakes

JURIST Guest Columnist Royal Oakes discusses the newest chapter in O.J. Simpson's legal drama, and what it portends for the future... In a word association game you might not connect O.J. Simpson with the legendary group The Grateful Dead, but the group's signature lyric, "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been" seems an apt description of the fallen star's life …

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July 2017
by Dhruv Sharma

JURIST Guest Columnist Dhruv Sharma of National Law University, Delhi discusses the tense relationship between India and Pakistan magnified due to recent events ... On May 8 2017, the President of the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”), exercising his powers under Rule of the Court 74(4), forwarded a request to the government of Pakistan to “act in such a way …

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June 2017
by Roy Lee

JURIST Guest Columnist Roy Lee discusses the applications of principles from the Star Wars film series to contemporary issues in international relations... In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Jedi and the Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Sith and the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on "tyranny, xenophobic hatred of non-humans, power projection through brutal and lethal force, and …

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by JURIST Contributor

JURIST Guest Columnist Eugene Lee of MBK Sports Management discusses whether NCAA student-athletes should be paid ... With the proliferation of billion-dollar television contracts and customized branding opportunities in the age of social media, college athletes are receiving more media exposure and generating more revenues for their programs than ever before. However, a dichotomy does exist. While these student-athletes generate …

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May 2017
by Jay Austin

JURIST Guest Columnist Jay Austin of the Environmental Law Institute discusses President Trump's recent executive order concerning offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf ... Even before this week's dramatic events, the topic of "presidential power" had already been trending. There's now an entire law school course devoted to the Trump Administration's first 100 days; the Washington Post produced a …

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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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