Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday signed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy into law. Senate Bill 300, known as the Heartbeat Protection Act, reduced Florida’s abortion window from 15 weeks down to six weeks into a pregnancy. The law contains exceptions for rape, incest, and human trafficking within 15 weeks [...]
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In Iran, ‘The Revolution Has Become Part of My Everyday Life’ — Interview With a Young Woman Lawyer Turned Activist
On September 16, 2022, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in Tehran, Iran in the custody of the country’s so-called morality police. In the six months since her death, Amini has inspired a mass wave of protests across Iran. Azadeh* is a young female lawyer in Iran. She began her legal studies in 2013, and has since [...]
Interview: Issues, Challenges, and Victories of Canadian Francophonie
In honor of the International Day of Francophonie, JURIST’s Chief Correspondent for Canada, Mélanie Cantin conducted an interview with Professor François Larocque, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in the French common law program, where she is a second-year student. Professor Larocque also holds the position within the university of Research [...]
The January 6th Committee Report: Bearing Witness to an Event That Has Changed Our Lives
On December 22, 2022, the US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol released its 845-page Final Report. The Report described events leading up to, during, and in the aftermath of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. It also set out information about the individuals who were involved [...]
Biden signs Respect for Marriage Act to protect interracial and same-sex marriages at federal level
President Biden Tuesday signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, granting federal protections to interracial and same-sex marriages. The landmark legislation passed the US Senate in November and the House of Representatives last week with strong bipartisan support. President Biden stated, “Today is a good day… a day America takes a vital step towards [...]
US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on affirmative action in college admissions
The US Supreme Court Monday heard oral arguments Monday in two cases challenging the validity of race-conscious affirmative action programs in college admission. Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College challenge the universities’ use of race in admissions programs under both [...]
Explainer: Amid the Rise of Diet-Related Silent Epidemics, What Policy Measures Should the US Take To Regulate Its Food Industry?
On one hand, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designates access to nutritious foods as a social determinant of health — a factor, like economic stability and education, that has a major impact on the US population’s health, well-being, and quality of life. But on the other, free market ideals and resistance [...]
Ukraine Conflict Student Interview Series: 'At 5am I realized Russia had started a full-scale war'
JURIST Deputy Features Editor Jaimee Francis talked with Ukrainian student Mariia Lazareva to get her unique perspective on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Mariia is originally from Kyiv, Ukraine and is still currently living there. This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with JURIST’s Ukraine correspondents, who include law and policy students and young [...]
Ukraine Conflict Student Interview Series: 'I try to believe we will be victorious'
JURIST Deputy Features Editor Jaimee Francis talked with Ukrainian student Kateryna Kyrychenko to get her unique perspective on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kateryna is originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine, and is now based in the Czech Republic. This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with JURIST’s Ukraine correspondents, who include law and policy students [...]
Ukraine Conflict Student Interview Series: 'Feb 24 started a whole new chapter in our history'
JURIST Deputy Features Editor Jamiee Francis talked with Ukrainian student Nastya Moysenko to get her unique perspective on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nastya is originally from Kyiv, Ukraine and is currently living in Moldova. This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with JURIST’s Ukraine correspondents, who include law and policy students and young [...]