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Proponents of fair congressional maps breathed a sigh of relief this past June when the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Allen v. Milligan. The decision was in many ways unremarkable: a conventional application of the Court’s precedents involving Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Enacted to protect the voting rights of [...]

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In November of 1985, legendary liberal Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. declared, “the fatal constitutional infirmity of capital punishment is that it treats members of the human race as non-humans, as objects to be toyed with and discarded.” With Alabama primed to gas condemned prisoners to death with nitrogen — and with other [...]

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Nearly two decades ago, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment in Suchita Srivastava & Anr vs Chandigarh Administration. The judgment stayed the orders of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, which had ruled that a ‘mentally retarded woman‘ who was raped while residing in a government-run welfare institution in Chandigarh should undergo a [...]

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The “Texas Lawyer’s Creed” was promulgated by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on November 7, 1989. Established to eliminate abusive tactics within the practice of law, it was thought to be a seminal moment in the legal profession; the culmination of months of hard work and spirited debate [...]

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President Joe Biden has repeatedly characterized the state of world affairs as a battle between democracies and autocracies, with America leading the coalition championing the democratic cause. According to the United States, this coalition aims to show the world that government of the people, by the people and for the people is the best model, [...]

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Earlier this month, a former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, released a legal opinion claiming that genocide is under way against ethnic Armenians in the Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Such serious allegations should not be made lightly and require careful scrutiny. In light of this opinion, the Government of Azerbaijan [...]

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The darkest epoch for women in Afghanistan transpired during the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001. This era saw the deprivation of women’s fundamental human rights, as Islamic extremism and ethnocentrism supplanted freedom and democracy. Following the downfall of the Taliban regime and the establishment of an Afghan republic, a prolonged 20-year struggle between the [...]

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As the World Bank advances the WBG Gender Strategy 2024-30 for global development, innovative engagement on gender equality is becoming urgent. At this critical juncture, recent stocktaking reports underscore the Bank’s commitment to gender parity and external collaboration, driving transformative change in closing gender gaps. Building on the important progress made by the World Bank, [...]

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