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by Julia Selman Ayetey

JURIST Guest Columnist Julia Selman Ayetey of McGill University discusses the UK Space Industry Bill... The global space market was valued at $329 billion in 2016 and private sub-orbital flights and launches of small satellites alone are anticipated to be worth £25 billion pounds over the next 20 years. It is therefore unsurprising that the UK seeks to become a …

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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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by Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier of City University of New York School of Law discusses diminished capacity standards in recent capital punishment cases... The United States Supreme Court in Dunn v. Madison recently considered whether or not a death row prisoner is competent to be executed if due to mental incapacity the prisoner cannot remember the crime. …

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by Gary Reynolds

JURIST Guest Columnist Gary Reynolds of the Valparaiso University Law School discusses the shooting in Sutherland Springs and its potential legacy in the landscape of gun control...A common criticism about the gun debate in America is the lack of change after a tragedy. The knee-jerk reactions to pursue legislative action immediately happen, which then incurs the wrath of pro-gun advocates …

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by Corinne Maupin

JURIST Guest Columnist Corinne Maupin of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses advances in facial recognition technology and the corresponding ripeness for matching regulations ... A recent article in the ABA Journal noted that law enforcement agencies have proposed the use of facial recognition software within departments to aid in the capture of criminals. This software obtains photographs and …

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by Michael Krauss

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Krauss of the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School discusses the "crime fraud exception" to attorney-client privilege and how it applies to the recent situation with Paul Manafort and Robert Mueller...The attorney-client privilege is a common law privilege against testifying about the content of confidential communications between clients and their attorneys, made for the purpose …

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by Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile

JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile of the University of Arkansas School of Law discusses answers to questions about Arkansas' new right of publicity legislation ... The right of publicity is the right to control the commercial use of one's identity. Over the years, a growing number of celebrities, athletes and sports personalities have brought lawsuits to enforce their …

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by David A. Harris

In one of my favorite scenes from The Wire, the great HBO television series about crime, cops, and life in Baltimore, detectives Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty sit in an interrogation room across the table from a young African American man they call Cheese. The detectives suspect Cheese in one of several recent murders, and for good reason: they have …

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by Ricardo Arredondo

JURIST Guest Columnist Ricardo Arredondo of the University of Buenos Aires School of Law discusses the aftermath of recent violence against Argentine diplomatic facilities in Chile... On the night of October 23, both the residence of the Argentine Embassy and the Consulate General in Santiago de Chile were exposed to a violent situation, when a group of people protesting …

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by David Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent harmful developments regarding the restriction of chemical weapons in international law...The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should not ignore or walk away from the alleged use of any prohibited weapon, such as chemicals, as it signals it is permissible to violate the Chemical Weapons Convention …

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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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by Pacifique Manirakiza

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa discusses the effectiveness of Burundi's withdrawal from ICC...On October 27th, 2017 Burundi became the first State Party to withdraw from the Rome Treaty creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), in accordance with the provisions of Article 127. It is worth recalling that prior to Burundi's withdrawal notice, the Office of …

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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 Susan Farooqi

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Farooqi of St. John's University School of Law discusses the regression in womens' rights in Afghanistan in recent decades... When we think of women in Afghanistan, we often assume that they are oppressed, and recall images of women in burqas and stories of women being brutalized. Although there is a lot of truth to these …

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by Christina Pesavento

JURIST Guest Columnists Christina Pesavento and Ashley Baker, of the Committee for Justice: Thanks to a sex trafficking bill, the Internet's days as the bullhorn of democracy may be limited... In Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union (1997), Justice John Paul Stevens extolled the virtues of the Internet as a medium for speech. In this "vast democratic forum," he wrote, …

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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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by Marjorie Cohn

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Jonathan Moore, adjunct faculty at City University of New York School of Law, discuss recent efforts to silence environmental groups through litigation...In an audacious attempt to silence Greenpeace's constitutionally protected criticism of what the environmental protection group calls "Resolute Forest Destroyer," the logging company, Resolute Forest …

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by Mohamed Arafa

JURIST Guest Columnist, Mohamed Arafa, of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses the accomplishments and contributions of the late Mohamoud Cherif Bassiouni and his deep impact on international criminal law and justice...Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, a distinguished well-known Egyptian-American jurist and law professor was broadly viewed as a godfather of modern international law and criminal justice, passed away on September 25, …

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by Leigha A. Weiss

JURIST Guest Columnist Leigha A. Weiss, a 3L at St. John's School of Law, discusses new technology that could help with pretrial release of the indigent defendant ... Johnathon Sacks, a renowned British Rabbi, philosopher and scholar, said: "technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power." Electronic monitoring and supervisory programs, …

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by David M. Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses the repercussions of certain UN member states' use of force on a fellow member state...Within the United Nations paradigm, state-parties settle their disputes peacefully and only resort to the use of force as a last measure. Several weeks ago four state-parties skipped the first step and …

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by Perfecto Caparas

JURIST Guest Columnist Perfecto Caparas of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face prosecution under international law... In the face of charges of ordering and condoning the murder of thousands of civilians by the Philippine National Police, President Rodrigo Duterte boasts that he is immune from suit. A former prosecutor …

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by L. Ali Khan

JURIST Guest Columnist L. Ali Khan of the Washburn University School of Law discusses the battle over public education funding in Kansas... Since 2010, Kansas has been litigating the funding of K-12 public education. The Kansas Supreme Court has rendered four decisions repeatedly instructing the state legislature to provide adequate and equitable funding for Kansas public schools. In its latest …

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by Robert Delahunty

JURIST Guest Columnists John Radsan of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Robert Delahunty of the University of St. Thomas School of Law discuss how President Trump can use the recent devastating hurricanes to make a national security argument to fight climate change... The hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, like the missiles of October 1962 and the hijacked airplanes …

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by Louis Rene Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, critically analyzes Trump's "America First" foreign policy... Instead of exchanging corrosive epithets with Kim Jung Un, President Trump should focus on creating a better understanding of the North Korean dictator's personal pattern of crisis decision. This would best be accomplished by more express thinking along the traditional medical science orientations of …

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by Andrew Wright

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Wright of the Savannah Law School discusses President Trump's newly revised travel ban...On September 24th, President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation revising the entry suspensions and restrictions outlined in Executive Order 13780, issued March 6, 2017. The March 6 E.O. replaced the original chaos-inducing travel ban instituted by Executive Order 13769 on January 27, 2017. …

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by Glenn Smith

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the legal issues surrounding DACA... In explaining why President Trump was rescinding his predecessor's DACA ("Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals") program — which provided two-year renewable protection from deportation, and rights to work and access limited social services, to 800,000-plus undocumented "dreamers" brought to America as …

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by Loreal Lingdad

JURIST Guest Columnist Loreal Lingad of the St. John's University School of Law discusses the connection between disciplinary actions in schools and incarceration... Out of all of my cousins in the tri-state area, I am the only one who has never been arrested. And as a Filipino-American, I have a lot of cousins. Growing up, my parents were fully invested …

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by Victoria Drake

JURIST Guest Columnist Victoria Drake of the St. John's University School of Law discusses Fourth Amendment rights amidst advancements in cloud technology...I am a millennial, and technology is a major part of my life. When I discovered "the cloud," it completely changed the way I store my electronic data. The pictures I took from my European vacation, my tax returns, …

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by Julie R. Colton

JURIST Guest Columnist Julie R. Colton of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses how the newfound legalization of same-sex marriage can raise more questions than it answers, particularly with respect to common law marriage... Even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional back in 2015, important issues surrounding same-sex marriage …

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by Samantha Chasworth

JURIST Guest Columnist Samantha Chasworth of the St. John's University School of Law discusses the harsh punishments inflicted upon immigrants in detention facilities... In Pineda Cruz v. Thompson, the women of Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas protested the awful treatment they experienced during their stay. Approximately eighty mothers circulated a petition and announced a hunger strike during Holy …

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by Pacifique Manirakiza

JURIST Guest Columnist Professor Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa discusses the complexities behind investigations into the atrocities in Burundi and the need for a special tribunal to prosecute the crimes ... In April 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary examination focusing on the third term related atrocities in Burundi following President Pierre …

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by Sedef Asli Topal

JURIST Guest Columnist Sedef Asli Topal of the University of Szeged discusses the EU's institutional framework using two popular approaches...The transformation of the European Union into "an ever closer union" in terms of political space is a topic of which has been widely discussed for the last three or four decades in the discipline of International Relations, but there are …

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by Shannon Riordan

JURIST Guest Columnist Shannon Riordan of St. John's University, discusses domestic violence in the NFL ... On February 15, 2014, Ray Rice, a top National Football League (NFL) player for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested on assault charges, after he engaged in a physical altercation inside an elevator with his now-wife, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of Purdue University, critically analyzes Trump's "America First" foreign policy... "The existence of `system' in the world is at once obvious to every observer of nature....Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all the others." — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man The cumulative jurisprudential assets and liabilities of U.S. …

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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 Sarah Silverhardt

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Silverhardt of St. John's University discusses the implications of continued ignorance of serial rapists on college campuses... Unlike your Sunday marathon of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this heinous crime was real. Two Virginia students both abducted and murdered, and both body remains were found five miles apart on a rural farm. Coincidence? Definitely not. …

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by Jessica George

JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica George of St. John's University discusses the need for a cause of action to remedy fraudulent voting processes ... Equal opportunity initiatives will always remain a hotly contested issue that incites passionate political action - so much so that it even inspires wealthy businessmen to lead a political crusade against affirmative action policies. People decide their …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis Rene Beres of Purdue University discusses President Trump's potentially problematic access to and control over America's nuclear arsenal, an issue relatively unaddressed amidst the constant discussion of Trump-related scandal... Strictly speaking, insanity is not a proper medical or psychiatric term, but rather a more-or-less acceptable legal description. Nonetheless, as a convenient shorthand for exploring mental illness …

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by Md Tabish Eqbal

JURIST Guest Columnist Md Tabish Eqbal of South Asia University discusses why India should reconsider its initial objections to ratifying the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions... Like many other branches of international law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) grew exponentially after World War II, with a view toward expanding the scope of the protection of the victims of armed …

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by Louis René Beres

JURIST Guest Columnist Louis René Beres of the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts discusses President Donald Trump's recent antics and how they will affect the potential for nuclear action...Increasingly, Donald Trump is showing palpable signs of debility. Most worrisome, in this sobering display, is the president's conspicuously proud disregard for science, history, diplomacy, intelligence, and jurisprudence. Less easily documented, …

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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 David Crane

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses how President Trump is using the conflict with North Korea to divert attention from his own shortcomings...Tyrants need a war. Looking back over the past hundred years one finds that tyrants come to power in conflict and remains in power largely due to conflict. It centers …

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by Sarah A. Noe

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge, Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University and Sarah A. Noe of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discuss the recent national call for a Presidential state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic gripping the nation...On July 31, 2017 President Donald J. Trump's White House Commission on …

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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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