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Executive Orders and the Supreme Court
October 18, 2014
Executive orders, like other rules issued by the federal government, are subject to judicial review. A significant example of the Supreme Court striking down a president's executive order came about in 1952. In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, the court held struck down Executive Order 103....... [more]

34 Morsi supporters convicted and fined in Egypt court
June 1, 2014
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 34 supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi each to two years in prison and a USD $1,600 fine for their alleged participation in violence during celebrations of the three-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. The defendants were convicted for viol....... [more]

Georgia's Concealed Carry Expansion: A Victory for Individual Rights
April 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Thomas Warns, New York University School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act and the balance it strikes between rights to private property and self-defense...Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law a bill which expanded the rights....... [more]

Brandt v. United States: Will Property Law Doom Rail Trails?
April 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Brian T. Hodges of the Pacific Legal Foundation discusses the US Supreme Court's troubling decision in Brandt v. US... On March 10, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in the quiet title case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. US (PDF). In an 8-1 decision, the co....... [more]

Egypt prosecutors refer 220 Morsi supporters to criminal court
April 13, 2014
Egyptian prosecution authorities referred 220 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi to criminal court over the weekend for their involvement in protests in downtown Cairo on the January 25 anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution earlier this year. The 220 Morsi supporters face a number....... [more]

Supreme Court rules right of way abandoned by railroads reverts to private property
March 10, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States that a right of way granted under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 is an easement which can be terminated by the railroad's abandonment, leaving the underlying land unburdened. The majority opinio....... [more]

Some Real Effects of Eminent Domain in New York City
September 24, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel Chiaravalloti, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of the second article in a 10-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Chiaravalloti discusses the negative consequences of the government ex....... [more]

Venezuela president said constitutional reforms would protect private property rights
July 22, 2013
On July 22, 2007, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that constitutional reforms would include private property rights. The proposed reforms would have allowed Chavez to stand indefinitely for reelection, handpick local leaders under a new political map, create new types of communal property....... [more]

Fracking Litigation
July 20, 2013
Shale gas deposits have been identified across the US and drilling efforts had begun as early as the 1940s. As natural gas extraction intensified in the early twenty-first century and environmental concerns gained publicity, some landowners filed lawsuits, particularly in the northeast Marcellus Sha....... [more]

Proposal to evict Justice Souter in retaliation for eminent domain ruling was rejected
February 4, 2013
On February 4, 2006, residents of Weare, New Hampshire, voted down a proposal to evict US Supreme Court Justice David Souter from his farmhouse in that town, and instead called for the state legislature to strengthen laws regarding eminent domain. The vote was 94-59 against eviction. California resi....... [more]

Virginia amends constitution to restrict eminent domain
November 7, 2012
Virginia voters passed Question 1 on Tuesday by 76 percent, amending the state Constitution to include prohibitions on the State utilizing eminent domain to seize private property. Question 1 amends Article 1, Section 11 of the state Constitution to "require that eminent domain only be exercised wh....... [more]


    Kelo v. New London [US SC]

    The Kelo Decision [US Senate Jud. Comm.]

    Eminent Domain [NLC]

    Eminent Domain [Cato Institute]

    Eminent Domain [Reason Foundation]

    Private Property Rights [Inst. for Justice]

    Coalition for Redevelopment Reform

    Castle Coalition

    Eminent Domain [Wikipedia]

    Kelo v. New London [Wikipedia]