October 2014
13 hours ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam, of the Singapore Management University, proposes a solution to the underlying issues which caused the ongoing protests in Hong Kong ... Nearly three weeks after they began, Hong Kong's student-led protests show little signs of abating. Parts of the central business district remain paralyzed. Skirmishes …

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October 2014
2 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for those infected or suspected of being infected …

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October 2014
4 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military operation known as Operation Octopus, an …

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October 2014
6 days ago

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law …

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6 days ago

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University (UNIBE), discusses Baskin v. Bogan and argues that the opinion presents an alternative approach to the equal protection standard of review for discriminatory acts...The right to equality or the right to equal protection of the laws is essential in a democratic society. …

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October 2014
9 Oct 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, the country witnessed a huge wave of political polarization. …

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September 2014
30 Sep 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests [PDF] that this reputation is not completely justified. This research suggests that …

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25 Sep 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to what they …

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20 Sep 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Leonore Carpenter of Temple University Beasley School of Law discusses the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's opinion in two same-sex marriage cases and where the LGBT legal rights movement should be heading in the wake of marriage equality ... Earlier this month, the US …

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16 Sep 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University of Birmingham Law School compares and contrasts executive powers under the transitional constitutions of South Sudan and Somalia ...The veto power of the executive over legislation creates certain political and legal tensions in newly independent states or states which are sometimes labelled …

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