31 Jan 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Craig Etcheson, author of After the Killing Fields: Lessons from the Cambodian Genocide (2005) and a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, says the time has come for the United States to throw its full diplomatic weight behind the new Cambodia-UN [read more]

30 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian J. Foley of Florida Coastal School of Law says that the greatest threat posed by President Bush's domestic surveillance program is not to the privacy of ordinary Americans but rather to the independence of potential political rivals, journalists, and activists who would balance, constrain or oppose [read more]

28 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist David Kairys of Temple University School of Law says that the Senate should fully examine Judge Samuel Alito's views on race and gender discrimination - strangely shaped in the turmoil of the 1960s - before voting on cloture or confirmation... It can be baffling, even disturbing, to [read more]

26 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Herman of Brooklyn Law School says that reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act is up for debate again in Congress just as revelations about the NSA domestic surveillance program remind us why executive power needs to be kept in check... The acronym USA PATRIOT turns out [read more]

23 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist David Kairys of Temple University School of Law says that senators weighing the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court should be wary of endorsing his commitment to legal technicalities over core constitutional values... Judge Samuel Alito is smart, fair, collegial, and independent. He's [read more]

23 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Zipursky of Fordham University School of Law says that the ongoing Vioxx litigation is exposing serious shortcomings in America's products liability system... In August, a jury in Texas arrived at a huge verdict of $253 million against Merck Pharmaceutical Company, reportedly aiming to "send a message" [read more]

20 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Henning of Wayne State University Law School says that while lawmakers in Washington are floating new ethics regulations in the wake of the Abramoff lobbying scandal, they might do better to apply existing laws and work on developing a political culture that puts the burden on [read more]

18 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Geoffrey S. Corn, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.) and former Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters, now a professor at South Texas College of Law, says that US claims of adherence to the "principles" of the Geneva Conventions in the "war [read more]

17 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Vladeck of the University of Miami School of Law says that for all the issues presented at various junctures by the Jose Padilla case, none is more important - nor, at this point, more politically sensitive - than that concerning the extent of Presidential power under [read more]

17 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Shane of Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, says that the confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito were a distressingly hollow ritual that reflected poorly on the nominee, the Senators questioning him, and the current state of the confirmation process... To [read more]

16 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) calls us from complacency and careerism to act against injustice and help the poor and the oppressed, both in this country and abroad... I [read more]

13 Jan 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Richard Davis of Brigham Young University says that at the end of four days of Senate confirmation hearings, Judge Samuel Alito appears to have succeeded in his political task of securing enough swing votes to avoid a filibuster and assure his appointment to the US Supreme [read more]

13 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark Graber of the University of Maryland School of Law says that the Alito hearings have demonstrated yet again that political polarization has impoverished the judicial confirmation process... The fourth day of the Alito hearings highlighted the ongoing and complex role political polarization plays in the contemporary [read more]

12 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Sherrilyn Ifill of the University of Maryland School of Law says that on the third day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito his student membership in a conservative Princeton organization took center stage as emotions ran high and tempers flared... Day 3 may have [read more]

12 Jan 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Wendy J. Keefer, former senior counsel and chief of staff in the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and now with Bancroft Associates in Washington DC, says that Judge Samuel Alito's steadfast performance on the fourth day of his Senate hearings and the testimony [read more]

12 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Gilles of Quinnipiac University School of Law says that after a third day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito seems to be on his way towards confirmation given his performance thusfar, the current balance in the Senate and the fact [read more]

11 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist David Kairys of Temple University School of Law says that Judge Samuel Alito's answers to senators' questions on the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings reflect the views of a jurist who favors the wishes of government, corporations and the powerful over freedom, liberty and [read more]

10 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Wermiel of American University Washington College of Law says that it is important to watch not only the posturing that began yesterday inside the hearing room for Judge Samuel Alito, but also to monitor the spin, polling and strategy that occurs outside... The political ritual that [read more]

10 Jan 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Wendy J. Keefer, former senior counsel and chief of staff in the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and now with Bancroft Associates in Washington DC, says that on the second day of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito senators spent [read more]

10 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Nora Demleitner, former law clerk to Judge Samuel Alito and currently professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law, says that comments by senators on the first day of Judge Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation hearings foreshadow a range of challenges the nominee will face in [read more]

9 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Foley of Florida Coastal School of Law says that while senators are likely to query Judge Samuel Alito this week about his views on executive power, they themselves have dangerously indulged it without setting clear limitations, as recently evidenced by their approval of the "compromise" Graham-Levin [read more]

8 Jan 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Wendy J. Keefer, former senior counsel and chief of staff in the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and now with Bancroft Associates in Washington DC, says that in keeping with their constitutional role of giving advice and consent, senators at the confirmation hearings [read more]

8 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law says that recent national security issues involving controversial exercises of executive power should encourage senators to carefully analyze Judge Samuel Alito's perspectives on executive authority, security and liberty in his upcoming confirmation hearings... Recent actions that overemphasize [read more]

6 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Geoffrey S. Corn, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.) and former Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters, now a professor at South Texas College of Law, says that the McCain Amendment on the treatment of detainees has been largely undermined not only [read more]

6 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Bryan Horrigan of Macquarie University Faculty of Law in Sydney, Australia, says that the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito are a trial not just of the nominee, but of the uniquely-American system of public judicial confirmations of high court judges... As Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation [read more]

5 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Scott Gerber of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law says that the case for higher salaries for federal judges is far less clear than Chief Justice Roberts and others make it out to be... William H. Rehnquist lobbied tirelessly during his two decades aschief justice of [read more]

5 Jan 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Scott Gerber of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law says that the case for higher salaries for federal judges is far less clear than Chief Justice Roberts and others make it out to be...This JURIST op-ed was originally published in January 2006, when Chief Justice Roberts [read more]

3 Jan 2006

JURIST Special Guest Columnist and UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke says that as the British government's proposed Terrorism Bill proceeds through Parliament we should bear in mind that citizens of democracies expect not only the protection of individual rights, but also the protection of core democratic values such as safety [read more]

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