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Universal jurisdiction to the rescue: a way forward for victims of Franco-era crimes of gender-based violence?

Lucy Geddes 25th January 2019

Between the years of 1960 and 1974, Spanish lawyer and feminist activist Lidia Falcón O’Neill was detained seven times by security police on behalf of the Franco government, because of her protests against the regime. On five of these occasions, she alleges that she was brutally tortured, including being hung from a hook in the […]

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Justice Kennedy’s Justice for Juveniles: Roper’s Reach

Esther Hong 26th November 2018

In the field of juvenile justice, Justice Kennedy is most recognized for his Eighth Amendment sentencing decisions.  Principally, in 2005, he authored the opinion Roper v. Simmons, which abolished the death penalty for juveniles who committed offenses when they were “older than 15 but younger than 18” years old.  At first blush, Roper appears to […]

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