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Cyprus v Turkey: Arming the European Court against States’ Complacency?

Claire Overman 23rd May 2014

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) recently handed down judgment in Cyprus v Turkey. This case, the first to award damages to an applicant government in an inter-State case, may mark a development towards the ECtHR’s more extensive use of damages as a punitive device against States.  This judgment represents the culmination of over […]

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Contributions Caps and the First Amendment

Matthew Tyler and Claire Overman 5th May 2014

On April 2nd, the United States Supreme Court struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits in federal elections in their ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. For an overview of the judgment, see Alicia Johns’ comment on the case. While it will likely be years before the ramifications of McCutcheon are fully understood, the media’s […]

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McCutcheon v FEC: The Harvest of Pernicious Seeds

Alecia Johns 20th April 2014

The US Supreme Court very recently handed down its decision in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, undoubtedly the most important campaign finance ruling since its controversial 2010 judgment in Citizens United. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled to abolish aggregate contribution limits which restricted how much an individual donor may contribute in total to […]

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Why the U.S. Needs a Magnitsky Act for Venezuela

Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger 29th March 2014

It has been a month since the Venezuelan people took to the streets to protest against the precarious situation in which the country is currently living. According to the UN Human Development Index, the murder rate in the country is the fifth highest in the world; annual inflation rates are currently over 50 percent. Furthermore, […]

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