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Schuette v BAMN: a Need to Rethink Equal Protection

Schuette v BAMN: a Need to Rethink Equal Protection

Editor’s note: this post follows on from Christina Lee’s analysis of the decision in Schuette v Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. While allowing Michigan to ban affirmative action, the Schuette...
Schuette: The Latest in the Affirmative Action Saga

Schuette: The Latest in the Affirmative Action Saga

On April 22, 2014, in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court of the United States held that Michigan’s amendment to the State constitution, prohibiting the use...
Contributions Caps and the First Amendment

Contributions Caps and the First Amendment

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 Business of Traffic in Humans

The Business of Traffic in Humans

Human trafficking is a complex phenomenon touching upon different legal and policy frameworks. Being first and foremost a very serious crime, its relationship with human rights law is not as...
¿“Derecho” a ignorar el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos?

¿“Derecho” a ignorar el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos?

El 9 de abril, un ciudadano mexicano, Ramiro Hernández-Llanas, fue ejecutado mediante la pena de muerte en Texas. Fue procesado y declarado culpable por distintos delitos, incluyendo el asesinato de...
The “Right” to Ignore International Human Rights?

The “Right” to Ignore International Human Rights?

On April 9th, a Mexican citizen, Ramiro Hernández-Llanas, was executed via the death penalty in Texas. He was prosecuted and found guilty for several crimes, including the murder of his...
McCutcheon v FEC: The Harvest of Pernicious Seeds

McCutcheon v FEC: The Harvest of Pernicious Seeds

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...
Lessons from Daimler

Lessons from Daimler

On January 14, 2014, as one of the first decisions of the new year, the United States Supreme Court held that Daimler AG (“Daimler”) could not be sued in federal...
Drones, Armed Conflict and Lawful Killing: Is the US at war?

Drones, Armed Conflict and Lawful Killing: Is the US at war?

On 12 November, Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, addressed the use of drones at a seminar hosted by the Oxford Martin Programme on Human...
Unpaid Interns in the New York Courts: Time to Start Spreading the News?

Unpaid Interns in the New York Courts: Time to Start Spreading the News?

Seen most cynically, employers deploy the label “intern” to give the impression that worker protection laws do not apply to people who look very much like workers, relying on financial...
Guantanamo Military Commissions: Reflections from a Legal Observer – Part 3

Guantanamo Military Commissions: Reflections from a Legal Observer – Part 3

Editor’s note: This is the third and final post of a multi-part blog. To view earlier posts on this subject, please view Part I and Part II. In my last...
Guantanamo Military Commissions: Reflections from a Legal Observer – Part 2

Guantanamo Military Commissions: Reflections from a Legal Observer – Part 2

There is perhaps no more controversial space in the world than the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For many, Guantanamo represents the very worst of the American prosecution...

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