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US Supreme Court Affirms that there is No Right to a Painless Death

US Supreme Court Affirms that there is No Right to a Painless Death

On 1st April, a 5-4 majority of the United States Supreme Court reiterated that while the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, this does not...
When does a person have an intellectual disability? The insights of the US Supreme Court

When does a person have an intellectual disability? The insights of the US Supreme Court

A death sentence against a convict with an intellectual disability (ID) would violate the Eighth Amendment’s proscription of cruel and unusual punishments, because it would serve no penological purpose. In...
The Supreme Court of the United States denies absolute immunity to the International Finance Corporation in human rights case

The Supreme Court of the United States denies absolute immunity to the International Finance Corporation in human rights case

Last February 27th, a 7-1 majority of the United States Supreme Court held in Jam et al. v. International Finance Corp. that the IFC –the branch of the World Bank...
Madison v. Alabama: Chief Justice Roberts “Takes Back Control” of his Court

Madison v. Alabama: Chief Justice Roberts “Takes Back Control” of his Court

Last week, the US Supreme Court spared the life of Vernon Madison, at least temporarily, by remanding his case back to the lower court to decide whether his dementia renders...
Trump’s Invocation of Emergency Powers over Border Wall: Is It Legal?

Trump’s Invocation of Emergency Powers over Border Wall: Is It Legal?

In recent weeks, President Trump has sent signals that he is prepared to declare a national emergency in order to get his long-promised border wall built. On Jan. 4, Trump...
Major Federal Right to Education Lawsuit Filed in the U.S

Major Federal Right to Education Lawsuit Filed in the U.S

Last month, 14 students and parents filed a class action law suit, Cook v. Raimondo, asking the U.S. District Court in the state of Rhode Island to declare that all...
How the Harvard Affirmative Action Case Became a ‘Battle of Economists’

How the Harvard Affirmative Action Case Became a ‘Battle of Economists’

The lawsuit over Harvard College’s affirmative action program has been called a ‘battle of economists.’ The economist for Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), an anti-affirmative-action organization, argues that Harvard’s admissions...
Central American Caravan Migrants’ Right of Asylum Endangered by Trump’s Electoral Strategy

Central American Caravan Migrants’ Right of Asylum Endangered by Trump’s Electoral Strategy

On 13 October, a caravan of approximately 7,000 Central American migrants, including women and unaccompanied minors, departed from San Pedro Sula (Honduras) on its way to the United States. These...
Justice Kennedy’s Justice for Juveniles: Roper’s Reach

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

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...
Justice Kennedy on Healthcare

Justice Kennedy on Healthcare

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who long served as the swing vote on important healthcare-related decisions, retired from the United States Supreme Court on July 31, 2018. The press and pundits alike...
Justice Kennedy’s Gay Rights Legacy

Justice Kennedy’s Gay Rights Legacy

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement left progressives reeling over what the Court’s inevitable rightward shift will mean for civil rights given Kennedy’s swing-vote status on cases implicating social issues. Indeed,...
Justice Kennedy’s Mixed Environmental Legacy Turns Tragic

Justice Kennedy’s Mixed Environmental Legacy Turns Tragic

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a 1988 Reagan appointee, will leave behind a mixed environmental law legacy. Best known to the public as a crucial swing vote on issues regarding...

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