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Legal Actions Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Underscore Grassroots Activism’s Importance

Legal Actions Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Underscore Grassroots Activism’s Importance

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a 303-mile U.S. interstate project currently under construction that would transport fracked natural gas from northern West Virginia through southwest Virginia. The MVP is...
A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?   

A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?  

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster case, has been decided. The questions in dispute: 1. Can a person, exercising religious...
Trump, “Zero Tolerance,” and the Separation of Families

Trump, “Zero Tolerance,” and the Separation of Families

On June 20, in the wake of public outcry, President Donald Trump issued an executive order intended to end the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Two months prior,...
Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the Future of Women’s Reproductive Rights

Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the Future of Women’s Reproductive Rights

President Trump recently named Justice Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. Although the nomination awaits confirmation from the Senate, an analysis of Justice Kavanaugh’s record suggests that he could...
Are Christian bakers part of the wedding cakes they make; and what follows if they are?

Are Christian bakers part of the wedding cakes they make; and what follows if they are?

Is making a cake for a gay wedding the same as making a cake with an anti-gay message? This equivalence was drawn by conservative judge, Justice Gorsuch, in the US...
Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

Masterpiece Cakeshop and Discriminatory Intent

On July 19, 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Colorado, asking the owner, Jack Phillips, to design and create a cake for their upcoming wedding....
Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Cakes and the Conscience Wars

Last week, the U.K. Supreme Court heard argument in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company. The case involves a baker whose Christian beliefs led him to refuse to bake a cake...
Recent Trends in Climate Change Litigation: Colombia’s Amazon and Juliana v U.S   

Recent Trends in Climate Change Litigation: Colombia’s Amazon and Juliana v U.S   

On April 4, 2018, the Colombian Supreme Court handed down an important ruling (Tutela, a rights-based injunction) on climate change. The plaintiffs in the case are twenty-five children who argued...
U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

John H. Knox, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, recently issued a final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report, which contains 16 Framework...
The Hidden Cost of the Death Penalty in India

The Hidden Cost of the Death Penalty in India

The death penalty needs to have significant social benefits, not attainable with the next most severe form of punishment, life imprisonment, for it to be justified. Existing arguments already show...
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:  The Promise and Reality of U.S. Tax Reform

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing:  The Promise and Reality of U.S. Tax Reform

The U.S. tax reform law is dangerous for poor and lower middle-class families. Superficially, this legislation may seem to benefit low income workers – that is exactly why it is...
President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: A Legal Analysis

President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: A Legal Analysis

In a proclamation signed on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, departing from the policy of successive US administrations which recognized the status of Jerusalem...

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