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Judge Neil Gorsuch: A Reply to Nicholas Bamforth

Judge Neil Gorsuch: A Reply to Nicholas Bamforth

At the start of March, Nick Bamforth wrote a blog post for this site examining Judge Neil Gorsuch’s ‘Academic Pedigree’. With the hearings on Gorsuch underway, I thought it might...
Midazolam and the Lethal Injection – ‘In re: Ohio Execution Protocol Litigation’

Midazolam and the Lethal Injection – ‘In re: Ohio Execution Protocol Litigation’

On January 26 2017, a federal court in Ohio ruled that its current execution method is unconstitutional. This was on the basis that the use of the first drug in...
What the Trump Presidency Means For Gender Discourse Development

What the Trump Presidency Means For Gender Discourse Development

The Trump Administration’s gender-related policies have been characterized by some as a “war against women.” An analysis of these policies—as set within the broader socio-political context of President Trump’s campaign...
Judge Gorsuch’s Academic Pedigree

Judge Gorsuch’s Academic Pedigree

In articles published on 4th February 2017, the Times and Guardian newspapers drew attention to the intellectual influence of Oxford legal theorist John Finnis on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge...
Norms and Conventions Meet Donald Trump

Norms and Conventions Meet Donald Trump

I previously promised evidence that Donald Trump disrespected norms designed to discipline presidential candidates and has since flouted constitutional conventions designed to keep partisanship within reasonable bounds, ensure governmental competence...
The U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Conventions, and President Trump

The U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Conventions, and President Trump

What is most concerning about the conduct of Donald Trump during and since the 2016 presidential campaign is not any potential violations of the U.S. Constitution. Most concerning are his...
Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

Kiobel v. Cravath: An Example of How a Little-Known U.S. Law can be Used as a Pre-Litigation Tool Overseas

When Esther Kiobel—who believes Shell collaborated with Nigerian authorities to commit gross human rights abuses, including the murder of her husband—could not find justice by suing Shell in U.S courts,...
Environmental Human Rights in the Trump Era: Modes of Resistance and Reform

Environmental Human Rights in the Trump Era: Modes of Resistance and Reform

The ecological ramifications of the Trump administration may well prove catastrophic. Climate change denial and problematic fossil fuel positions featured prominently in the President’s campaign; post-election, far-right nominations and policy...
Donald Trump is President: What are the Implications for the Death Penalty?

Donald Trump is President: What are the Implications for the Death Penalty?

Prior to the election of Donald Trump, death penalty abolitionists were quietly confident that capital punishment was nearing its inevitable end in the United States. The number of executions has...
Foreign Legal Assistance applications: a strategy to advance accountability for transnational human rights abuses

Foreign Legal Assistance applications: a strategy to advance accountability for transnational human rights abuses

In 2014, 40 million liters of toxic mining waste spilled from the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers, contaminating the water source of over 25,000...
Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Food deserts constitute a public health phenomenon in which communities lack sufficient access to nutritious whole foods. The U.S. Appalachian region currently faces a food desert crisis of problematic proportions:...
US Sanctions on North Korean Human Rights Violators: Exploring the Impact

US Sanctions on North Korean Human Rights Violators: Exploring the Impact

On July 6, the US State Department released its report on North Korean human rights violations pursuant to its requirements under the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of...

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