The State of New York has made it share of bad penal policy choices. Remember the “Rockefeller Drug Laws” — mandatory life sentences for persons arrested with large quantities of dangerous drugs, which helped set the nation on the path toward indiscriminate use of incarceration?
But the Empire State has also … More >
By Gérard Roland and Yuriy Gorodnichenko*
Feb. 27, 2014: Ukraine’s ‘February Revolution’ is threatened by the nation’s dire economic straits. The column discusses short- and long-term changes that are necessary to get the nation through this crisis and back on the track to stability.
Although it is only a few days after … More >
At Boalt Hall last week, I had the opportunity to interview Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nation’s Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law organized the event, which was co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Law Clinic, … More >
Snow blanketed the Tennessee hills surrounding Chattanooga last week as workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant began voting on whether the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) should represent them.
The stakes were high. A union victory would pave the way for a German-style Works Council elected by all employees for the first … More >
To considerable embarrassment, no doubt, in the Brown-Beard administration, admissions to California’s newest prison near Stockton California were halted Feb. 5 by the court-appointed healthcare receiver, law professor Clark Kelso.
The prison, the first new facility in a decade, is the lynch-pin of the administration’s frequent claim to have gotten on … More >
Forensic experts from around the world met in El Salvador last week to support the state’s first tentative steps toward investigating what is considered among the most heinous atrocities in Latin American history—the massacre of El Mozote.
By inviting the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law and … More >
By Miranda Everitt and Philip Rocco — Read enough political journalism and you will likely be persuaded of a simple truth: public policy exists to serve economic ends. We grant tax deductions to encourage home ownership; we extend unemployment insurance to support consumer spending during a crisis. But there is more to … More >
The short answer is a resounding No. Some domestic initiatives obviously do require Congressional approval because they are clearly outside the authority conferred by existing law. But Congress has given the executive branch broad discretion to regulate in many areas, and the executive branch can use that authority for major policy … More >
Squeezed between European super powers, Ukraine is no stranger to tensions, but it has been a remarkably peaceful country in the modern history. The recent waves of protests and government-sponsored violence moved Ukraine to the brink of a civil war with far-reaching consequences for Europe as well as Russia and … More >