Politics & Law

Stephen Menendian Obergefell v. Hodges: A Dead-End for LGBT Civil Rights?   

On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court heard historic oral argument in a set of consolidated cases styled Obergefell v. Hodges involving state-level same-sex marriage bans.[1]  The parties challenging these laws argue that the same-sex marriage bans are discriminatory by targeting gay people, and are an unconstitutional burden on a fundamental … More >

Dan Farber The UnBushes and the environment

My post last week discussed Jeb Bush’s environmental record. At this point, there’s something of a free-for-all among candidates hoping to emerge as the Bush alternative – the UnBushes. Five of the remaining candidates announced or likely candidates have served in Congress, so they have scores from the League of Conservation Voters. … More >

Jonathan Simon Capital punishment’s loyal officer

It was a zinger worthy of a Presidential debate (and almost certainly just as planned). Justice Samuel Alito, confronted Federal Public Defender Robin Conrad in the midst of her oral argument on April 29 in Glossip v. Gross, a case challenging Oklahoma’s lethal injection execution procedure.

Yes. I mean, let’s be honest about … More >

Bruce Newsome Unaccountable Britain

The general election campaigns of 2015 offer practically no hope of increased official or criminal accountability. The 2000s were the most scandal-ridden decade in British politics.

Politicians sold their favors and claimed false expenses, politicians and their lackeys lied over war in Iraq, police and other officials sold private information, and lazy … More >

Gérard Roland Ukraine’s mobilized civil society

Friday April 24, I am excited and curious to set foot in the Maidan, or Independence Square in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, a square that has played such a big role in the February 2014 revolution that ousted corrupt Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The first thing I see when entering … More >

Dan Farber Culture wars at the Supreme Court (and what they mean for environmental law)

Views on environmental issues are related to broader culture differences. According to social scientists, environmentalists tend to be egalitarian, believe in harmony with nature, and stress responsibility over autonomy. Their opponents, who are skeptical about regulation, tend to favor traditional hierarchies, believe in human mastery of nature, and stress autonomy over responsibility.

Jon … More >

Thomas Mann Polarization, policymaking, & public service: A review of Barney Frank’s memoir

It is not obvious that the memoir of a recently-retired, sixteen-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives is a promising candidate for a book review on government reform.  Vivid narrative, compelling personal stories, passionate advocacy, and lacerating wit may make for a great read.  And Barney Frank’s Frank: A … More >

Stephen Menendian A 21st Century Problem: Lessons from the Armenian Genocide

On April 24th, Armenians worldwide will solemnly commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of the first modern genocides, the massacre of more than one million ethnic Armenians in eastern Turkey in 1915.  This occasion is an opportunity to consider not only the legacy of this specific event, but the larger … More >

Bruce Newsome Despite scandals, news media accountability is absent from the British national election

After 15 years of public scandals and inquiries, only 23 journalists and officials have been held criminally accountable for illegally accessing information on hundreds of thousands of Britons.

For decades, British journalists have illegally accessed personal information and paid officials for information, without significant accountability, yet remain essentially self-regulated.

In 2000, a … More >

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