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April 2018
by Oday Talal Mahmood

JUIRST Guest Columnist Oday Talal Mahmood of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the potential implications of judicial review in Iraq....In Iraq's Constitution of 2005, more than 67 of the 144 Articles include the language: "shall be regulated by law," referring to the most important laws including the Federation Council Law, and the Oil and Gas Law. Aside …

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March 2018
by Patrick Poon

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Poon, a China researcher at Amnesty International, discusses the tactics used by Chinese authorities to keep lawyers from changing the political and social environment... When Sui Muqing became a lawyer in 1993, he couldn't imagine that 25 years later he would become a "post-lawyer" (lvshihou), a self-deprecating term often used by lawyers in China who have …

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by Moien Odeh

JURIST Guest Columnist Moien Odeh of the Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection provides a critical analysis of recent Israeli legislative efforts to enlarge the city limits of Jerusalem ... Introduction In 2017, two bills were introduced from the Israeli government coalition's members - the Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel (Amendment No. 2) Bill and the Greater Jerusalem Bill …

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February 2018
by Issac Smith

JURIST Guest Columnist Isaac Smith of the University of Cincinnati School of Law discusses the First Amendment implications of actions taken by Ohio University administrators... In 2017, violent student protests made headlines nationwide. The often minimal discipline meted out afterwards inspired legislative efforts in several states to impose mandatory punishments upon students who disrupt campus events. Against this backdrop, …

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January 2018
by Mohit Gupta

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohit Gupta of South Asian University discusses the legacy of the ICTY... International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), an ad hoc international criminal tribunal established by mandate from United Nations Security Council officially came to its end on December 21, 2017. The tribunal was created in response to atrocities committed in former Yugoslavia. Few would …

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December 2017
by Gary Reynolds

JURIST Guest Columnist Gary Reynolds of the Valparaiso University Law School discusses the shooting in Sutherland Springs and its potential legacy in the landscape of gun control...A common criticism about the gun debate in America is the lack of change after a tragedy. The knee-jerk reactions to pursue legislative action immediately happen, which then incurs the wrath of pro-gun advocates …

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November 2017
by Corinne Maupin

JURIST Guest Columnist Corinne Maupin of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses advances in facial recognition technology and the corresponding ripeness for matching regulations ... A recent article in the ABA Journal noted that law enforcement agencies have proposed the use of facial recognition software within departments to aid in the capture of criminals. This software obtains photographs and …

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October 2017
by Susan Farooqi

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Farooqi of St. John's University School of Law discusses the regression in womens' rights in Afghanistan in recent decades... When we think of women in Afghanistan, we often assume that they are oppressed, and recall images of women in burqas and stories of women being brutalized. Although there is a lot of truth to these …

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by Leigha A. Weiss

JURIST Guest Columnist Leigha A. Weiss, a 3L at St. John's School of Law, discusses new technology that could help with pretrial release of the indigent defendant ... Johnathon Sacks, a renowned British Rabbi, philosopher and scholar, said: "technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power." Electronic monitoring and supervisory programs, …

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September 2017
by Loreal Lingdad

JURIST Guest Columnist Loreal Lingad of the St. John's University School of Law discusses the connection between disciplinary actions in schools and incarceration... Out of all of my cousins in the tri-state area, I am the only one who has never been arrested. And as a Filipino-American, I have a lot of cousins. Growing up, my parents were fully invested …

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by Victoria Drake

JURIST Guest Columnist Victoria Drake of the St. John's University School of Law discusses Fourth Amendment rights amidst advancements in cloud technology...I am a millennial, and technology is a major part of my life. When I discovered "the cloud," it completely changed the way I store my electronic data. The pictures I took from my European vacation, my tax returns, …

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by Samantha Chasworth

JURIST Guest Columnist Samantha Chasworth of the St. John's University School of Law discusses the harsh punishments inflicted upon immigrants in detention facilities... In Pineda Cruz v. Thompson, the women of Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas protested the awful treatment they experienced during their stay. Approximately eighty mothers circulated a petition and announced a hunger strike during Holy …

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by Sedef Asli Topal

JURIST Guest Columnist Sedef Asli Topal of the University of Szeged discusses the EU's institutional framework using two popular approaches...The transformation of the European Union into "an ever closer union" in terms of political space is a topic of which has been widely discussed for the last three or four decades in the discipline of International Relations, but there are …

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by Shannon Riordan

JURIST Guest Columnist Shannon Riordan of St. John's University, discusses domestic violence in the NFL ... On February 15, 2014, Ray Rice, a top National Football League (NFL) player for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested on assault charges, after he engaged in a physical altercation inside an elevator with his now-wife, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. …

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August 2017
by Sarah Silverhardt

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Silverhardt of St. John's University discusses the implications of continued ignorance of serial rapists on college campuses... Unlike your Sunday marathon of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this heinous crime was real. Two Virginia students both abducted and murdered, and both body remains were found five miles apart on a rural farm. Coincidence? Definitely not. …

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by Jessica George

JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica George of St. John's University discusses the need for a cause of action to remedy fraudulent voting processes ... Equal opportunity initiatives will always remain a hotly contested issue that incites passionate political action - so much so that it even inspires wealthy businessmen to lead a political crusade against affirmative action policies. People decide their …

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by Md Tabish Eqbal

JURIST Guest Columnist Md Tabish Eqbal of South Asia University discusses why India should reconsider its initial objections to ratifying the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions... Like many other branches of international law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) grew exponentially after World War II, with a view toward expanding the scope of the protection of the victims of armed …

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by Matt Belenky

JURIST Guest Columnist Matt Belenky of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Amazon's sales tax policy... As of April 1, 2017, Amazon, once a leader in pushing for online purchases to be tax free, announced it would collect sales taxes on purchases in the final four states it hadn't yet collected from: Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico. …

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July 2017
by Abhishek Trivedi

JURIST Guest Columnist Abhishek Trivedi, LLM Faculty of Studies, at South Asian University - New Delhi discusses the implications of the International Court of Justice decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case... On May 18, 2017 the order of provisional measures was given by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favor of India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case between …

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June 2017
by Ohud Ali. Alzahrani

JURIST Guest Columnist Ohud Ali. Alzahrani of the University of Pittsburgh discusses the overdue abolition of a long held guardianship system for the women in Saudi Arabia ... Women have recently gained some rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (referred to hereafter as KSA). Currently, the women of Saudi Arabia do not have full independent freedom from the guardianship …

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by Surya Rajkumar

JURIST Guest Columnist Surya Rajkumar of O.P. Jindal Global University, discusses the prospects of relief for victims of violence in the Kashmir dispute ... On the 1st of May 2017, the mutilated bodies of two personnel of the Indian Border Security Force were found in the disputed Line of Control (LoC) area in Jammu and Kashmir, India. In a press …

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May 2017
by Oday Mahmood

JURIST Guest Columnist Oday T. Mahmood, an S.J.D. candidate for 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses needed legal and constitutional reforms in Iraq post Islamic State... In 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized three large cities in Iraq which were Anbar, Salah al-Din and Mosul. In fact, the fall of these cities …

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by Mais Haddad

JURIST Guest Columnist Mais Haddad, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses laws in Arab countries that protect rapists and further oppress rape victims.... In the Arab world, women are under systematic discrimination socially, politically and economically. This discrimination is mirrored, deepened and embodied within the Arab countries' legal systems. A quick study of these countries laws is enough to …

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March 2017
by Fahira Brodlija

JURIST Guest Columnist Fahira Brodlija, an LLM student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses the recent ICJ response to Bosnia and Herzegovina's request for a revised judgment from its 2007 lawsuit against Serbia regarding the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in its case... The International Court of Justice …

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February 2017
by Fahira Brodlija

JURIST Guest Columnist Fahira Brodlija of The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, LLM Class of 2017, discusses the implications of revising a lawsuit between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia...According to the former prosecutor of The Hague International Criminal Court (ICC), Geoffrey Nice, there is new evidence based on which Bosnia and Herzegovina could seek the revision of its lawsuit …

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