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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 JURIST Contributor

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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by Doris Toyou

JURIST Guest Columnist Doris Toyou of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses treaty translation issues in the nation of Cameroon... The 2016 unrest in the Republic of Cameroon ("Cameroon") started when a group of Anglophone lawyers demanded an official English translation of a treaty ratified since 1996. While Cameroon has over two hundred fifty national languages, the colonialization …

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December 2016
by Fuad Rafidi

JURIST Guest Columnist Fuad Rafidi of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2018, discusses safe spaces on college campuses... Do safe places belong on college campuses? On November 22, 2016, Yue Zhang wrote a critical piece about colleges not having safe spaces. Yue personally believes safe spaces only spoils kids and makes them more fragile. Although there might be …

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November 2016
by Mohit Gupta

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohit Gupta, an International Law Masters student at South Asian University discusses an October ICJ ruling against the Marshall Islands concerning India's failure to meet customary international law concerning halting developments of nuclear weapons ...On 5 October, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in favor of India in a case brought forward by the Republic …

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October 2016
by Fahira Brodlija

JURIST Guest Columnist Fahira Brodlija of University of Pittsburgh School of Law, LLM Class of 2017, discusses the recent referendum and court decisions regarding Republic Srpska... The specific constitutional framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) and the governmental structure which arises out of it has provided for a constant need for a balancing act in day-to-day politics. Considering the fact …

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September 2016
by Dayna Jones

JURIST Guest Columnist Dayna Jones, a law student at Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the intersection of law and environmental justice concerning the the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Dakota Access Pipeline... The largest multi-tribal gathering of indigenous peoples in North America in over a century is happening now at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. Leading …

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June 2016
by Mahmudul Hasan

JURIST Guest Columnist Mahmudul Hasan, an LLM student at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, discusses the impact of climate change on vulnerable world populations and its relation to international migration and refugee situations...As global climate change and the resulting implications on ecosystems and livelihoods affect the viability of traditional lifestyles in many parts of the world, some global bodies are …

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May 2016
by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Alam of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the negative effect corporate mergers have on preserving American jobs... While some public figures paint horror stories of how immigrants steal American jobs, subtler, but yet powerful forces leave thousands of American employees jobless. These forces are corporate restructuring and downsizing. And the 2015 merger of …

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March 2016
by Rogendy Toussaint

JURIST Guest Columnist Rogendy Toussaint of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Toussaint discusses whether the disparate impact of international aid in Haiti... As a seemingly routine afternoon faded to dusk on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake …

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February 2016
by John Klinker

JURIST Guest Columnist John W. Klinker of Loyola University Chicago School of Law discusses how the decision in Montanile potentially creates a precedent that could affect the funding of welfare benefit plans... A common term in welfare benefit plans establishes an agreement whereby the plan will pay covered medical expenses of an employee when the employee is injured by a …

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