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A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea? [Video]

Mar. 25, 2014 -- Robert Blecker, constitutional history professor at New York Law School and author of The Death of Punishment, talks about Crimea's recent secession from Ukraine and subsequent annexation by Russia. Blecker...more

An Immigration Guide for International Same-Sex Married Couples

As we recently reported, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and President Obama subsequently directed federal government...more

Comparison on the rights, limitations and procedures related to public gatherings and demonstrations across Europe

The Right To Freedom Of Assembly And Expression In The European Union - A.) General Description Of The Applicable Legal Administrative Procedures - On a European level, fundamental rights are laid down in the...more

Foreign blogs cannot ignore local courts

The Italian Supreme Court held in relation to a foreign blog where articles inciting to racial hatred were posted that the crime of racist criminal organization and the jurisdiction of Italian courts were applicable if the...more

Landmark US Supreme Court Decision May Extend US Tax Benefits to UK Civil Partners

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits the definition of “marriage” to “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” and...more

More than 50 parties file recourse proceedings in the Cyprus Supreme Court

As noted in our previous update, several clients have considered legal challenges to the new laws based on the resolution measures agreed by the Eurogroup and the Republic of Cyprus. These resolution measures on Bank of...more

Taking Stock of Business and Human Rights in the United States

This week, members of the United Nations (“U.N.”) Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations are making an official visit to the United States as part of the Group’s mandate to promote the effective...more

Cyprus: To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Harneys’ Cyprus Banking Group is closely monitoring a legal challenge to the bail-out legislation which is currently before the Cyprus courts....more

European Court of Human Rights Finds That Greater Protections Are Required For The Political Beliefs Of UK Employees

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in Redfearn v United Kingdom [2012] ECHR 1878, has held that employment law in the United Kingdom does not adequately protect individuals from dismissal as a result of their...more

Croatian Employment Law in Brief

Since its declaration of independence in 1991, which precipitated the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Croatia has had a difficult path transitioning to a market economy. Now, Croatia is set to become the newest member of the...more

Blunders of the Supreme Court of the United States, Part 8

The eighth in a series on blunders made by the Supreme Court of the United States. In this article the case of Cramer v. United States (325 U.S. 1, 1945) is reviewed. The blunder made is that the United States Supreme...more

Practical Problems With Attempts To Change The Fourteenth Amendment Through An Interstate Birth Certificate Compact

Originally published in 17 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin - May 1, 2012. Recently, many politicians have proposed changing the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause to exclude the U.S.-born children of persons who do...more

Comment On Case: Coury v. Prot, Fifth Circuit, June 19, 1996

In the case of Coury v. Prot, Circuit Judge Dennis concludes that the word "resides" as used in the Section 1, Clause 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment means "domiciled" in a State. This is shown to be wrong. In the...more

Diversity of Citizenship: The Basics

Discover what a diversity of citizenship case is; that in a diversity of citizenship case the proper citizenship must exist both when the action is commenced at the state level and when the petition for removal is filed...more

Nigeria Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011

Introduction – Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 Terrorism has continued to threaten global peace and prosperity. To address this criminal activity, governments all over the world, including the Nigerian government, have...more

OBLIGATION IGNORED: WHY INTERNATIONAL LAW REQUIRES THE UNITED STATES TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CIVIL LEGAL AID, WHAT THE UNITED STATES...

Exploring international legal obligations to provide civil legal aid, assessing U.S. compliance, and suggesting improved civil legal aid through the use of Legal Empowerment techniques that have been successful in other...more

Things to Consider Before Hiring Employees in Brazil

As the United States battles high unemployment rates amidst announcements of massive layoffs by the country’s largest employers, Brazil is experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in its history. The second largest country...more

English Supreme Court Champions Party Autonomy in Arbitration

The often-cited list of advantages of arbitration includes economy, speed, procedural flexibility, the ability to choose arbitrators, the neutrality of the process and cross border enforcement of awards. While parties with...more

Jerusalem Passport Case

Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of the Plaintiff

This brief was filed in support of the right of an American citizen born in Jerusalem, Israel to have Jerusalem, Israel listed on his/her passport as the place of birth. This right is provided for by law; but the State...more

Blunders of the Supreme Court of the United States, Part 4

The fourth in a series on blunders made by the Supreme Court of the United States. In this article the case of Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization et. al. (307 U.S. 496, 1939) is reviewed. The blunder made is...more

ZAPU revival rattles Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T party

ZAPU revival rattles Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T party The one permanent feature of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex and the inexplicable. Barely a month has gone by since ZAPU held its National...more

Material Support Laws: Combating Terrorism or Terrorizing Peace?

Alternatively hailed as a bulwark in our nation's war on terrorism and denounced as a descent into a new era of McCarthyism, the Supreme Court's June 21, 2010 decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project could have a...more

"Enhanced Interrogation Methods": How legal memoranda manipulated Federal and International laws prohibiting torture and coercion.

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, executive branch lawyers acting as legal council for the President issued several memoranda which interpreted various laws prohibiting torture or "cruel, inhuman, and degrading...more

Rights of the Accused and the President's Military Tribunal System

In response to the September 11th attacks, President George W. Bush created an unprecedented Military Tribunals procedure outside of all known systems of justice which justifies the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists...more

Book Review, Constitution in Wartime: Beyond Alarmism and Complacency, Constellations 2006

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 prompted swift responses from the political branches of American government to the perceived existential crisis, and at the same time reinvigorated a longstanding debate among...more

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