Sabrina Camboulives—In 2015, approximately 1.3 million refugees crossed into Europe in hopes of seeking asylum. They arrived by sea and also crossed devastated lands. The majority of the refugees in 2015 hailed from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq—war-torn countries whose violence has spurred an exodus to the proverbial Promised Land. But is Europe indeed a continent […]READ MORE
Renee Valerie G. Fajardo—On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague issued its Final Decision on the dispute between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Philippines. The Final Decision—a complicated answer written in 500 pages—can be distilled into four major points: (1) China has no historic […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Ellen S. Podgor—Throughout history, there has been a long line of cases where prosecutors have attempted to stretch statutes to cover conduct that they consider criminal. Clearly, prosecutors have enormous discretion to pick and choose whom to charge, what to charge, when to charge, and whether to proceed against individuals or entities. Likewise, prosecutors decide […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Mark Osler—There is a broad consensus in the United States that we incarcerate too many people for non-violent narcotics crimes. One way to address that issue, at least within the federal system, is through the use of federal clemency. While President Obama used the Pardon Power in a significant way to grant commutations to 1,715 […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Elizabeth M. Tisher — When Americans celebrated the 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’s birth this year, they reflected on her tireless advocacy for vibrant, diverse cities in the face of widespread urban renewal. Jacobs championed an animated streetscape of unique buildings, old and new; an eclectic array of merchants; and colorful, if chaotic, sidewalk activity—essentially […]READ FULL ARTICLE
Al M. Dean — The United States Army Military District of Washington convicted Chelsea Manning of contravening provisions of the federal Espionage Act in 2010 after Manning released classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. While some commentators describe “the largest dump of classified information in American history” as dangerous and severely treasonous, others applaud […]READ FULL ARTICLE
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