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
Nadia B. Ahmad—The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and participation rights should mean more, not less, on tribal lands when respect for tribal sovereignty and federal tribal trust responsibilities exists. This Article proposes a rights-based approach to reinvigorate tribal treaty regimes based on a historico-legal analysis of the interconnected right-of-way doctrine and environmental impact statement […]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
Noah Greenstein—In 1906, Congress passed the infamous National Monument Act (more commonly known as the Antiquities Act), which grants the President broad, discretionary authority to designate national monuments. Over the last 100 years, 16 Presidents from both parties have used this Act to designate 157 national monuments across the United States. For example, on September […]READ FULL ARTICLE
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