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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Elections 2016-2017 -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Why the ERA Failed: Comfort Over Content in the Fight for Women’s Rights -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Extent to Which Parents Should Regulate Their Children’s Abortions -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Human Rights in a Reclusive Context: North Korea -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Separation without Justification: Parental Rights of Pregnant Juveniles in Correctional Facilities -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

U.S. Asylum after September 11: Failures of the PATRIOT and ID Acts -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Genomicare: The Affordable Care Act of 2023 -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

“Social Worker with a Gun:” The Role of Policing in Harm Reduction Among Addicts -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pulling Principles Out of Thick Air: The Incorporation of Customary International Law Under the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789 After Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Schuette v. BAMN: Moving Toward a Colorblind Constitution -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

American Women in Combat: What Israel and Canada Can Teach the United States About Integration -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Intersection of Lawlessness and Justice: Police Misconduct -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Recommendation for Eliminating Lifetime Tenure for Federal Judges -

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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Monday, November 3, 2014

VICTORY OF THE MINORITY: The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Fight for Constitutional Rights -

Monday, June 30, 2014

VACATING CONVICTIONS: The Efficacy of One Form of Relief from the Consequences of Conviction -

Monday, June 30, 2014

Why the ERA Failed: Comfort Over Content in the Fight for Women’s Rights

Author: Cameron Smith, Stanford University. Published in Volume VIII Issue II.

 

In the late 1970s, after an arduous journey of more than half a century, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was on the verge of becoming an amendment to the United States Constitution. The ERA had been approved in both houses of Congress—by far more than the requisite two-thirds vote—and it needed ratification from only three more states in order to satisfy the constitutional requirement. Yet, the ERA never managed to fulfill the ratification requirement. Given its overwhelming support in Congress, the ERA’s failure was largely unexpected, and remains somewhat of a mystery to scholars. Historians only agree on part of the explanation for the ERA’s failure; they understand that the ERA failed because of the conflicting views of familial feminists and individualist feminists. However, historians have yet to adequately explain how these opposing views actually reduced to opposing views about women’s rights, which after all, ought to have been the focus of the discourse over the Equal Rights Amendment. This paper suggests a way to resolve the lingering mystery of why the ERA failed. It asserts that the conflict between familial feminists and individualist feminists was, in fact, not over the content of women’s rights, but over the value of those rights.

The Extent to Which Parents Should Regulate Their Children’s Abortions

 

Author: Peter Li, Stanford University. Published in Volume VIII Issue II.

This paper examines the extent to which parents should regulate their children’s abortions in the United States. It is a tailored examination of a particular aspect of abortion that sets aside the debate over abortion as a procedure to focus on issues surrounding the fact that children in the United States can acquire abortions. Given the serious implications of the procedure, there is a need to ensure children’s’ competence prior to their obtaining an abortion. Age restrictions with exceptions for abortions are logical protective measures. Currently, judicial bypasses are inordinately difficult to procure, making parental consent particularly important. However, the efficacy of the parental consent exception is also questionable. The level of proof needed for children seeking abortions to prove their competence should be more reasonable such that the parental consent exception is less necessary.

 

Human Rights in a Reclusive Context: North Korea

 

Author: Daniel Keum, University of Washington. Volume VIII Issue II.

The strategies transnational federations have undertaken in confronting the North Korean human rights crisis are inadequate and have exacerbated cases of state violence against the North Korean people. This paper will explore human rights violations in the context of international and domestic law to further understand Pyongyang’s political calculus. From this understanding, changes are suggested to the original approach international regimes have adopted to tackle the North Korean crisis. Ultimately, this paper will suggest international regimes to situate Pyongyang in a context of political instability and anxiety to understand the political calculus that drives it violations of human rights. International regimes must be cognizant of these factors and work to reduce an atmosphere of hostility and foster political stability to mitigate factors that trigger the violation of human rights.

Separation without Justification: Parental Rights of Pregnant Juveniles in Correctional Facilities

 

Author: Victoria Kalumbi, Stanford University. Published in Volume VIII Issue II.

Adolescent females are a rapidly increasing population within the juvenile justice system, a number of whom are pregnant or mothers while held in detention facilities. Under the current system, pregnant adolescents have few, if any, rights to parenthood and face significant barriers in receiving adequate physical and mental health treatment. This paper argues that adolescent mothers have specific rights that cannot be infringed upon or limited by the state while incarcerated; chief of these rights is the right to be a parent. The denial of this right is a violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The separation of a mother from her children highlights deficits in the moral, ethical, and medical treatment of these youth within the justice system. This paper explores the need to examine community-based alternatives for juvenile female offenders in order to retain those rights.

U.S. Asylum after September 11: Failures of the PATRIOT and ID Acts

Author: Miriam El Nemr, University of Washington. Published in Volume III Issue II. 

After September 11, the United States focus turned to securing the country and preventing future threats. Although two major pieces of legislation, the 2001 PATRIOT Act and the 2005 Real ID Act aimed to enhance security, both ultimately weakened the asylum system instead by increasing judicial discretion. Especially impacted are women and children as a result of the legislation. This article investigates the post-September 11 acts and their impact on asylum-seekers in the United States, highlighting their negative consequences.