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Unexplored Connections: The Crimes of Saddam Hussein and Israeli-Palestinian Relations

Nullum crimen sine poena,  “No crime without a punishment.” – Nuremberg Tribunal, Final Judgment, 1946 Whether formally codified or merely personal, memory must always lie at the heart of justice. Today, however, almost no one remembers the myriad threats and actual missile attacks once launched at Israel from Iraq. Indeed, virtually no one even remembers

An Unexpectedly Small Piece of Cake

One of the year’s most-watched Supreme Court controversies, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Limited v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission [No. 16-111], was never likely to deliver the full faceoff between Religious Free Exercise and Anti-Discrimination Rights that many people expected.  As I’ll explain more fully below, cake baker Jack Phillip’s claim to avoid administrative sanctions despite refusing on religious grounds to

Temptation to Compromise

The latest victim in the war against the rule of law and the supremacy of God are Christian faith-based Canadian universities whose graduates require professional licensing by an administrative agent of the government. To understand the significance of the 2018 Trinity Western University (TWU) Supreme Court law society decisions, British Columbia and Ontario, the context

The Stain of Torture

June 26th is the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Its purpose — to denounce the crime of torture and proclaim solidarity with its survivors — is in stark opposition to the policy of my government. As a former Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal in West Africa, I walked

Janus: Damaging Labor

In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned a 41-year old precedent and held that all union security clauses in public-sector labor contracts violate the First Amendment. A union security clause is provision in a contract between a union and an employer that obliges members of the union bargaining unit to

Kennedy’s Retirement: Despair Not, Go Out and Organize

Lawblog Guest Columnist Professor Bruce Ledewitz of Duquesne University School of Law, discusses the impact of US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement and the potential for a revival of democratic values . . . The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy this week represents the end of an era and the beginning of the entrenchment of

Federal judge blocks Kentucky Medicaid work requirement

A federal judge on Friday blocked [opinion, PDF] a proposed Kentucky Medicaid plan that would include work requirements as a condition of receiving the state’s subsidized health coverage. Under the proposed Kentucky plan, titled Kentucky HEALTH, the state would impose “community-engagement” requirements for both traditional and expansion Medicaid populations. It also included a new mandate

Amnesty calls on Egypt lawmakers to reject online censorship laws

Amnesty International (AI) called [press release] Monday for the Egyptian parliament to vote down proposed laws [text, in Arabic] that would increase the government’s control over online content. Najia Bounaim [Twitter profile], Director of Campaigns in North Africa, said, These proposed laws would increase the Egyptian government’s already broad powers to monitor, censor and block social media and blogs,

European Commission launches infringement procedure against Poland judiciary law