By Jordan D. Shepherd. Full text here. Human rights litigation under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) has increased dramatically in the past few decades. Due to actions of a host of players around the world, this struggle for rights and remedies is dependent upon the rules of domestic court systems. Within U.S. civil litigation, two key…

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By Ryan P. Kelley. Full text here. The international response to acts of maritime piracy around Somalia requires a credible foundation in international law. Naval patrols from nearly every world power lack accurate and well-reasoned jurisdictional mandates necessary to carry out their duties effectively. They want for this essential legal complement because their states fail to…

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By Cory G. Kalanick. Full text here. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, nonprofit organizations originally designed to promote social welfare interests have become the latest loop­hole for political financiers to bypass campaign finance regulations. The federal regime of campaign finance laws—designed to prevent corruption and preserve the integrity of our…

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By Adam J. Hirsch. Full text here. The Article argues that lawmakers ought to recategorize inheritance law and contract law as cognate bodies of doctrine within a larger genus of transfers law. The Article examines comparatively the justifications for freedom of contract and freedom of testation, and concludes that their underlying ration­ales are largely, although not…

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By Anne C. Dailey. Full text here. The long history of denying children the full range of constitutional rights has its roots in a choice theory of rights that understands rights as deriving from the decisionmaking autonomy of the individual. From the perspective of choice theory, children do not enjoy most constitutional rights because they lack…

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By L. Song Richardson. Full text here. In recent years, legal scholars have utilized the science of implicit social cognition to reveal how unconscious biases affect perceptions, behaviors, and judgments. Employing this science, scholars critique legal doctrine and challenge courts to take accurate theories of human behavior into account or to explain their failure to do…

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By Julie A. Roin. Full text here. While the privatization of governmental activities may have begun as an effort to obtain efficiency gains, increasingly privatization transactions have become a mechanism for surreptitiously borrowing money. One city’s 2008 decision to “sell” its parking meters for $1.56 billion provides a perfect example of this sort of revenue-driven “privatization.”…

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