Blog Posts

Blog Posts are shorter, more conversational pieces that are designed to provide a brief update on international legal issues, often centering on recent reported developments in the news. These pieces feature the author’s perspective more prominently than other pieces produced by journal staff.

The True Victim-Centered Approach: Expanding Safety Guidelines to Mitigate Sexual Assault of Patients in Healthcare Settings

At Hacienda Healthcare, a nonprofit long-term care facility in Phoenix, Arizona, a female patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth.[i] Neither facility staff nor the patient’s family noticed the pregnancy until she exhibited physical distress during labor.[ii] Phoenix police arrested a male nurse, whose DNA matched that of the child, charging him with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse.[iii]…

The Potential Value of Social Media in Asylum Law Cases

“Based on the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol, I’m Rahaf Mohammed, formally seeking refugee status to any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family.” On January 6, 2019, 18-year old Rahaf Mohammad al-Qunun sent the above tweet in a desperate call for help to the international…

New Canadian Drone Regulations Aim to Thwart Aviation Interference

Drones have become an integral part of life as the devices are increasingly deployed around the world to deliver packages, assist in disaster recovery efforts, and even provide military information.[i]  However, along with the benefits and convenience that drones bring, comes also interference and annoyance.  The Canadian government released a report last year indicating that there were 95 instances in…

The Challenges Facing India’s New Job and Education Reservation

On January 12th India’s President, Ram Nath Kovind, assented to a Constitutional Amendment providing for a 10% job and education quota for the economically weak citizens of the upper casts.[i]  Specifically, the Amendment expands on India’s current affirmative action program by reserving 10% of government jobs and seats at educational institutions for the poor in India’s general category.[ii]  However, even…

Africa’s Recent Push for Enforcement of Child Marriage Laws

It seems Africa is pushing harder than ever for African states to recognize the horrors of child marriage and the need for enforcement of African marriage laws.[1] A recent case in Sudan saw the court overturning a death sentence for a teen murdering her abusive husband.[2] In addition to this, two major African rights groups adopted a General Joint Comment…

United States Pulls Out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

On October 20, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (the “INF” Treaty) with Russia.[i] At a campaign rally, Trump stated that unless the U.S., Russia, and China could unilaterally agree to cease production of weapons banned under the INF Treaty, the U.S. would pull out of the…

The #MeToo Movement’s Hurdles

The #MeToo Movement has erupted across America, with individuals uniting in support of survivors of sexual misconduct and uniting in hopes of ending sexual abuse.[i] Unfortunately, progress in the #MeToo movement in the UK has stalled due to restrictive media rights that constrain the publication of valuable information.[ii] Of recent concern is the use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) in preventing…

World Intellectual Property Organization: Movement Forward in the International Protection of Intellectual Property

The evolution of intellectual property occurs rapidly in a fast-paced global marketplace where communication and other logistical barriers shrink in size by the minute. Unfortunately, rules and enforcement procedures available to protect the international intellectual property have historically evolved at a snail’s pace.[i] However, this is one snail that is beginning to pick up some speed. International protection of intellectual…

Security vs. Privacy: A Look Into Bangladesh’s Digital Security Act

Bangladesh recently found itself in hot water and at the global forefront of a debate regarding freedom of expression, as the Parliament passed what is termed as the “Digital Security Act.”[i] Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization, has decried the new act as a “tool ripe for abuse and a clear violation of the country’s obligations under international law…