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  • 6 May 2024
    Joseph P. Tomain, Sidney A. Shapiro

    The Necessary Mix

    Market favoritism has been aggressively supported for more than 50 years by the Right and adopted by many on the Left. The emphasis has been on the priority of markets over government for solution to policy problems and for enhancing political liberties. Our book, How Government Built America, flips the script by arguing the strength […]

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  • 19 Apr 2024
    Peter Cane, H. Kumarasingham

    Launching The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom at the House of Lords, 6 March

    The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom was launched in the House of Lords. The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Reed, hosted the launch.

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  • 20 Mar 2024
    Lynette J. Chua, Mark Fathi Massoud

    Embracing Positionality in Research

    “The law is reason, free from passion.” This statement, attributed to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, suggests that judges, lawyers, and scholars must examine the law objectively, without succumbing to the influence of personal emotions or experiences. But might our emotions, experiences, and identities actually influence how we approach the law? And, if so, is there […]

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  • 6 Feb 2024
    Alex Green

    The Making of States: Indeterminacy, International Law, and Creating New Political Communities

    We live in a world of States. With the exception of the high seas, outer space, and Antarctica, the entirety of our currently inhabitable environment falls within the jurisdiction of one State or another. States are some of the most powerful entities on our planet in terms of their social, environmental, and economic influence. For […]

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  • 30 Jan 2024
    Richard Clements

    Is a court of law a factory?

    With all the recent interest in the International Criminal Court – can it prosecute Putin? Will it intervene in the Hamas-Israeli War? Will it finally investigate crimes in Venezuela? – it would be easy to forget that this court is not simply a juridical black box for war criminals to be sent to. It is also an […]

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  • 22 Jan 2024
    Christel Querton

    Conflict Refugees: European Union Law and Practice

    Despite the increasing number of persons fleeing across borders due to widespread violence in situations of armed conflict, there has long been a misconception that these individuals are not ‘refugees’ as defined by the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. The Refugee Convention defines a refugee as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of […]

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  • 4 Dec 2023
    Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

    The Flawed Foundations of the Electoral College

    Central to our concept of democracy is counting all votes equally. Who would support an election rule in which we add up all the votes and declare the person who came in second the winner?  But that is exactly what can—and does—occur under the electoral college.  In 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016, and, arguably, 1960, the […]

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  • 21 Nov 2023
    Charlotte Woodhead

    Caring for cultural heritage

    The journey towards caring for cultural heritageI have been interested for many years in how the UK looks after cultural heritage by law and ethical principles. I came to adopt the framework of care, in some ways by accident. The term ‘caring’ started for me as a way of explaining the wide range of activities […]

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