Is There an Alternative to “Peacekeeping” Failures?

By Wayne McCormack for GlobalJusticeBlog.com. A recent article on the Foreign Policy blog[1] describes the knowledge of White House officials about the genocide unfolding in Rwanda in 1994 and their willful decision to pull UN peacekeeping forces out of the country. The article seems startling but all it really does is add details to what […]

Does HIPAA preempt state law claims related to privacy of individually identifiable health information?

By Cullen Archer for BiolawToday.org.   Introduction The Supremacy Clause provides that the Constitution, and Laws and Treaties made pursuant to it, “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”[1] Accordingly, if there is a conflict between federal law and state law, the latter is preempted. The difficulty is determining whether state or local law should […]

Cultivating a culture of dialogue rather than debate

By Danya Lee Rumore for EDR Blog.org. Earlier this month, I attended an MIT campus-wide debate. Watching the event play out, I was struck by the strengths and weaknesses of a debate approach to tackling tricky social issues. On one hand, debates encourage involved parties to arm themselves with facts and statistics and carefully think through […]

Capital Punishment, Medical Science, and 10th Circuit States

By Danny Barber for BiolawToday.org blog: In April of last year, Oklahoma gained unfortunate notoriety when its lethal injection procedures failed to adequately sedate Clayton Lockett. The execution required over forty minutes to complete.[1] It was explained afterwards that one of the drugs in the lethal mixture failed to enter the inmate’s bloodstream, and ultimately failed […]

Property Rules and Liability Rules for Genetic Data

By Jorge L. Contreras for BioLawToday.org, originally posted on Balkin.com.  For the Innovation Law Beyond IP 2 conference, March 28-29 at Yale Law School In 2009, the Texas Department of Health agreed to destroy a research biobank containing approximately 5.3 million infant blood samples. The samples, stored on index cards as dried blood spots, were collected over an […]

Fracking in Populated Areas: The Most Literal Application of ‘Not in My Backyard’

By Kirstin Lindstrom for EDRblog.com. With a not-insignificant modicum of success, a recent sea change in public, industry and non-profit collaborative efforts on public land issues has altered the atmosphere of environmental dispute discourse. Despite some notable failures, in the past few years there have been important advances in the public/private collaborative realm. Many collaborations […]

Why I take the bus

Written for GreenTeamBlog.org by Prof. Leslie Francis, Associate Dean for Faculty Research. I know there are very good environmental reasons for taking public transportation. But there are other reasons that I’d forgotten, but that I’ve been reminded of on my recent bus trips. Taking the bus makes me organize myself. I know the bus will […]

Ingenious EDR Designs are Human Centered

“When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.” –Melinda Gates, Wired Magazine, November 2013 As organizations, agencies, and governments become more aware of the ever-rising cost of conflict (in economic, […]

First Annual Winter ULaw Clean Air Competition Results

Written for GreenTeamBlog.org. This February, the College of Law Green Team held the 1st Annual Winter ULaw Clean Air Competition to change commuting behavior to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy, and save money. The Green Team asked those associated with the College of Law to team up with their class or Faculty/Staff/Admin/Friends, […]

Patent Exhaustion and Helferich’s Assertion Problem

By Professor Amelia Smith Rinehart, as published on PatentlyO.com.  Recently, the Federal Circuit held that the New York Times and others infringed patents claiming methods and systems for delivering content to smartphones.[1] In a related Patently-O essay, Professor Sam Ernst states that the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Helferichis “directly contrary to Supreme Court precedent and represents a […]