The Wonderful Discomfort of Changing Your Mind

By Kirstin Lindstrom for EDR Blog.org. In reflecting on the most important things she learned in the seven years of writing her literary blog, brainpickings.org, author Maria Popova wrote, “Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.” Admittedly, the idea that mind-changing is a luxurious experience is a bit elusive. But in thinking it […]

HHS Issues Guidance Regarding HIPAA and Same Sex Marriage

By Leslie Francis for HealthLawProfBlog.  Under HIPAA, patients’ spouses and other family members have certain rights to access health information.  In an important guidance document in the wake of United States v. Windsor, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS has clarified that “spouse” under HIPAA refers to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the individual is receiving services in a jurisdiction […]

New Career Resources

By Megan Green for the Career Services Blog. I have one announcement and one reminder: First, the Department of Justice has announced a new app for searching for legal internships and attorney positions within the Department. We are excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management launched a new, […]

Constitution Day

By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog – Did you know that September 17, 2014 marks 227 years since the U.S. Constitution was signed?  It is celebrated as Constitution Day and “commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the […]

The Rule of Law in a Time of Lawlessness

By Brenda Weinberg for GlobalJusticeBlog.com –  We often wonder how enforceable international laws actually are, especially when there has seemingly been little to no incentive to comply or punishment for noncompliance. From blatant human rights violations in North Korea and China to attacks on sovereignty and self-determination by Russia in Ukraine, international governing bodies like the […]

Prostitution, Child Predators and the Internet

By Ronda Woolston for GlobalJusticeBlog.com – Like many facets of life, the advent of the Internet and related technology is changing the sex industry and how child sex predators (hereinafter “predators”) can be tracked down. Prostitutes can now use the Internet not only to advertise their services but also to avoid danger. While predators have found […]

Finally Sitting at the Grownups’ Table

By Jim Holtkamp for EDRblog.org. Last March I had the once-in-a-career experience of meeting with senior officials of the China National Peoples’ Congress (NCP) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) to discuss strengthening laws to enforce environmental standards. On March 5, Premier Li Keiqang “declared war on pollution” at the opening of the annual […]

Degrade and Destroy

By Amos Guiora for the Global Justice Blog. [Note: This Global Justice Blog post is a counterpoint to a post earlier in the week by Professor Wayne McCormack titled, "Obama-Bashing Lets the Jihadists Suck Us In Again." Professor Guiora also asked that we link to President Obama's comments on ISIL dated September 10, 2014]   […]

Obama-Bashing Lets the Jihadists Suck Us In Again

by Wayne McCormack for the Global Justice Blog. [Note: I have three close colleagues and friends with on-the-ground combat experience on whom I tried a draft of this essay. I have never been in a military uniform and never fired a weapon. My friend and colleague Amos Guiora disagreed with my rant but promised to […]

The Use of Gender-Based Violence During Armed Conflicts

By Stephanie Lewis for the Global Justice Blog Acts of sexual violence against both men and women have often been used as a military tactic during times of armed conflict. The Statute of the International Criminal Court is the first instrument in international criminal law that explicitly recognizes rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, […]