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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

New ABA model rule – discrimination and harassment will be legal ethics violations

ABA Journal, Lorelei Laird – “The ABA’s Resolution 109 has attracted a lot of controversy outside the organization. The measure makes it a violation of professional responsibility to discriminate or harass in conduct related to the practice of law. It attracted coverage from the New York Times DealBook blog and condemnation from politically conservative attorneys,… Continue Reading

Explore ongoing history of human civilization through research and data visualization

“OurWorldInData is an online publication that shows how living conditions around the world are changing. It communicates this empirical knowledge through interactive data visualisations (charts and maps) and by presenting the research findings on global development that explain what drives the changes that we see and what the consequences of these changes are. The publication… Continue Reading

Social and Economic Rights and Gender in Constitutions

Goldblatt, Beth, Social and Economic Rights and Gender in Constitutions (August 8, 2016). Draft Chapter in ‘Gender and Constitutions Handbook’ edited by Helen Irving, Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2819905 “Social and economic rights that offer to address poverty have special significance for women who, as a group,… Continue Reading

Over 1,000 pages of declassified docs on Argentina posted online

Argentina Declassification Project, August 8, 2016. “During his landmark visit to Argentina in March, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. government would declassify records relating to human rights abuses under Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship. At a ceremony commemorating the victims of these human rights abuses, held on the 40th anniversary of the 1976 coup d’état,… Continue Reading

Baltimore Sun – DOJ report finds Baltimore police routinely violated civil rights

Del Quentin Wilber and Kevin Rector, August 9, 2016: “Baltimore police routinely violated the constitutional rights of residents by conducting unlawful stops and using excessive force, according to the findings of a long-anticipated Justice Department probe to be released Wednesday. The practices overwhelmingly affected the city’s black residents in low-income neighborhoods, according to the 163-page… Continue Reading

Violent Death Rates: The US Compared with Other High-income OECD Countries, 2010

Via Fast co.exist: “You’re 25 Times More Likely To Be Shot To Death In America Than Any Other Developed Nation…In a study based on World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 2010, by Erin Grinshteyn and David Hemenway, researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno have detailed the absurd risks of guns in the U.S. The study… Continue Reading

Care Count School Laundry Program Exposes Link Between Clean Clothes and Attendance

Healthy meals every day, and clean clothes – yes nutrition and clean clothes impact school attendance. Every child in America deserves safe public schools, good food, and clean clothes (and great teachers, libraries and librarians, music and art classes…) When did we stop considering this to be a right, not a Privilege? Via Care Counts… Continue Reading

Paper – Coming to Terms with Secret Law

Rudesill, Dakota S., Coming to Terms with Secret Law (November 01, 2015). 7 Harvard National Security Journal 241 (2015); Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 321. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2687223 “The allegation that the U.S. government is producing secret law has become increasingly common. This article evaluates this claim, examining the available… Continue Reading

Global Trends – Forced Displacement in 2015

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Global Trends – Forced Displacement in 2015 “The total number of refugees has increased for the fifth consecutive year, from 10.4 million at end-2011 – a 55 per cent rise in just four years. This increase was driven mainly by the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, which… Continue Reading

Pew – Surge in Cuban immigration to U.S. continues into 2016

Pew Factank: “The number of Cubans who have entered the U.S. has spiked dramatically since President Obama announced  a renewal of ties with the island nation in late 2014, a Pew Research Center analysis of government data has found. The U.S. has since opened an embassy in Havana, a move supported by a large majority… Continue Reading

Pew – Number of Refugees to Europe Surges to Record 1.3 Million in 2015

Pew Research Center Report – “A record 1.3 million migrants applied for asylum in the 28 member states of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in 2015 – nearly double the previous high water mark of roughly 700,000 that was set in 1992 after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the… Continue Reading

Animal welfare advocacy makes inroads with egg production

Follow up to previous posting – Humane League – United Egg Producers to eliminate male chick culling by 2020 – via the Washington Post –  How eggs became a victory for the animal welfare movement – “The fast shift toward uncaged hens is a sign of Americans’ increasing concern about animals, even ones known more… Continue Reading