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Looking Ahead: October Term 2016

Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, Looking Ahead: October Term 2016 (September 13, 2016). 2016 Cato Supreme Court Review 313 (2016). Available for download at SSRN:

“This essay looks at leading cases set for the Supreme Court’s next term, at some cases the Supreme Court chose not to hear, and at other events, such as a possible recusal by Justice Ginsburg in a disputed election case, that may set the agenda for the coming term. In addition, it looks at the diminished role of the United States Supreme Court as an appellate body in relation to the Courts of Appeal and the state courts.”

Paper – Discrimination is a Comparative Injustice: A Reply to Hellman

Simons, Kenneth W., Discrimination is a Comparative Injustice: A Reply to Hellman (September 26, 2016). Virginia Law Review Online, Vol. 102, July 2016, pp. 85-100; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2016-48. Available for download at SSRN: “In Two Concepts of Discrimination, Professor Hellman lucidly and systematically explains the difference between comparative and… Continue Reading

Information on Designated Postal Operators and Universal Service in Selected Countries

International Mail: Information on Designated Postal Operators and Universal Service in Selected Countries, GAO-16-813R: Published: Sep 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2016. “Based on the information GAO obtained about postal service in 10 selected countries, 9 of the 10 countries formally selected their current designated postal operator either directly or indirectly via statute. All 10 countries have… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. September 21, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sanctions were suspended or lifted upon the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certification on… Continue Reading

US Midterm Self-Assessment Report for the Open Government Partnership

Via FAS – United States of America Midterm Self-Assessment Report for the Open Government Partnership. Third Open Government National Action Plan 2015-2017. September 2016. “The United States released the Third Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) in October 2015. The third NAP was created keeping in mind the four open government principles: transparency, civic participation, public accountability, and technology and… Continue Reading

District Court Judge releases list of more than 200 cases veiled in secrecy of Patriot Act

Washington Post – This judge just released 200 secret government surveillance requests “U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, a former Senate aide who helped draft the Patriot Act, has defied easy labeling throughout a decades-long career spent charting the frontier of technology and law in the nation’s capital….In ordering the first-ever release by a… Continue Reading

Twitter and UN Global Pulse Announce Data Partnership

News release, September 23, 2016: “Twitter and UN Global Pulse today announced a partnership that will provide the United Nations with access to Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by world leaders last year. Every day, people around the world send hundreds of millions of Tweets… Continue Reading

Paper – Looking for a Smarter Government (and Administrative Law) in the Age of Uncertainty

Napolitano, Giulio, Looking for a Smarter Government (and Administrative Law) in the Age of Uncertainty (September 23, 2016). Forthcoming, Comparative administrative law, edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman and Peter Lindseth, II edition, Edward Elgar. Available for download at SSRN: “The paper analyzes to what extent the crisis erupted in 2008 and the subsequent age of… Continue Reading

Paper – European Citizenship after Brexit

Mindus, Patricia, European Citizenship after Brexit (September 29, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: “This paper investigates European citizenship after Brexit, in light of the functionalist theory of citizenship. No matter its shape, Brexit will impact significantly on what has been labelled as ‘one of the major achievements of EU integration’: citizenship of the… Continue Reading

Class Action suit against Wells Fargo filed in Utah – “Three Utah residents have filed what may be the first class-action lawsuit brought by customers against Wells Fargo in the ongoing fallout over allegations that more than 2 million bank accounts or credit cards were opened or applied for without customers’ knowledge or permission. Wells Fargo declined to comment on the suit which… Continue Reading

Fight For The Future launched HelloVote

BusinessInsider: “Registering to vote may now be a lot easier for a portion of the roughly 90% of Americans who own a cellphone. The nonprofit group Fight For The Future launched HelloVote on [the morning of September 22, 2016] with the goal of boosting voter registration in several key battleground states by allowing voters to… Continue Reading

Network World – preliminary map of government open source laws

Jon Gold – NetworkWorld: “As the institutional use of open-source software continues to expand like an octopus, the public sector remains a key target market. Government users like Linux and other open-source software for several reasons, but the most important ones are probably that total cost of ownership is often lower than it is for… Continue Reading