Legal Theory

Tunisia at a Crossroads: Drafting a New Constitution

Introduction

Tunisians captivated the world's attention in January 2011 when they flooded the streets to protest unemployment, corruption, and the lack of basic freedoms.  They ousted the autocratic President Zine Abidine Ben Ali in short order and inspired the "Arab Awakening."  Tunisia claimed a major success in October 2011, when the country held elections to choose representatives for a National Constituent Assembly (NCA).  The NCA is tasked with writing a constitution and governing Tunisia until the new constitution and permanent government are in place.

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Katie Zoglin
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Supreme Court May Consider How Broadly the “Necessary and Proper” Clause of the Constitution Authorizes Legislation to Implement Treaties

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On January 18, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court (Supreme Court) granted certiorari in Bond v. United States.  The Court set the questions presented as:

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Ronald J. Bettauer
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Legal Implications of the UN General Assembly Vote to Accord Palestine the Status of Observer State

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John Cerone
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The Reargument Order in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Its Potential Implications for Transnational Human Rights Cases

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Chimène I. Keitner
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Germany v. Italy: The International Court of Justice Affirms Principles of State Immunity

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Chimène I. Keitner
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Israel-Lebanon Offshore Oil & Gas Dispute – Rules of International Maritime Law

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Tensions between Lebanon and Israel have been running high during the last months due to a legal dispute over rights to newly discovered natural oil and gas reserves in the Mediterranean Sea. Formally at war for years, and without diplomatic relations, Israel and Lebanon have never agreed on a delimitation of their maritime boundaries.

Rising Conflict Between Israel and Lebanon

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Martin Wählisch
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The Netherlands Found Liable for Srebrenica Deaths

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Cees van Dam
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The UN and the Status of Palestine – Disentangling the Legal Issues

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John Cerone
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International Law and Foreign Laws in the U.S. State Legislatures

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Beginning in 2010, legislators in half of the U.S. states proposed—and in two states adopted—a series of bills or state constitutional amendments designed to restrict the use of international law and foreign laws by state (and sometimes federal) courts.  This Insight will summarize the trend in adopting legislation hostile to international law and foreign laws and briefly discuss its causes and consequences.

State Bills and Proposed Constitutional Amendments

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Aaron Fellmeth
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Towards a Less Secular Europe? The Decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Lautsi v. Italy

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A long-running crusade against the display of crucifixes in Italian public schools finally came to an end on March 18, 2011, in a judgment by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“European Court”).

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Silvia Borelli
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