Centuries After Vlad Dracula, Corruption Continues to Suck Romania Dry

Centuries After Vlad Dracula, Corruption Continues to Suck Romania Dry

By Calla Ketchens.

Corruption was so prevalent in Romania that when it joined the European Union in 2007, along with Bulgaria, the European Commission established the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) specifically for these two countries in order to assess Romania’s progress in fighting corrupt practices. Romania has made progress in its fight against corruption, but, if the recent protests in Romania are any indication, Romania still has a long way to go before the CVM reaches its expiration date of 2019.

Read More

The U.S. Should Follow Iceland’s Example: Iceland Throws The First Stone At The Glass Ceiling

The U.S. Should Follow Iceland’s Example: Iceland Throws The First Stone At  The Glass Ceiling

By: Hannah Bloom.

The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? You may have heard of it before, but not known what it actually meant. The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? Workplace pay is one area that the glass ceiling applies to and Iceland is attempting to tear it down.

Read More

Paradiso and Campanelli v Italy: Surrogacy Agreements and their Exploitation of Surrogate Mothers and Children in the EU

Paradiso and Campanelli v Italy: Surrogacy Agreements and their Exploitation of Surrogate Mothers and Children in the EU

By: Kelly Kane.

A recent case before the European Court on Human Rights has raised the issue of surrogacy as a form of human trafficking.  While Article 8 prohibits “interference by a public authority with the exercise of” the right to private life and family life, in January the Court determined that removal of a six-month-old child from his adoptive parents was not a violation of this right.

Read More

Did the Catholic Church Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Will the Human Rights Violations Continue?

Did the Catholic Church Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Will the Human Rights Violations Continue?

By: Steve Ragatzki.

According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the President shall be elected by a direct election from the people for a five-year term. The President may seek reelection only once. However, the President shall remain in office until the President-Elect “effectively assumes his functions.” Whatever the reason, Kabila has stayed in office well beyond the expiration of his term.          

 

Read More

Catalan Independence and the Human Right of Self-Determination

Catalan Independence and the Human Right of Self-Determination

By: Mikka Burrell.

Catalonia is a part of Spain geographically larger than some EU countries. However, the 7.5 million inhabitants of Catalonia neither speak Spanish nor consider themselves Spaniards. Does international law provide a foundation for the ongoing claims for Catalonian independence?

Read More

Climate Change as a Threat to Human Rights in the Maldives

Climate Change as a Threat to Human Rights in the Maldives

By: Courtney McCausland.

A number of island nations face the potential of losing land mass due to climate change. Some nations could become uninhabitable due to loss of farmable land and contamination of fresh water sources. The peoples of such nations face the possibility of statelessness. How can atoll nations prepare today for their citizens' future?

Read More

Preserving the Ocean: Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary Act

Preserving the Ocean: Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary Act

By: Andrea Fogelsinger.

International and unilateral agreements to regulate global resources are often questionably effective in their ability to effect change. One Pacific nation has taken matters into its own hands in establishing marine sanctuaries and no take zones to protect its resources and prevent mass extinction. 

Read More

Must a New Nation Return Property Seized by a Prior Regime?

Must a New Nation Return Property Seized by a Prior Regime?

By Savannah Priebe.

 

World War II wounds have once again resurfaced in the form of legal action, this time against the country of Croatia. Descendants of Croatian Serbs, Jews and Roma are now seeking repayment for their relatives' seized property and suffering during World War II. This post analyzes this current controversy under adhere to the intent of the UNIDROIT convention and Croatia's responsibility to repatriate any property now its its control from World War II.

Read More

The Rise of Baby Hotels: An Analysis of Japan’s Child Care Crisis

The Rise of Baby Hotels: An Analysis of Japan’s Child Care Crisis

By Rebecca Bradley.

Child care is one of the biggest, and costliest, decisions parents must make. Today's blog post discusses the requirements the US federal and state governments place on child care providers. Then, the post discusses the child care issues in Japan and the rise in uncertified day care centers, also called "Baby Hotels."

Read More

European Hate Speech Laws and their Chilling Effects on the Freedom of Expression

European Hate Speech Laws and their Chilling Effects on the Freedom of Expression

By Kelly Kane.

American's enjoy a constitutional right to freedom of speech. However, this right is not unviersal. Certian European countries place limits on freedom of speech. Today's blog post discusses the European laws regarding freedom of speech and hate speech.

Read More

El Chapo Guzman’s Extradition

El Chapo Guzman’s Extradition

By Jessica Baker.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was recently extradited to the United States. His decades-long run from the police has come to an end and he has pled not-guilty to 17 federal drug trafficking offenses. Today's post discusses extradition laws, and why many countries are hesitant to extradite alleged criminals to the United States.

Read More