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Canary in the Coal Mine: Abortion & the Commission on Unalienable Rights

Akila Radhakrishnan and Elena Sarver
1 December 2019

This past July, the Trump administration announced the creation of a new body with a curious name—the “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the effort as an attempt to “ground our discussion of human rights in America’s founding principles.” However, universal human rights norms exist to hold states accountable: they cannot…

Driving On Empty: The Fate of Fossil Fuel Companies in Climate Nuisance Litigation

Reeva Dua
14 November 2019

States and municipalities are increasingly attempting to use climate nuisance litigation to hold fossil fuel companies such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell, accountable for climate change. Climate plaintiffs across the country are requesting a total of approximately two hundred billion dollars in damages. If these plaintiffs manage to win their…

When Cause-in-Fact is, in Fact, Not the Solution: How Burrage Failed to Narrow the Scope of the Controlled Substances Act’s “Death Results” Sentencing Enhancement

Alyssa D. Weinstein

In the wake of the opioid crisis and the increasing role of prosecution as a way to combat the sale and use of drugs, this Note considers the twenty-year mandatory minimum sentencing enhancement for when “death results” under the Controlled Substances Act. In deciding Burrage v. United States, the Supreme Court settled the circuit split…

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