Why putting the attack on the Capitol behind us will only put it ahead of us.

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In studying human rights law and conflict resolution, you would not be quick to come across a well defined and unchanging definition of “justice” in the literature. Instead, a recovering government looks to a series of goals to achieve. The four primary goals include: (1) taking steps to establish the truth of what happened following a conflict, (2) taking steps to reform internal state systems to ensure that the conflict cannot rear its head again, (3) providing victims with reparations for harms suffered, and (4) punishing perpetrators for their abuses. …


Do Republican senators fear for the loss of American jobs or loss of their job?

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Cabinet nominee and Representative of New Mexico Deb Haaland is set to become the first Native American woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and the first to serve as the Interior Secretary. As she put it in her opening remarks, “[t]he historic nature of my confirmation is not lost on me”. Historic it is. Over a century ago, the third interior secretary, Alexander Stuart, called it the Unites States’ mission to “civilize or exterminate” native people. The United States did much to carry out at that mission, forcing assimilation, violating treaties with tribal nations, and destroying tribal land. But…


With majority support in Congress and executive backing, the U.S. is the closest it has ever been to passing the Equality Act, a historic piece of legislation that would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But the Act’s future is still uncertain.

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This week, the House is scheduled to vote on the Equality Act, an act that would ban discrimination and expand protections for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The House previously passed the Equality Act in 2019, but it did not receive a vote in the Republican led Senate. Now in 2021, the Senate currently sits at an even 50–50 split, with Democrat Vice President Kamala Harris to serve as a tie-breaker, but the bill is still threatened by the use of the filibuster, which would require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome.

President Biden has indicated…


Lawyers and environmental advocates push for the International Criminal Court to adopt the international crime of ecocide into its jurisdiction.

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The small island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, radically introduced the crime of ecocide to the 18th Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) in December 2019. Vanuatu, along with the Maldives, firmly supported the consideration of ecocide as an international crime. Both island nations have long advocated in the past for voluntarily measures from both state and private actors to reduce the effects of climate change. …


Legislation needs to be focused on a culture shift, implementing policies that encourage employers to bear the burden of treating their employees equally, not simply tasking women with the policing of their employers.

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It is no secret that women make up a majority of the work force, work longer hours, and pursue higher education in greater numbers than men. Despite the increased participation, women still fall short in earning the same as men. This is exacerbated for women of color. The gender wage gap currently sits at about 82 cents for every $1 earned by men of all races. Over a career, this adds up to women losing more than $400,000. These numbers jump to $946,120 and $1,135,440 for Black and Latinx women respectively.

The gender wage gap is not a new phenomenon…


While millions go without heat in Texas, Governor Abbott is ensuring his re-election campaign will be well funded.

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Millions across Texas are currently without power and running water after a record breaking storm, bringing in severe drops in temperature and leaving people without heat. According to Governor Greg Abbott (R), this doom could have been avoided if it weren’t for…wind turbines?

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott went on Fox News with host Sean Hannity to address the situation. Defending his preparation, or lack thereof, for the Texas storm, he went on shift blame to renewable energy resources.

Our wind and our solar got shut down, and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid, and that…


Based on my experience volunteering in Greece at a refugee camp and community center.

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In the summer of 2017, I had just finished up working as an English Language Assistant in Madrid, Spain and was looking for a final European adventure before I headed back to the States to begin law school. I had long had an interest in human rights and had taken classes as an undergrad like Model UN, where we had to simulate a Human Rights Council conference on the worsening Syrian refugee crisis.

All this drew me to picking up A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, by Melissa Fleming, former…


Third-party politics in the U.S. have historically been a bad idea. Is this time different?

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Since President Trump’s presidential campaign was launched, he has had double digit sexual assault allegations made against him, tarnished virtually every relationship with democratic world leaders, mocked peoples with disabilities, oversaw a family separation program, cozied up to Putin, butchered a global pandemic response, had questionable conversations with Ukraine about intervening in our elections, and actively called for the 2020 election results to be overturned.

But, it was the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill which seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, at least for some Republicans, who on Friday joined a Zoom conversation on forming…


We should start seeing her for what she is, a revolutionary

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The New York Times, in collaboration with FX, recently added an episode to their growing series of standalone documentaries. In Framing Britney Spears, the filmmakers track Britney’s life from childhood to the height of her popularity, culminating in the legal battle over her conservatorship where her dad currently controls both her person and estate.

Framing Britney Spears could not have a more fitting title. The documentary captures the very public duel between Britney to be herself, a complex, flawed, and talented human being, and the media and paparazzi’s drive to shape her into whatever was filling their wallets, whether that…


Where the GOP senators attempt to both acknowledge and ignore the legal arguments against Trump, they pick away at the soundness of our institutions which they claim to respect.

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Beginning yesterday, impeachment proceedings initiated against Donald Trump for the second time. This time, stemming from the events at the Capitol on January 6th, President Trump faced charges for incitement of insurrection. In contrast to his first impeachment, where Trump faced the consequences of removal from office, here voting in favor of impeachment would only limit former President Donald Trump’s ability to hold public office again.

Trump’s lawyers did an objectively bad job defending him. Attorney David Castor began in what has been described as incoherent, self-contradictory, meandering, and by Fox News’s Laura Ingraham’s account, terrible.

David Castor was tasked…

Elizabeth Rose

Law student re-discovering the joy of writing for fun. A little personal, a little political. Opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my employer.

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