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PFAS Bans and Restrictions are the Future

On April 21, 2022, Maryland signed the George “Walter” Taylor Act (the “Act”).[1] Named after a firefighter who lost his life after repeated exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in fire-fighting foam.…

The Continuing War on Immigration: What is Operation Lone Star?

Overview of Operation Lone Star In March 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott launched “Operation Lone Star.”[1] According to the press release from the Governor’s Office, “[t]he Operation integrates [the Texas Department of Public…

Stopping Invasion: Is the Law A Valid Weapon?

After nearly one month and three weeks of intense fighting, the conflict in Ukraine harkens back to the last World War. Military casualties are staggering, with potential losses for Ukraine currently above 1,300…

Economic Sanctions in International Law: Venezuela’s Conundrum

  I. Introduction The Congressional Research Service defines economic sanctions as “coercive economic measures taken against a target to bring about a change in behavior. . .[S]anctions can include . . . trade…

SCOTUS’ Shadow Docket Coming Out of the Shadows

In August 2021, SCOTUS issued two of its most important decisions of the year: Alabama Association of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Services and Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson.[1] Unlike most…

Illinois’ New Supreme Court Map and its Potential Lawsuits

On November 3, 2020, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride lost his bid to win retention,[1] making him the first Supreme Court justice in the State of Illinois to lose the retention vote.[2]…

Piecemeal Devourment: Academic Freedom in Hungary

Abstract: Using the case study of Hungary, the author provides a snapshot of how academic freedom can be curtailed in a hybrid illiberal regime. The focus includes the freedom to (i) do research,…

Ghost Theory