The Biden Doctrine?: The February 25 Airstrike in Syria, Article 51, and the Future of International Law in the Biden Administration

The February 25 Airstrike in Syria In a June 2016 interview, then-Vice President Joe Biden cast doubt on the utility of interventionist foreign policy. Citing the shortcomings of the 2011 NATO-led military intervention in Libya, Biden stated that he was “strongly” against the intervention. In reference to the ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi, Biden […]

The Case for Eliminating Mandatory Reporting Laws for Competent Adult Victims

Mandatory reporting laws for competent adult victims[1] of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, which require healthcare providers to submit a report to police when they have treated such patients, may seem beneficial at first glance, but can significantly harm survivors. Such laws can endanger survivors, retraumatize them, infringe upon their autonomy, violate patient confidentiality, […]

We Can’t Chat: Can California Constitutional Jurisprudence Strike the Correct Balance between Free Speech and Private Property Rights?

On January 8, the Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPIFC), along with six anonymous plaintiffs, sued Tencent America LLC for its censorship practices on the social media app WeChat. [1]  The complaint alleges that the app blocks and deletes messages and posts “perceived as critical of the Party-state,” and speech infractions have led to “blocking, […]

Three Steps to Save The Vote

While this nation is reeling and recovering from a tumultuous election cycle, voting rights remain at the forefront of the legal and political discourse. This year, the Supreme Court is deciding two cases regarding Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), an act passed in 1965 to end White supremacist voting laws. These decisions […]

Blood Quantum and the White Gatekeeping of Native American Identity

From the time that European colonists set foot on American shores and made contact with Native[1] peoples, they have sought to control the land and resources that first belonged to the tribes. One means of control was defining what it meant to be an “Indian.” The dominant White society in the United States has changed […]

Antitrust as Antiracist

The federal antitrust laws—three statutes enacted over a century ago—are in the spotlight. The year 2020 brought a new reckoning with corporate power and a resurgent interest in using antitrust law as a force for populist change. The “hipster antitrust” movement argues that the focus of antitrust policy should not be limited to market power […]