Should Crime Pay: A Critical Assessment of the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996

The role of victim restitution in the criminal justice system has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. During that time, Congress enacted a series of legislation designed to strengthen and expand restitution at the federal level, morphing victim restitution from a judicial afterthought to a legislative mandate. The most notable piece of legislation was […]

Accountability for Private Military Contractors under the Alien Statute

This paper examines private military companies’ potential liability under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) for human rights abuses committed abroad while under contract with the U.S. government. Following a review of the existing literature and relevant case law, I conclude that private military companies (“PMCs”) may indeed be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute. […]

Full Faith and Credit for Status Records: A Reconsideration of Gardiner

The piece examines the level of faith and credit for executive documents (such as birth certificates) required by the Full Faith and Credit Clause. While the Supreme Court has fairly clearly explained “how much” faith and credit states must give to the judgments and statutes of their sister states, it has never clearly explained how […]

Headwinds to a Clean Energy Future: Nuisance Suits against Wind Energy Projects in the United States

In recent years, wind energy production has expanded exponentially in the United States. With this staggering growth of wind power in areas both rural and urban, neighboring property-owners have become more vocal in their opposition to the construction of new wind turbines. This comment analyses the current body of case law on nuisance lawsuits against […]

Defrauding the American Dream: Predatory Lending in Latino Communities and Reform of California’s Lending Law

The recent mortgage crisis has brought national media attention to the problem of predatory lending. Predatory lenders target vulnerable communities who have been precluded from conventional financial markets, and minority communities are disproportionately affected. This Note examines predatory lending in the Hispanic population to illustrate why California’s anti-predatory lending law is not effective. Many of […]

Lessons from Punjab’s Missing Girls: Toward a Global Feminist Perspective on Choice in Abortion

Finding Instruction from Punjab’s “Missing Girls”: Towards a Global Feminist Perspective on “Choice” in Abortion employs the current phenomenon of sex-selective abortions in Punjab (India) to call for a re-evaluation of the concept of “choice” as it pertains to women’s reproductive freedom. It is hoped that this case study of sex selection in Punjab will […]

Disaster in the Amazon: Dodging Boomerang Suits in Transnational Human Rights Litigation

Over the past two decades, the number of lawsuits filed against multinational corporate entities for environmental degradation and human rights abuses has skyrocketed. At the same time, U.S. courts have shown an increasing reluctance to hear such cases, turning to the common-law doctrine forum non conveniens (FNC) as a basis for dismissal. FNC dismissals usually […]