Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and co-defendants return to court in November.
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A scholar who has visited Guantanamo 11 times to observe legal proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case explains why the conflict continues to delay the case going to trial.
How much importance does the Supreme Court place on prior decisions?
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There is value in observing legal precedent, but sometimes circumstances, logic or judges’ views determine it’s time to overturn it.
Unlike other professions dealing with human trauma, criminal lawyers are very rarely offered psychological support. New research aims to learn how best to improve this.
Students with certain disabilities are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
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The Department of Education is investigating whether state bans on mask requirements in schools discriminate against students with disabilities.
Time for a new slogan?
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The abortion rights debate has moved on from freedom to choose – it is now about having available options, a bioethicist writes.
Walter Plywaski fought for atheists to be given citizenship rights.
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Polish-born Holocaust survivor paved the way for atheists to refuse pledge to God in citizenship oath. But discrimination against nonreligious Americans remains.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford walks to his office in June 2020 as legislators debated the government’s legislation that enabled it to invoke the notwithstanding clause.
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By paying greater attention to the originally intended application of the Canadian Constitution’s notwithstanding clause, along with the diversity of lawmakers in Canada, there’s a better path forward.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court in session in 2018.
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South Africa’s Constitutional Court should offer no apology for its split judgments.
It takes generations to know whether a major court ruling has actually changed society.
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Even famous Supreme Court rulings like Brown v. Board of Education haven’t necessarily pushed US society forward in a linear direction.
Illuminating recent Supreme Court rulings.
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Religion was a common theme in some of the cases to come before the nine justices in the recently concluded Supreme Court term. Three experts help explain what is at stake.
Weighing unrestricted expression against fostering a tolerant public sphere will test the fundamental freedoms we cherish in our democratic society.
Can post-secondary students be punished for social media posts, even those made off-campus?
Anti-SLAPP law allows cases to be dismissed if they relate to public interest speech unless the case has merit and proceeding is in the public interest.
Anti-SLAPP laws are useful, and we need more of them across the country. They allow certain lawsuits to be dismissed at an early stage if they relate to public interest speech.
Since there’s no romantic relationship, judges are likely to default to ruling that platonic marriages are an attempt to game the system.
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Because any two consenting adults can get married in the US, a platonic marriage could pretty easily be pulled off. Legally speaking, though, it’s a sham.
The Food and Drug Administration on May 10, 2021, granted the first emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents.
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Each state has its own rules for which vaccines kids must have to attend school and the reasons students can opt out.
The move towards an open process for appointing judges is unprecedented in Lesotho.
The appointment of judges has hitherto been an obscure and oftentimes clandestine affair. This has produced incompetent judges and led to claims that the judiciary is beholden to the executive.
Proposed new hate speech laws would tighten legal definitions but broaden their potential application.
A woman ties a balloon that reads ‘In Solidarity with Survivors’ after former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi arrived at court in Toronto, in May 2016. He was later found not guilty.
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The solution to a defective, sexist Criminal Code ban can be found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Governments must take urgent action to prevent noncommunicable diseases from becoming an uncontrollable epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxation offers a potential solution.
Hospital staff in Lagos, Nigeria, administer the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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India and South Africa are pressing the World Trade Organization to waive patent rights to help ramp up vaccine production. There’s a better solution.
Conflicts between nomadic livestock farmers and crop farmers are common in Ghana.
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Institutional problems make it difficult to satisfy livestock and crop farmers’ interests, already in contest over agricultural resources.