Planes, Trains . . . and Drones?

Unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more widely known as drones, have been a hot discussion topic in recent years. Last spring, Penn State hosted a program called “World on Trial” which examined the legality of the use of UAS by the U.S. Government to target suspected terrorists. Critics have argued the military’s use of drones violates […]

Brazil: A Biofuel Powerhouse

In contrast to a number of countries that have failed to create an economically viable biofuel industry, Brazil has developed the first successful biofuel economy in the world. With roots in a program first launched in 1975, Brazil’s success stems from a variety of factors that are seemingly unique to this South American nation. As […]

Libya: The Progression of a Failed State—From Benghazi to the Rise of ISIS

It has been over three years since the Benghazi terrorist attack took place when Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA contractors. Since its 2011 civil war which ultimately toppled Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has plunged into […]

Piercing the Veil: An Examination of the Constitutionality of France’s Burqa Ban

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 shocked the world and once again sparked debate about the place of religion in modern society. This debate intensified as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the slaughter.[1] While both the United States and France have been the targets of […]

You Have to Spend Money to Make Money: The Rise of Third-Party Litigation Finance in International Litigation

Over the years, as international commerce has become the norm, there has been a corresponding rise in international litigation and arbitration. Given that many international lawsuits are expensive, parties are looking for ways to decrease risk in these suits. The private capital markets have responded by offering third-party litigation financing (“TPLF”). TPLF is “a group […]

Dual Nationality Poses Double the Problems for Iranian-Americans

In December 2015, Congress passed a new Visa Waiver Program, which included substantial restrictions for travel between the U.S. and Iran for Iranian-Americans who have dual nationality.[1] Under the previous Visa Waiver Program, individuals from certain countries were able to travel to the U.S. without obtaining a visa in advance. Those countries reciprocated this policy, thereby […]

“Yes? Do You Have Full Capacity and Freedom To Say So?”

Rape is an especially horrid and heinous crime and something must be done to curtail the number of rapes occurring throughout the globe. The UN estimates that, globally, “one in five women will be a victim of a rape or an attempted rape in their lifetime.” Specifically, in the United Kingdom, the most recent data on […]

The International Megan’s Law and the Need for Reciprocation

On February 4, 2016, H.R. 515, International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders, was presented to President Barack Obama.[i] On February 8, President Obama signed the bill into law.[ii] The passage of the act establishes an International Megan’s Law that, among other things, requires […]

European Parliament’s Move to End Unjustified Geo-Blocking Leaves Questions Unanswered

Geo-blocking consists of blocking a person’s online access to goods, services or audiovisual content on the basis of territorial or geographical boundaries. The extent to which such actions are permissible in the EU remains an unresolved question. What exactly constitutes unjustified geo-blocking in Europe has been a mystery and topic for debate following the announcement of […]

Corruption and Bribery within FIFA: What’s Next for Soccer’s Governing Body

“They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest, and protect the integrity of the game. Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.” -Loretta Lynch, United States Department of Justice and Attorney General In May 2015 the U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 FIFA officials […]

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