Category Archives: Analysis

Trump’s Border Wall: Waive Goodbye to Environmental Protection

JACOB HENSCH—Since Trump issued Executive Order 13767, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has waived dozens of environmental laws for border wall construction projects in California, Texas, and New Mexico. The waivers were issued pursuant to section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 […]

How Should the Government Respond to Big Pharma’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic?

CASEY SOARES—My friend Danny woke up Christmas morning to news that his neighbor died from an opioid overdose overnight. Although Danny found the news upsetting, he was not surprised; Danny lives in Taunton, Massachusetts, a city struggling with the opioid epidemic. Embed from Getty Images Every day, more than 100 people die from opioid overdose. […]

Tweeting Beyond Borders: Can Foreign Governments Compel Twitter to Release Private Data?

CAITLYN CULLEN—On October 28, Brazilians elected right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro as their next president. Bolsonaro secured nearly 55% of Brazilians’ votes with a campaign that was heavily centered on his social media presence. Election results were met with a wave of both celebration and protest across the country, which comes as no surprise given the […]

The Unconstitutionality of Trump’s Executive Order to End Birthright Citizenship

ANGEL SANCHEZ—Who are “All persons born…in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof”? The answer governs who is constitutionally entitled to birthright citizenship. The Citizenship Clause provides that: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein […]

PDVSA US Litigation Trust v. Lukoil Pan Americas LLC

LAUREN ALVAREZ—On March 3, 2018, a litigation trust for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PDVSA”), sued international oil companies Lukoil, Glencore, Trafigura AG, and Vitol, among others, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to bribe Venezuelan officials and corrupt oil company employees in exchange for advance information about crude oil prices. […]