The Non-Partisan Teaching of Treaties and International Relations: Interview with Dr. Barbara Koremenos

Conducted by Christine Leung (PZ ‘19) and transcribed by Delaney Hewitt (SC ‘20) in spring of 2018. Barbara Koremenos, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago with a focus in International Law. Koremenos has published in both political science and law journals, including American…

Political Interference Threatens Limited Right to Abortion in Argentina

By Katya Pollock (PO’21) Last month, an 11-year-old in Argentina underwent a procedure similar to a caesarian section after officials in the northwestern province of Tucumán obstructed her right to a legal interruption of pregnancy (ILE). The girl, addressed using the pseudonym Lucía, had allegedly been raped by her grandmother’s 65-year-old partner. The case comes…

Rap Lyrics and the Evolution of First Amendment Protections

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Most petitions to the Supreme Court never receive a writ of certiorari, and thus are never adjudicated by the nation’s highest legal authority. With thousands of cases to consider, the Court must exercise extreme selectivity. However, when a petition is backed by amicus briefs from critically-acclaimed rappers and think…

The Anti-Vax Movement: A Legal Perspective

By Musa Kamara (PO’22) The American anti-vaccination (anti-vax) movement found its roots when British anti-vaccinationist William Tebb visited the United States in 1879. Following Tebb’s visit, anti-vax groups in California, Illinois, and Wisconsin began to form and have continued to develop to this day. In 1998, another British anti-vaccinationist, Andrew Wakefield, published a study that…