Trump’s Ban on Trans Military Members Formally Implemented

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Last Friday, the Department of Defense began implementing a new policy that effectively prevents transgender individuals from joining the military. Although the policy was announced in a Defense Department memorandum last month, enforcement began on April 12. This development follows efforts to curtail transgender military service by the Trump…

Duterte Exits from International Criminal Court, Sparking Backlash and Drawing Scrutiny

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) The Philippines officially left the International Criminal Court (ICC) two weeks ago, on March 17, thus ending the country’s participation in the Netherlands-based international tribunal. This comes a year after the Philippine government filed a notice of withdrawal to the UN, and it makes the island nation only the…

Future of the Draft: Could men’s rights and feminists groups score a shared victory?

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) A Texas court ruling might end the Military Selective System’s male-only draft policy. In a potentially groundbreaking decision, Judge Gray H. Miller of the federal court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the military draft’s exclusive targeting of men is unconstitutional. In his opinion, Judge Miller notes…

Philippines or Maharlika? The Legal Implementation and Implications of Changing a Country’s Name

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Rodrigo Duterte, the current President of the Philippines, regularly garners controversy for his profane speech and uncompromising policies. From instigating a violent war on drugs to spurning the U.S. in favor of closer diplomatic ties with China, Duterte challenges the legal and political status quo of the Philippines with…