The Second Watergate? Presidential Power and the Criminal Prosecution of the Chief Executive

By Neil Banerji (Knox College) In February 2017, President Donald J. Trump’s request to then FBI director James Comey that he prematurely end the investigation of the national security advisor, Michael Flynn, has led to suspicions that the president may have committed an obstruction of justice. In response, the Department of Justice appointed another former…

President Trump’s Conflict of Interest and the Original Meaning of the Emoluments Clause

By Neil Banerji (Knox College) In light of heated public debate, popular opinion is divided as to whether President Donald J. Trump retaining ownership of his various corporations upon assuming office violates the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Law professors, state attorney generals, and Democratic legislators alike have enthusiastically filed major lawsuits against President Trump alleging that…

On the Legal Constitutionality of DACA

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) From the start of his campaign, President Trump declared to “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties.” This included DACA, a program that offered certain young unauthorized immigrants the chance to apply for work permits and temporary protection from deportation. Today, we see the reality of what had previously…

Instructions Not Included: International Law and the Story of the Timorese State

Phoebe Alpern (PO ‘20) Against the grim track record of ethnic cleansing, sectarian violence, and unmitigated genocide that defined United Nations interventions of the 1980s and 90s, the UN mission in East Timor was a debatable success: a rapid mobilization that spawned a transparent democratic referendum, restored thousands of refugees to their homes, and embraced…