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The Death Blow for British Coal - In These Times
"New revelations have surfaced about police brutality in Thatcher’s 1984 battle with miners."
law  protests  legal  unions  country(GreatBritain)  1980s  labor  oppression 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy | Common Dreams
"New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent"
occupy  law  protests  legal  oppression 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Privacy in the developing world: a global research agenda | Privacy International
Privacy is internationally recognized as a fundamental right. Yet the confines of the right to privacy are subject to never-ending games of tug-of-war between individuals, governments and corporations. These games are rarely fair – individuals are often under-informed and lack the capacity to assert and protect their privacy, while those who seek to erode it are increasingly overbearing and secretive. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where the absence of adequate legal and institutional frameworks and safeguards facilitates unhindered corporate intrusion into privacy.
privacy  world  international  law  legal  developing 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Judge Janice Rogers Brown wants to return to the libertarian legal notions of the 1930s. - Slate Magazine
At the risk of saying it again, whatever the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Obamacare in June, the net effect of the case has been to illustrate how dramatically the nation’s federal courts have shifted to the right. This shift isn’t evident only in terms of the judiciary’s willingness to embrace long-dormant libertarian ideas, but also in its willingness to wholeheartedly adopt the political language and tone in which these ideas are packaged. Liberals who don’t think of the courts as a political issue should read Judge Brown’s concurrence closely, not merely as an example of the ways partisan politics are bleeding into the federal courts, but as a warning about how radically the federal courts are poised to reshape our politics.    
law  legal  supreme-court  libertarian  conservative  republican  judicial 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom — Pro-commerce ∙ Pro-competition ∙ Anti-monopoly
The Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF) is dedicated to building public awareness of the manner in which laws and policies impede innovation, creativity, communication, learning, knowledge, emulation, and information sharing. We are for property rights, free markets, competition, commerce, cooperation, and the voluntary sharing of knowledge, and oppose laws that systematically impede or hamper innovation, especially those enforced in the name of defending "intellectual property," such as patent and copyright
intellectual-property  freedom  copyright  property  innovation  law  legal 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Many agree, none act: to ease untold misery, legalise drugs | Peter Wilby | Comment is free | The Guardian
"But it goes, I think, even deeper than that. Control of drugs is deeply embedded in the DNA of modern government. The criminalisation of drug use, in the west at least, is almost entirely a 20th-century development. Laudanum, a tincture of opium, was in common use in Victorian England and Coca-Cola, invented in 1886, contained cocaine until 1903. No US state banned cannabis until 1915 and it remained legal in England until the 1920s, as did heroin and cocaine. The rise of conscript armies and Fordist mass production prompted the change, briefly affecting alcohol – the US took the first steps towards prohibition during the first world war – along with other drugs. Nobody wanted a drowsy numbness to overcome men marching into battle or clocking onto the production line."
drugs  policy  legal  law  regulation  failure 
june 2011 by tsuomela
The Slow Change in Legal Discourse: Why Humans Are Dumber Than Frogs - Garrett Epps - National - The Atlantic
The word "private," in fact, seemed to have an almost hypnotic effect on the Court. Chief Justice John Roberts said "the decision is made by a private entity whether to use the money to go to a religious school." True, but that's quite different from "private choice" by parents. Under the Constitution, the state couldn't limit parents' choice by ruling out schools on religious grounds; an STO can. It's almost as if the government could get around any constitutional limitation by just farming the work out to "private entities."

And of course, that's increasingly what we as a society are doing. Our very notion of what is public is shrinking. Wars are fought by "private" contractors, prisons are run by "private" companies. Great state universities are "privatized" and taken out of state control. We hear increasing demands that all or most public employees be replaced by workers hired and paid by private companies.
private  market  discourse  legal  law  supreme-court  public  public-sphere 
november 2010 by tsuomela
What is a Fact? - Credit Slips
Is this a question of fact or of law? "Fact, of course," said the students. So I asked how this fact could be proven. What followed was a wonderful, multi-student discussion of maginal pricing, elasticity of demand, etc. Even as I pressed on the presumptions underlying the deductive model--fully informed parties, competitive markets, low transactions costs, etc--the students hung on to their model. They were smart and sophisticated in their arguments, but the bottom line was that they "proved" the fact of lower costs deductively by appling what they saw as immutable economic principles...Perhaps my class was abberational, but it made me wonder about how we are educating our students, both before and during law school. Is it all about deduction, with nothing left over for reality?
education  deduction  law-school  law  legal  economics  empiricism  philosophy  public-policy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Are Cameras the New Guns?
In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.
law  police  photography  rights  video  legal  technology  privacy  censorship  power  open-source 
june 2010 by tsuomela
MinnLawyer blog
from the publishers of Minnesota Lawyer.
weblog-group  magazine  law  legal  minnesota  business 
february 2010 by tsuomela
American Rights at Work - Free and Fair? How Labor Law Fails U.S. Democratic Election Standards
The report investigates how current union election procedures measure up to U.S. democratic standards. In spite of the presence of secret ballots, the report concludes that union representation elections fall alarmingly short of living up to the most fundamental tenets of democracy.
unions  democratic  business  work  labor  law  legal  election  freedom 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Orcinus - Gun show dealers caught on video selling to people who tell them they'd fail a background check
It shows the dirty little secret that everyone who attends gun shows with any kind of discerning eye can tell you: There are a lot of illegitimate transactions taking place at them -- and particularly a lot of sales of guns to people who could never pass a background check.
guns  gun-control  law  legal 
october 2009 by tsuomela » How Shall We Govern the (Online) Commons?
David Bollier outlines some possible online governing strategies for the commons.
commons  speech  law  legal  online  governance 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Sketchy evidence raises doubt - The Denver Post
Long story about a Colorado murder and the on-off investigation of Tim Masters who was convicted 12 years after the crime based on his "violent" drawings from a notebook he had kept as a teenager.
crime  law  evidence  police  legal  murder 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Legal Education Commons | The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
The Legal Education Commons (LEC) is the place to find and share legal education materials including syllabi, podcasts, presentations, and more. Faculty and librarians from CALI member schools can upload materials under a Creative Commons license that allows colleagues and students to find and use the materials.
education  law  legal  online  reference  creative-commons  open-education  open-courseware  syllabi  court-opinions 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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