Kids’ Lawsuit Over Climate Change

By Andrea Sinele* In Juliana v. United States, a group of twenty-one children ages nine to twenty-one, along with Dr. James Hansen, sued the fossil fuel industry and Executive Branch, specifically the President, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.[1] Plaintiffs allege that the offices have violated their fundamental right to a stable […]

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Fintech Disruption: Balancing Financial Services Innovation and Regulation

By Alex Kraik* The financial services sector, specifically banking, has been mostly impervious to new competition. This is due to regulatory bulwarks that create barriers to entry and the industry’s unique business model.[1]  However, over the past decade, the staid financial world has attracted new industry participants.  These interlopers are beginning to pose a serious […]

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Conserving the Value of Conservation Easement Valuations

By Joan Campau* In December 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, a section of which expanded and made permanent several tax deductions intended to incentivize private land conservation through conservation easements.[1] While conservationists celebrate this milestone, there is growing concern that conservation easements are being utilized as tax shelters […]

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Cultural Heritage Protection as Environmental Protection

by Joel Richert* For the first time, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has prosecuted the destruction of cultural heritage. [1] In 2012, the Ansar Eddine, an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb associated militant group based in Northern Mali, captured the city of Timbuktu and imposed strict Islamic law on a previously moderate society. [2] Ahmad […]

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