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The New York Times
Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy
President Trump is poised in the coming days to announce his plans to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, while also gutting several smaller but significant policies aimed at curbing global warming. The moves are intended to send an unmistakable signal to the nation and the world that Mr. Trump intends to follow through on his campaign vows to rip apart every element of what the president has called Mr. Obama’s “stupid” policies to address climate change. The timing and exact form of the announcement remain unsettled, however....“Trump’s announcements have zero impact,” said Richard J. Lazarus
, a professor of environmental law at Harvard. “They don’t change existing law at all.”
The Harvard Crimson
Law School Students Participate in Human Rights Hearing on Immigration
Two students from Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic argued that the United States was no longer a “safe country” for refugees before the Inter-American Committee on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. Tuesday...The human rights committee, which promotes human rights in the Western hemisphere, granted the HIRC’s request to participate in this hearing last week. The HIRC’s team—which included HIRC Assistant Director Sabi Ardalan
and Law School students Jin U. Kim
[`18] and Malenei C. Alleyne
[`17]—centered their statements on the status of the agreement, whose integrity Kim said was imperiled by the executive orders.
Danger in the internet echo chamber
...In a new book, “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media,” Harvard Law School’s Cass R. Sunstein
argues that social media curation dramatically limits exposure to views and information that don’t align with already-established beliefs, which makes it harder and harder to find an essential component of democracy — common ground. In an email exchange, Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, talked about how America needs to restore “serendipity” online and bring back the conditions necessary for a healthy democracy in the digital era.
Review: Harvard Law School Professor Tells Real U.S. Constitution Story
What is it about our U. S. Constitution that gets everyone so stirred up? It is among the most referred to documents in recent history. It is a secular document but it holds an almost religious sacredness to it...In his new book, "The Farmers' Coup, The Making of the United States Constitution," Harvard Law professor Michael J. Klarman
, PhD points out that even in its conception, the U.S. Constitution was drafted from ordinary things (including human limitations) much like today. He told this reporter, when asked what are some of the misconceptions people today still have? "I think people tend to think of the Constitution as reflecting timeless principles of governance, whereas, in fact, there was a great deal of interest-group bargaining over both the drafting and ratification of the Constitution."
What’s A Constitutional Crisis, And Are We Headed For One Over Trump’s Travel Ban?
Legal experts are having a field day debating whether President Donald Trump has plunged the United States into a “Constitutional crisis,” a loaded term but a somewhat elusive concept...“In mere months, Trump has already embraced policies that threaten basic individual rights, the structure of government, and the foundations of our democratic society. We’ve even had to learn words new to most of us — like 'emoluments' — to grasp the full scope of his illegal conduct,” wrote Laurence Tribe
, a professor of Constitutional law at Harvard Law School, in an email.
Comey Finds the Goldilocks Zone of Disclosure
An op-ed by Noah Feldman
. FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Monday that the bureau is investigating possible connections between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia sparked complaints among Democrats that he should’ve said so back in July. But that gets things exactly backward. The time for the FBI director to disclose an investigation is not when it’s just getting started, and he chooses to make the announcement unilaterally. It’s when the investigation is under way, and Congress is asking for a sworn statement in reply.
In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past
This was the proposal: Deliberately infect a small group of consenting adults with the Zika virus to learn about the disease and speed up the search for a vaccine. The need is clear...That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel is an especially good model in both its composition — expertise in law, medicine, medical science, social sciences, vaccine research and advocacy and bioethics — and its transparency. The findings are there for all to see on the NIH website, including the researchers, who now have more to do before receiving the NIH go-ahead for their important work. “We didn’t want to be overly protective,” said Holly Lynch
, a member of the NIH ethics panel and executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School.