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Harvard Law expert J.S. Nelson says that Elon Musk and the tech industry risk gains when they engage in disreputable business practices.
Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner asks whether ‘it is fair to use the criminal legal system’ to assess the actor’s responsibility.
‘A genuine debt ceiling crisis’?
January 23, 2023
Howell Jackson discusses what could happen if the United States defaults on its debts for the first time in history.
‘Just a little more free’
November 22, 2022
At the inaugural Belinda Sutton Distinguished Lecture, Johns Hopkins Professor Martha Jones chronicles her journey into her family’s ties to slavery and to Harvard.
‘Falling in love with your rat’: The criminal informant system in the US
November 18, 2022
HLS Alexandra Natapoff argues in her revised book that snitching undermines justice and recommends what we should do about it.
Why has the Supreme Court come under increased scrutiny?
November 16, 2022
In the third of a yearlong lecture series examining “The Supreme Court in a Constitutional Democracy," panelists debate reforming the Court.
Was Antonin Scalia originally an originalist?
October 26, 2022
In remarks made as part of the biennial Vaughan Academic Program, Harvard Law Professor Adrian Vermeule argued that the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia began his judicial career as a champion of the administrative state.
Hurricane Ian exposes cracks in Florida’s flood insurance market
October 14, 2022
Harvard Law expert Hannah Perls explains why so many Florida homeowners lack flood insurance and what should be done about it.
A panel of experts at Harvard Law School examine the Supreme Court’s fidelity to past precedents in the wake of the precedent-busting term.
Supreme Court preview: Merrill v. Milligan
September 23, 2022
Harvard Law Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos explains how the Alabama redistricting case could affect the future of the Voting Rights Act.
Take the money and run
September 12, 2022
Six months after cryptocurrency won the Super Bowl ad game, Harvard Law Professor Howell Jackson proposes a way to stabilize the now swooning industry.
September 6, 2022
In the wake of the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, former White House counsel and Harvard Law lecturer Neil Eggleston reveals how departing presidents have typically preserved official records.
Supreme Court preview: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District
April 20, 2022
The Supreme Court stands poised to decide whether a high school coach’s penchant for prayers with players poses First Amendment problems.
‘No one ever wants to feel that they don’t belong’
April 15, 2022
Monica Monroe, Harvard Law’s new assistant dean for community engagement, equity, and belonging, is focused on making sure everyone feels included.
Containing Russian aggression: Lessons from the Cold War
March 17, 2022
75 years later, the Truman Doctrine is as relevant as ever, says former diplomat and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.
‘There was no promise not to enlarge NATO’
March 16, 2022
Robert Zoellick, the U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate the end of the Cold War, says Vladimir Putin’s claims about Ukraine are part of a disinformation campaign.
Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Alex Whiting, deputy specialist prosecutor at the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague, outlines the path from investigation to trial, and ultimately to justice.
The war in Ukraine and international law
March 2, 2022
To understand the implications of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine under international law, Harvard Law Today reached out to Professors Gabriella Blum and Naz K. Modirzadeh, both experts in the laws of war.
A tough road for suing gun makers
February 23, 2022
Harvard Law Professor Rebecca Tushnet says that, despite the $73 million settlement between Sandy Hook families and Remington Arms, victims of future gun crimes still ‘face an uphill road.’
Ukraine in the balance
February 20, 2022
Harvard Law negotiation expert Rachel Viscomi ’01 analyzes the playing field as the U.S. and its allies confront Russian troop buildup on Ukraine’s borders.
When Nixon went to China
February 17, 2022
On the 50th anniversary of President Nixon's visit, China experts William Alford and Mark Wu discuss whether the president may be getting too much credit for his history-making journey.
Fed up with inflation
January 24, 2022
Former Federal Reserve Bank member Daniel Tarullo says the Fed has “fallen behind the curve” in raising interest rates to help tame rising inflation and “needs to play some catch-up.”
Weighing President Biden’s first year: Executive power
January 18, 2022
Former White House Counsel Neil Eggleston says President Biden has “restored dignity and public purpose to the White House” but that his agenda faces strong opposition from some state attorneys general.
Weighing President Biden’s first year: The federal courts
January 13, 2022
Harvard Law School expert Mark Tushnet says the Biden administration has succeeded in appointing federal judges and also “opened space” for discussion of Supreme Court reform.
Weighing President Biden’s first year: Voting and elections
January 11, 2022
Harvard Law School election law expert Ruth Greenwood applauds the Biden administration’s support for new voting legislation, but says the filibuster remains an obstacle to finishing the job.
Supreme Court preview: Shurtleff v. Boston
January 7, 2022
Sanford Levinson speaks with Harvard Law Today on the question before the Supreme Court: Whether Boston can deny a religious group permission to fly a Christian flag on a Boston City Hall flagpole it labeled a “public forum” for “all applicants.”
January 6, 2021: Harvard Law experts reflect a year later
January 4, 2022
Harvard Law Today asked experts from across Harvard Law School to share their perspectives on January 6, 2021, the events that have unfolded since, and the implications for American democracy going forward.
Waiving COVID vaccine patent rights? It’s complicated
December 27, 2021
Harvard Law Today recently spoke to Professors Terry Fisher and Ruth Okediji about COVID-19 vaccine challenges in the global south, waiving drug-maker patents, and what they propose to reform the system in time for the next pandemic.
Acquitted: Assessing the Rittenhouse trial
November 19, 2021
Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner, now a senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, talks about the verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, how the trial was conducted, and comparisons to the ongoing trial of the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery.
In a conflict between justice and the Constitution, ‘why should the Constitution prevail’?
November 16, 2021
Can, or even should, Americans break the U.S. Constitution when, in their view, justice demands it? As Noah Feldman and Nikolas Bowie discussed at a recent Harvard Law School Library Book Talk, that question is very much alive today.
Does the Constitution allow a billionaire tax?
October 28, 2021
Would a tax on billionaires be constitutional? How would it work in practice? And would it work at all? Harvard Law School Professor Thomas J. Brennan says the answers are complicated.
Supreme Court preview: New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen
October 22, 2021
Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Mark Tushnet explains SCOTUS’s upcoming gun control case, New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.
Power to the people
October 12, 2021
In “Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism,” co-authors Mark Tushnet and Bojan Bugarič argue that populism is neither inherently conservative nor necessarily inconsistent with constitutional democracy.
‘A huge crisis that we’ve never experienced before’
October 7, 2021
Harvard Law Today recently spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Howell E. Jackson about what could happen if the United States defaulted on its debts for the first time in history.
Can Donald Trump still assert executive privilege?
September 28, 2021
Former White House Counsel and Harvard Law Lecturer Neil Eggleston explains the legal doctrine, its origins, and how it applies to ex-presidents.
Moderating free speech
September 27, 2021
At a Federalist Society event, David French ’94 says government “should keep its hands off” social media and argues that support for free speech is waning across the political spectrum.
Investigating mask mandate bans
September 13, 2021
Michael Ashley Stein ’88, executive director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, says the Department of Education should go beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act in investigating state bans against mandating face coverings in schools.
Cuba’s ‘uncertain future’
July 19, 2021
Harvard Law Today recently reached out to Visiting Professor Rafael Cox Alomar ’04 to learn more about what is behind recent protests in Cuba, the Biden administration’s response, and whether there is likely to be a lasting impact.
Is the U.S. in a cyber war?
July 14, 2021
Harvard Law Today recently spoke with homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem ’95 about what the U.S. can do to deter future ransomware attacks.
Professor Noah Feldman, who first proposed the idea of the Oversight Board to Facebook, weighs in on its decision to deplatform President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
Disinformation on trial
February 17, 2021
Tort law expert and Harvard Law Professor John C.P. Goldberg explains what election technology companies Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems must do to prove their claims of defamation against former former Trump allies, how likely they are to succeed, and whether these types of lawsuits might have an impact in the fight against disinformation.
Should smokers be prioritized for COVID vaccine?
February 2, 2021
Should smoking be among the pre-existing health risks that qualify people for priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine? Harvard Law public health expert Carmel Shachar says the answer is yes.
Harvard Law Professor Ruth Okediji believes recent events can reinvigorate American democracy and serve as a lesson for the world.
Did implicit bias lead to breach of U.S. Capitol?
January 8, 2021
Harvard Law School’s James Tierney says police would have treated Black Lives Matter protesters differently.
What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine
December 3, 2020
Public health expert Carmel Shachar discusses the COVID-19 vaccine, who is likely to get it first, and whether people can be required to get vaccinated.
All the president’s pardons
December 1, 2020
Can President Donald J. Trump pardon himself before his term ends in January? This hotly debated legal question was given new urgency by the president’s recent decision to pardon Michael T. Flynn, his first national security adviser who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his contacts with Russia.
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program scores a victory for asylum seekers
November 20, 2020
In recent court victory, students from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program help safeguard the lives of countless asylum seekers by preventing more stringent federal immigration rules from going into effect.