How Gender and Climate Change Intersect: A Case Study from Iraq

Written by Sierra Buehlman Barbeau   Iraq’s water supplies have been deteriorating for several decades, especially in the agriculture and domestic sectors.[1] This disaster drastically affects the Marsh Arabs, a community that relies on the marshes in Southern Iraq for survival. Many problems have contributed to this situation, including local and national mismanagement, the oil…
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Commerce’s Use of Adverse Facts Available in Anti-Dumping Investigation on Urea Ammonium Nitrate Solutions from Russia

Written by Mia Howard Introduction Recently, the Department of Commerce’s (“Commerce”) use of adverse facts available (“AFA”) has become one of the most controversial aspects of the United States’ trade remedies regime.[1] Under Sections 776(a)(1) and 776(a)(2)(A)-(D) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), Commerce may apply AFA after determining a party to the…
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A Shot in the Democratic Backsliding Dark: Poland’s Road to Judicial Independence Recovery 

Written By Reganne Hardy A Shot in the Democratic Backsliding Dark: Poland’s Road to Judicial Independence Recovery For the past eight years, the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc, PiS for short) dominated Poland’s elections. PiS is characterized by its intense right-wing, nationalist rule and promise to undo Western liberal influence through media and…
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Human Rights and Climate Change: An Introduction

Written by Sierra Buehlman Barbeau This article provides background information for our latest podcast episode, The Future of Climate Change and Human Rights, which discusses upcoming international court advisory opinions on human rights and climate change. Climate change is drastically impacting the human rights of people around the world. As climate change worsens and society…
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Rethinking Polluter Pays: Would “Exploiter Pays” Achieve More?

Written by Sierra Buehlman Barbeau Introduction: One of the fundamental challenges of international environmental law in the 21st century is determining responsibility and reparations for the harms stemming from climate change. When considering the massive damages developing countries and low-lying countries have experienced and will face due to climate change, there is much debate over…
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Addressing the Cocaine Hippo in the Room: Ethical Dilemmas of Invasive Species Management under the Biodiversity Convention 

Written By Kathleen Burns The hippopotamus is listed as a vulnerable species and is facing serious anthropogenic threats in Africa.[1] Across the Atlantic Ocean, however, hippos are thriving in the Magdalena River basin of Colombia, making them the largest invasive animal in the world.[2] Their devastating impact on the surrounding environment presents an ethical dilemma…
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