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Joseph Fishkin William E. Forbath

We must reject the legal liberalism that attempts to cordon off constitutional questions from democratic politics.

People gathered at the UN Human Rights Council
Zachary Manfredi

Critics say human rights discourse blunts social transformation. It doesn’t have to.

Stuart Streichler

Amidst the January 6 hearings, the fiftieth anniversary of Nixon’s scandal reminds us that it has only gotten harder to hold presidents accountable.

Paul Gowder

The language of universal rights can be a powerful tool for advancing social justice.

Harmony Goldberg Erica Smiley

Recent union drives point the way to more effective action against corporate power.

Rachel Rebouché

It is time to stop talking about Roe as the touchstone for abortion rights and to start imagining what law and policy can do to facilitate affordable and available services.

Mary Bernstein

In the fight for LGBTQ equality, the law is often the last thing to change.

Joshua Cohen Deborah Chasman

In a deeply unequal society, the law can certainly impede progress, but it also remains an essential resource in building a more just world.

Amna A. Akbar Sameer Ashar Jocelyn Simonson

When we think, write, and act alongside movements, we help disrupt the everyday violence of law and imagine more radical transformation.

Matt Nadel

Angel Francisco Breard was executed by Virginia in contempt of a treaty that required his home country to be notified when he was first charged. What difference might it have made if the U.S. had obeyed the law?

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Professor of Law and Government at Cornell University. Margulies was Counsel of Record in Rasul v. Bush (2004), involving detentions at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station.