Is Green a Part of the Rainbow? Sharia, Homosexuality and LGBT Rights in the Muslim World

On June 17, 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) passed Resolution 17/19 on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”.  The adoption of this first ever resolution... Read More

South Africa’s Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Path to Democracy: An Annotated Interview with Dikgang Moseneke, Acting Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

On October 21, 2013, Justice Dikgang Moseneke of the Republic of South Africa was invited by the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice (the “Leitner Center”) at Fordham University School... Read More

South Africa’s Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Path to Democracy: An Annotated Interview with Dikgang Moseneke, Acting Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

On October 21, 2013, Justice Dikgang Moseneke of the Republic of South Africa was invited by the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice (the “Leitner Center”) at Fordham University School of Law to deliver a lecture entitled “South Africa: Transition, Democracy and the Courts,” moderated by Gay McDougall, the Mulligan Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Law. Shortly [...]

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To Judge or Not to Judge: A Comparative Analysis of Islamic Jurisprudential Approaches to Female Judges in the Muslim World (Indonesia, Egypt and Iran)

In 941 A.D., Thuml al-Qahramana served in a judicial capacity after initially acting as an advisor to the Muslim head of state.  She is the first, and perhaps only, Muslim female judge or “Qadiya” referenced in scholarly discourse on religion, gender and the law. Today, women serve in the judiciary in a number of Muslim [...]

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Narrowed Constellations in a Supranational Climate Change Regime Complex: The “Magic Number” Is Four

Just as the world community had almost given up hope for a timely solution to climate change, new events have created reason for cautious optimism that an effective solution may, after all, be found at the supranational scale:  In 2012, the 195 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) agreed that [...]

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South African Franchisees as Consumers: The South African Example

Franchising is a system of marketing and distribution where an independent businessperson, the franchisee, is granted the right to market the goods and services of another, the franchisor.  As a vehicle for entrepreneurship and investment, franchising allows for efficient expansion of good business practices, the development of intellectual property both domestically and internationally, and the [...]

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Collective Criminality and Individual Responsibility: The Constraints of Interpretation

International criminal law as prosecuted in the various international tribunals focuses on mass atrocity crimes:  genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and as the Appeals Chamber of the Yugoslavian Tribunal has explained, “most of the time these crimes do not result from the criminal propensity of single individuals but constitute manifestations of collective criminality: the [...]

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