China’s Charter 77 Moment?

The Economist ran a leader in last week’s edition arguing that Xi Jinping’s new enthusiasm for the rule of law, as indicated by a raft of new policies related to China’s constitution is “good news in two ways”: First, it…

Campus Rape & A Lower Drinking Age

Probably no matter what intellectual circles you tend to inhabit you’ve read something recently about rape culture, campus rape, or California’s new “Yes Means Yes” law. Of all the commentary these topics have provoked, Robby Soave’s post for Reason on Wednesday…

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission: We Will Now Return to Our Original Programming

Big news this week! How I Met Your Mother Series finale. I think I’m ok with Ted ending up with Robin the execution was a little poor… No no, we mean the Supreme Court releasing its decision for McCutcheon v….

Free Speech and Nazis

Just a couple weeks back Spiegel Online ran an article, “Should Neo-Nazi Students be Named and Shamed?“, that gives this blog a provocative (eh, probably not that provocative) opportunity to put its namesake first principles to the test. The authors describe…

The Seeming Contradiction of Finland’s Patria Ruling

Yesterday saw a Finnish court rule on its slice of the Patria Affair and acquit former executives of the Finnish defense firm of charges of bribery in connection with a military procurement contract in Slovenia. The case is one which has managed…

Regulatory Trade-offs in Banking

Here is a paper about Basel. Specifically, about the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. It’s riveting stuff, and well worth a read.* Since the Basel process is substantially about establishing common bank capital standards, the authors (Michael S. Barr and…

A Return To The Blogosphere

Not that anyone reads this with regularity, however I thought I’d mark my return as a regulator contributor to the blog this week, now that my finals are over. The last three weeks were filled with constant reading and writing…

Intervening Without the U.N. – More Legal Than You Thought?

Back when it looked like we were only days away from seeing American bombers over Syria, my coauthor and I exchanged views  via email over precisely this subject – whether there was an argument for the legality of intervention even…

Not Just Lawyers, But People, Are Bad at Math

One of my living heroes, Richard Posner, lamented the growing numbers of lawyers who are bad at math in a decision published this past week. He noted a common refrain that I hear daily among my law school classmates: “I went…

Do Law Review Articles Suck?

Yesterday the NYT published an article decrying the current state of Law Review articles. While I don’t mean to defend the publication of every article, I do think the article entire misses the point of the journals and its comparison with…