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Panama Papers Database

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On May 9, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) posted the documents, known as the Panama Papers, leaked by “John Doe” from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.  Despite a cease and desist order being issued to prevent it being made public, the database can be found at offshoreleaks.icij.org.  The Panama Papers include over 11 million financial and legal records that give insight into the use of secret off-shore companies.

Paris Climate Agreement Updates: Progress and a Problem for U.S. Policy & the Future of the Agreement

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On April 22, 2016, Earth Day, at the Signing Ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters, the Paris Climate Agreement was signed by 175 countries-- more countries signed on the first day the agreement was open for signatures than had for any previous international agreement. This marks the first step toward ensuring that the Agreement enters into legal force as quickly as possible.  The agreement becomes operational when it is approved or ratified by 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse emissions.

Connecting to the CBA

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Law students my join the Connecticut Bar Association free of charge, and are automatically enrolled in the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section.  The YLS is a great group of active, younger attorneys.

Additionally, in the second half of the bar year you can join other sections for free as well.  Have an interest in Indian Law?  Join the Indian Law Section.  Are you intrigued by animal law?  There’s a section for that.  Banking?  You got it.  See all the sections and join for free

The Passing of a Giant

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The political and legal world is reeling with the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.  Appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, Justice Scalia’s jurisprudence was steeped in originalism.  In his almost thirty years on the court, his conservative voice was equally lauded and abhorred.  Justice Scalias’s voice is silenced now, but will echo down the halls of history.  Visit the library's catalog to locate books and read articles authored by Justice Scalia.

Iran Nuclear Accord – Voluntary Commitments or Binding Obligations?

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You may have heard that the sanctions imposed on Iran because of their nuclear program were lifted on January 16, 2016 in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) –the formal name for the Iran Nuclear Accord-- concluded in Vienna on July 14, 2015 and which went into effect October 18, 2015.

One of the criticisms of the JCPOA has been that it consists of “voluntary commitments” exchanged on a reciprocal basis.  There is no language of binding obligation found in the agreement itself.  Nor is there any understanding by any of the parties that it contains any other than “voluntary commitments”.