Blog Posts for 2016-02

The Passing of a Giant


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 Scalia’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?


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”.