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  • 27 Jul 2015 5:45 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    In her contribution to the Yale Law Journal’s symposium on arbitration, Judith Resnik analyzes the last thirty years of the Supreme Court’s cases interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act and reaches a surprising conclusion:  Although these decisions have encouraged the “mass production of arbitration clauses” requiring hundreds of millions of consumers and employees to use arbitration to resolve disputes, these groups almost never do so.  In other words, Resnik finds that the practical effect of the Court’s arbitration jurisprudence has been to replace a system of public judicial dispute resolution with no dispute resolution at all.    SCOTUS Blog.   Read More


  • 27 Jul 2015 5:40 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    A federal appeals court, arguing that the Supreme Court’s abortion rights rulings leave too little room for states to limit the procedure to protect fetal life, has urged the Justices to reconsider a basic idea behind Roe v. Wade.  The idea, never explicitly abandoned by the Court, is that states are forbidden to ban abortions before a fetus is capable of living outside the woman’s body.   SCOTUS Blog.   Read More


  • 24 Jul 2015 11:20 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Ukrainian parliament on Friday voted to call local elections across the country in October, but not in the rebel-occupied east. The Kiev government has had no control over parts of eastern Ukraine since separatist rebels began fighting government forces in April 2014, a conflict that has since claimed more than 6,400 lives. An armistice signed in February by Ukraine, Russia and the Russia-backed rebels called for local elections in eastern rebel-held areas as one step toward a comprehensive cease-fire, which has not been achieved yet.   Washington Post.   Read More

  • 24 Jul 2015 11:18 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    In a July 17 discussion at the Atlantic Council marking the first anniversary of the downing of MH17, panelists weighed in on its implications for the Ukraine conflict. Organized by the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, the event featured (from left to right) Julia Ioffe, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine; Rudy Bouma, senior reporter for Dutch current affairs TV program Nieuwsuur; Iggy Ostanin, a Russian investigative journalist at Bellingcat; and VICE News journalist Simon Ostrovsky.    Atlantic Council.   Read More

  • 24 Jul 2015 11:16 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The delegation which will represent Ukraine at the upcoming investment conference in Washington on July 13 will present a new tax policy for the gas sector which has been designed to increase gas production, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said during a meeting at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry in Kyiv.   Interfax-Ukraine.   Read More

  • 24 Jul 2015 11:14 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    This week, I had the opportunity to participate in the first ever U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum, co-hosted by the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the forum, Vice President Biden, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, U.S. business leaders, other government officials, and I met to discuss the future of American business in Ukraine and an improved economic partnership.   Commerce.gov.   Read More
  • 24 Jul 2015 11:10 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets.   The WSJ.  Read More

  • 24 Jul 2015 10:53 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)
    From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behaviour. Their immediate impact is bearable. Moreover, they do nothing to diminish Russia’s most usable and effective form of power: military force. Given the stakes, the case for strengthening Ukraine’s defences is compelling. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/support-ukraine-west-must-go-beyond-sanctions#sthash.HTJmBSzR.dpuf
    From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behaviour. Their immediate impact is bearable. Moreover, they do nothing to diminish Russia’s most usable and effective form of power: military force. Given the stakes, the case for strengthening Ukraine’s defences is compelling. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/support-ukraine-west-must-go-beyond-sanctions#sthash.HTJmBSzR.dpu

    From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behaviour. Their immediate impact is bearable. Moreover, they do nothing to diminish Russia’s most usable and effective form of power: military force. Given the stakes, the case for strengthening Ukraine’s defences is compelling.    Chatham House.   Read More

    From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behaviour. Their immediate impact is bearable. Moreover, they do nothing to diminish Russia’s most usable and effective form of power: military force. Given the stakes, the case for strengthening Ukraine’s defences is compelling. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/support-ukraine-west-must-go-beyond-sanctions#sthash.HTJmBSzR.dpuf
    The Russian military offensive of August 2014 secured diplomatic concessions in Minsk that would not have been granted otherwise. An even more devastating offensive of January-February 2015, in blatant violation of the first Minsk agreement, produced a second Minsk accord even more flawed than the first. According to its terms, future election conditions, constitutional reform and the restoration of border control are subject to the agreement of the separatists, who have licence to withhold their consent indefinitely. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/support-ukraine-west-must-go-beyond-sanctions#sthash.HTJmBSzR.dpuf




    From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behaviour. Their immediate impact is bearable. Moreover, they do nothing to diminish Russia’s most usable and effective form of power: military force. Given the stakes, the case for strengthening Ukraine’s defences is compelling. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/support-ukraine-west-must-go-beyond-sanctions#sthash.HTJmBSzR.dpuf
    From the outset of the Ukraine crisis, the West has acted on the premise that economic sanctions would induce Russia to modify its actions. But while sanctions do constrain capacity, they do not constrain behaviour. Their immediate impact is bearable. Moreover, they do nothing to diminish Russia’s most usable and effective form of power: military force. Given the stakes, the case for strengthening Ukraine’s defences is compelling. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/support-ukraine-west-must-go-beyond-sanctions#sthash.HTJmBSzR.dpuf
  • 24 Jul 2015 10:51 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a criminal investigation of whether Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election illegally coordinated with wealthy conservative advocacy groups, concluding in a majority ruling that such involvement is protected political free speech. The decision ends a controversial, years-long inquiry that has cast a shadow over Walker’s presidential campaign, which he formally announced Monday. It also has implications for the 2016 election, as many considered the case a state-level test of the consequences that campaigns and outside groups could face if improper coordination is suspected.   Washington Post.  Read More

  • 24 Jul 2015 10:48 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    A coalition of liberal Democrats began a new campaign Thursday with a broad proposal to rewrite the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act to outlaw discrimination against gays in the workplace, in financial and housing markets, and in other areas of private and public life. Proponents describe the effort as the next gay rights movement.   Washington Post.   Read More

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