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The Prosecution Of International Crimes: Prospects And Pitfalls, Louise Arbour Jan 1999

The Prosecution Of International Crimes: Prospects And Pitfalls, Louise Arbour

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

This essay details the accomplishments and shortcomings of the International Criminal Tribunals and the prosecution of international criminals. The paper makes note of the recent progress in convicting international criminals through an open and transparent process applying widely accepted international standards of criminal justice. On the other hand, the paper highlights the difficulties in merging international and criminal law given the vast diversity of legal systems and the limited access of evidence.


Corporate Law Firms And The Perversion Of Justice: What Public Interest Lawyers Can Do About It, Ralph Nader Jan 1999

Corporate Law Firms And The Perversion Of Justice: What Public Interest Lawyers Can Do About It, Ralph Nader

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Law schools today have greatly improved over the past forty years. The question is if they have improved enough.


“Planned Parenthood”: Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, And The New Ideal Family, Susan Frelich Appleton Jan 1999

“Planned Parenthood”: Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, And The New Ideal Family, Susan Frelich Appleton

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

The purposes of adoption as an institution have come full circle. Historical studies teach us that in ancient times the practice served the interests of the adopter. In American adoption statutes, however, this objective gave way to a more humanitarian goal, providing for the welfare of dependent children, with the “best interests of the child” serving as the guiding principle. Yet today, the social and legal context of adoption once again emphasizes adopters’ interests. In this era of planned parenthood, adoption has become simply one of several avenues for the infertile to pursue in their quest to create a family ...


Introduction: The Social Responsibility Of Lawyers, Karen Tokarz Jan 1999

Introduction: The Social Responsibility Of Lawyers, Karen Tokarz

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Washington University School of Law inaugurated its Public Interest Law Speakers Series, entitled “Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers,” during the 1998-1999 school year. One of the goals of this on-going series is to highlight the social justice responsibility of lawyers. Through the series, the School hopes to send a strong message to our students and to the community that access to justice is an important part of the professional responsibility of lawyers and the professional responsibility education of Washington University graduates. Another goal of the series is to bring together students, faculty, alumni, and members of the ...


Getting Beyond A Property In Race, Derrick Bell Jan 1999

Getting Beyond A Property In Race, Derrick Bell

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

The policy choices that lawyers promote will have far more significance for our children and our grandchildren than will the credentials that we wield as we confront the intricacies of government and private enterprise. Each lawyer’s vision of society and his or her dedication to the dignity of individuals will affect the quality of life in our country in ways that mere technical skill in drafting a document, constructing a statute, writing a brief, or authoring a law review article can never approach. If lawyers are to play the important social and moral roles that I believe we can ...


The Rehnquist Court & Justice: An Oxymoron?, Erwin Chemerinsky Jan 1999

The Rehnquist Court & Justice: An Oxymoron?, Erwin Chemerinsky

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

From the perspective of public interest law, the Rehnquist Court, simply put, is a disaster.


Poverty, Race, And New Directions In Child Welfare Policy, Dorothy E. Roberts Jan 1999

Poverty, Race, And New Directions In Child Welfare Policy, Dorothy E. Roberts

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

In this Essay I will present some of my early thoughts about how race and class affect recent shifts in federal child welfare policy.


Adoption, Race, And Group-Based Harm, Larry May Jan 1999

Adoption, Race, And Group-Based Harm, Larry May

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

I wish to discuss Dorothy Roberts’ powerful and original contribution to the debates about race, adoption, and child welfare from three different perspectives. First, as a philosopher I agree with many things Roberts says about the nature of race and social justice. Second, as an adoptive parent I challenge some of Roberts’ views about adoption, especially transracial adoption. Third, as a student of the law, I agree with the spirit but disagree with the letter of Roberts’ legal proposals. While we agree more than we disagree, I will emphasize the points of disagreement in order to better stimulate our collective ...


The Racial Injustice Of Poverty, Mark R. Rank Jan 1999

The Racial Injustice Of Poverty, Mark R. Rank

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Professor Roberts’ conclusion is that we should be attacking poverty to improve the well-being of children. In order to shed more light on this, I would like to briefly discuss some of the research on which I am currently working that looks at the issues of poverty and race in a different fashion. My recent work attempts to paint a much broader view of poverty by looking at childhood and adulthood as a whole. Rather than asking what the rate of poverty is at a single point in time in a child’s or adult’s life, the question I ...


Public Service In The Private Practice, William H. Webster Jan 1999

Public Service In The Private Practice, William H. Webster

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

I am going to talk about, not just the obligations, but also the privilege of service as a lawyer.