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July, 2021

The Use of Cultural Authority in Constitutional Argument

Jul. 30, 2021—Andrew Jensen Kerr | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 215 (2021) | In this paper I reconcile the need for legal validity with the aspirations of popular constitutionalism, that is that the American people should be a source of authority as to the meaning of our Constitution. The Supreme Court has long relied on...

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Rationalizing a Spousal Confidential Communications Privilege Fit for the Twenty-First Century

Jul. 20, 2021—Emily Crawford Sheffield | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 187 (2021) | For the spousal confidential communications privilege to be rationalized in the twenty-first century, the privilege must first be limited to apply only to the witness-spouse’s election of invocation. By refocusing the privilege’s protections onto only the witness-spouse, the modern societal values of...

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Separation of Powers Versus Checks and Balances in the Criminal Justice System: A Response to Professor Epps

Jul. 19, 2021—Carissa Byrne Hessick | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 159 (2021) | Separating powers between the three different branches of government serves an important role in the criminal justice system: It helps to protect individual liberty. Separation of powers provides that protection because it requires multiple and diverse actors to agree that a person...

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Trading Pharma Goods The WTO Legal Framework

Jul. 6, 2021—Neeraj Rajan Sabitha & Petros C. Mavroidis | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 145 (2021) | In their thoughtful piece, Thomas Bollyky and Aaron Kesselheim advance an argument aimed to solve the persistent shortages in generic drugs in the United States.1 We want to take one step back and provide a complementary argument regarding...

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