Volume 102 Issue 5 Cornell Law Review
Volume 102 Issue 5

The Finance Franchise

The dominant view of banks and other financial institutions is that they function primarily as intermediaries, managing flows of scarce funds from those who have accumulated them to those who have need of them and can pay for their use. This understanding pervades textbooks, scholarly writings, and policy discussions – yet it is fundamentally false […]

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The Political Economy of the Constitutional Right to Asylum

The issues of mass migrations, displaced persons, and refugees from war-torn countries are not new, but they have become particularly prominent and contentious in recent years and will garner even more attention as climate change refugees begin to cross borders seeking new homes in foreign countries. Academics and policy-makers have jointly turned to international law […]

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Empowering Individual Plaintiffs

The individual plaintiff plays a critical—yet underappreciated—role in our legal system. Only lawsuits that are brought by individual plaintiffs allow the law to achieve the twin goals of efficiency and fairness. The ability of individual plaintiffs to seek justice against those who wronged them deters wrongdoing, ex ante, and in those cases in which a […]

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Why Congress Cannot Unilaterally Repeal Puerto Rico’s Constitution

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The Disobedient Jury: Why Lawmakers Should Codify Jury Nullification

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Toward a Civilized System of Justice: Re-conceptualizing the Response to Sexual Violence in Higher Education

The reporting, investigation, and prevention of sexual violence in settings that are closed off from the greater community and subject to their own laws, rules, norms and biases present special challenges for survivors of sexual violence.  This essay builds on our existing scholarship that explores the pervasive problem and exceedingly high incidence of sexual violence […]

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Space, Time, and Historical Injustice: A Feminist Conflict-of-Laws Approach to the “Comfort Women” Agreement

After more than twenty years of worldwide feminist activism, transnational litigation, and diplomatic stalemate, on December 28, 2015, Japan and South Korea announced a historic agreement intended to provide closure to the so-called “Comfort Women issue”—the issue of what Japan must do to atone for the sexual enslavement of up to 200,000 women from throughout […]

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Democratic Enforcement? Accountability and Independence for the Litigation State

A vast literature in law and political theory focuses on questions of accountability and independence in democratic government. Commentators tend to celebrate accountability in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and independence in the context of adjudication. Yet they largely ignore the government function that lies at the intersection of law-making and law-application: enforcement. The gap […]

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Coordinating Compliance Incentives

In today’s regulatory environment, a corporation engaged in wrongdoing can be sure of one thing: regulators will point to an ineffective compliance program as a key cause of institutional misconduct. The explosion in the importance of compliance is unsurprising given the emphasis that governmental actors—from the Department of Justice, to the Securities and Exchange Commission, […]

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Cyber Attack Exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

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