The Unitary Executive Theory in Comparative Context

David M. Driesen Volume 72, Issue 1, 1-54 The debate over the unitary executive theory—the theory that the President should have sole control over the executive branch of government—has proven extremely parochial. Supporters of the theory argue that the original intent of our country’s founders requires presidential control, including a power to...

Corporate Technologies and the Tech Nirvana Fallacy

Luca Enriques & Dirk A. Zetzsche Volume 72, Issue 1, 55-98 This Article introduces the term Corporate Technologies (“CorpTech”) to refer to the use of distributed ledgers, smart contracts, Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning in the corporate context and analyzes the impact of CorpTech on the future of corporate...

Facilitating Money Judgment Enforcement Between Canada and the United States

James P. George Volume 72, Issue 1, 99-168 The United States has attempted for years to create a more efficient enforcement regime for foreign-country judgments, both by treaty and statute. Long negotiations succeeded in July 2019, when the Hague Conference on Private International Law (with U.S. participants, including the Uniform Law...

Corporations and the Original Meaning of “Citizens” in Article III

Mark Moller & Lawrence B. Solum Volume 72, Issue 1, 169-228 Article III confers the judicial power of the United States over controversies between “citizens” of different states. In Section 1332(c) of Title 28 of the United States Code, Congress has provided that for the purposes of diversity jurisdiction, corporations are citizens of the...

From Horseback to the Moon and Back: Comparative Limits on Police Searches of Smartphones Upon Arrest

Bryce Clayton Newell & Bert-Jaap Koops Volume 72, Issue 1, 229-290 The search of a smartphone by the police in connection with an arrest carries the potential to intrude into the very core of an arrestee’s private life. Indeed, such a search has been compared to providing a “window[] to our inner private lives,” including aspects of our lives...

Unearthing the Origins of Quasi-Property Status

Alix Rogers Volume 72, Issue 1, 291-336 Under contemporary American law, human corpses and some bodily parts are classified as quasi-property. Quasi-property is an American legal conception composed of limited interests that mimic some of the functions of property, but does not formally qualify as property. It is a uniquely American,...

Beyond Implicit Bias: Litigating Race and Gender Employment Discrimination Using Data from the Workplace Experiences Survey

Joan C. Williams, Rachel M. Korn & Sky Mihaylo Volume 72, Issue 1, 337-464 This Article joins other voices in challenging what I will call the “implicit bias consensus” in employment discrimination law, first crystallized in the work of Susan Sturm and Linda Hamilton Krieger. The implicit bias consensus has two basic components. The first is...


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Recent Mentions by the Supreme Court of the United States

Recent Mentions by the Supreme Court of California

  • De La Torre v. CashCall, Inc., 5 Cal 5th 966 (2018), citing Harry G. Prince, Unconscionability in California: A Need for Restraint and Consistency, from Volume 46.
  • Chen v. Los Angeles Truck Centers, LLC, 7 Cal. 5th 862 (2019), citing Gregory E. Smith, Choice of Law in the United States, from Volume 38. 
  • City of Oroville v. Superior Court, 7 Cal. 5th 1091 (2019), citing Arvo Van Alstyne, Inverse Condemnation: Unintended Physical Damage, from Volume 20.



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