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Weekly Roundup: June 10, 2022


At the Blog

On Monday, Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Aila Hoss, Sarah Deer, Ann E. Tweedy, and Stacy Leeds explained why tribal lands aren’t a feasible “safe harbor” for non-Natives from state abortion laws. Such proposals, they argue, rely on a conception of tribal territorial self-governance that has been subverted by the Supreme Court over the past fifty years. As they conclude, “To turn to tribes now is galling. It reveals a disappointing ignorance of the legal battles tribes have been fighting, seemingly without end. But it also reveals a problematic disregard for the trauma and vulnerability that Native peoples face. No, tribes do not offer a safe-harbor from harmful state abortion prohibitions. It’s time we step up to address why.”

On Wednesday, Sonia Rolland described the crumbling truce between those who designed the system of international economic law and those who now are actors within it. As she writes, “China has made it clear that it has no intention of abandoning its state-led model, despite the old powers’ longstanding expectation that integration into the global economic architecture would gradually lead it to do so. At the same time, systems of social protection in the United States and Europe are proving inadequate to protect globalization’s ‘losers’ from the shocks of market opening.” In response, Rolland argues that international economic law must reinvent itself as a connector with other regulatory regimes and an enabler of non-market societal values.

In LPE Land

A CFP on Law & Social Movements: The Michigan Journal of Law & Society (MJLS) invites article submissions for its second issue on the theme of Law & Social Movements. Submission deadline: July 22.

Are you interested in organizing the neoliberal university? On Monday, June 13th, the Centre for Law and Social Change is hosting an online conversation about student-worker organizing at SOAS and Columbia University.

Over at the Atlantic, Niko Bowie and Daphna Renan argue that no one Court should have all that power. As they explain, judicial supremacy, far from being a requirement of our Constitution, “is an institutional arrangement brought to cultural ascendancy by white people who wanted to undo Reconstruction and the rise of organized labor that had followed.”