India files WTO case with United States, U.S. ‘almost certain’ to defend based on national security, trade expert says

India has filed a case with the World Trade Organization questioning the validity of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

“A WTO case is a case launched by one member of the WTO against another,” said Raj Bhala, the Brennesein Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School, and a Senior Advisor at Dentons. “They’re all countries. They’re all sovereign states. Private parties are not involved. Since the WTO was born on January 1, 1995, there have been a little over 500 cases brought by one member against another.

What Trump can learn from Nixon about Iran

"Because of his incessant personal attacks against the media, Donald Trump is likened to Richard Nixon. But, rarely are these comparisons made in the domain of foreign policy. That’s unfortunate. Nixon’s Ten Commandments of Statecraft are one legacy—of the only U.S. president to resign—in which today’s Republicans might take pride. And, if there is one contemporary context in which these Commandments matter more than all others – even more than a trade war – then it is nuclear war.

‘America first’ need not mean ‘India second’

"Nowadays, Indian business and government officials shouldn’t trust America.

That’s because of the ‘America First’ policy announced by President Donald Trump in his January 2017 Inaugural Address. That policy has proven itself to mean ‘American Betrayal’ for India, and indeed for America’s friendly trading partners, notably, Canada, the European Union, Japan, and Mexico.

If India wants to ensure America First need not mean India Second, then India needs to separate from the embrace with America."

After SCOTUS rules in favor of Colorado baker, the implications for other businesses that refuse to serve same-sex couples on religious grounds

Photo: Texas Tech University School of Law

The Supreme Court ruled narrowly for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.

Kyle Velte, a visiting assistant professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law and incoming faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law, filed an amicus brief on behalf the respondents in this case.

KC councilman Quinton Lucas enters 2019 mayoral race

KU Law professor Quinton Lucas recently announced his candidacy for mayor of Kansas City on Saturday, June 23. Lucas currently serves as a councilman in Kansas City.   

Lucas, 33, is an attorney and at-large representative for the 3rd District, which takes in much of the city's economically distressed East Side. In remarks prepared for his early-evening kickoff at Ruby Jean's Juicery on Troost Avenue, he pledged a mayoralty focused on accountability at City Hall and a greater quality of life for the city's poor.

Elena Kagan is up to something

So far this term, Justice Elena Kagan has crossed ideological lines at least three times to join the Supreme Court’s conservatives. On June 21, Kagan authored the majority opinion in Lucia v. SEC, a huge case that threatens to erode the political independence of multiple federal agencies. Kagan took the lead in authoring an opinion that prompted a sharp dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who accused her colleague of making legal and factual errors.

Kobach lost: What’s that mean for voting in Kansas?

A federal high court recently ruled that individuals do not need to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to appeal. An article by High Plains Public Radio laid out the repercussions of this decision and consulted KU Law professor Lumen Mulligan.

In January, one of six men vying for Kobach’s job will take office and replace him as defendant. Since the appeal likely won’t be done, that person will have the power to continue or kill it.

Middle East expert sees Iran deal backout as likely ineffective

 KU Law Professor Raj Bhala talks to WIBW about President Trump stepping away from the Iran nuclear deal." “Let’s keep in mind that this is an administration, that in taking that extreme stance that this is a horrible deal, I’m tearing it up or I’m going to tear it up, unless you agree to my demands, that strategy has failed every single time, except one minor instance, with the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement,” said Raj Bhala.

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