Spotlight

Founded in 1927, Temple Law Review is a student-edited, quarterly journal dedicated to providing a forum for the expression of new legal thought and scholarly commentary on important developments, trends, and issues in the law. 

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Chief Judge Juan R. Sánchez and Sarah Zimmerman

The struggle for civil rights has never been black and white; multiracial coalitions have been imperative in fighting for equality under the Constitution. With the creation of the new Hon. Nelson A. Díaz Professorship in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law has brought important recognition to the role Latinxs have played in this movement. […]

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Judge Jack M. Sabatino

As surveillance cameras and other ubiquitous devices record more events in the world, appellate courts are being flooded with video and sound recordings, usually in digital form, as part of the record below. Such digital evidence offers substantial potential benefits in proving or disproving facts at trial. But that evidence can also pose associated challenges […]

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Lisa López

Locky, Phoenix, WannaCry, DarkSide, NotPetya, Hades. Do these names sound familiar? They have each touched the lives of individuals across the globe, generated revenues in the seven to eight figures, and managed to stand out in a field crowded with other actors. No, these are not the names of Disney antiheroes. They are not TikTok […]

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Mara Poulsen

“Abortion is an immoral, base crime; and he who aids and abets in its commission . . . is guilty of an act involving moral turpitude.” “Moral turpitude” is as redundant as the phrase “ATM Machine.” Morality is folded into the concept of “turpitude.” The term—turpitude—itself is old. Its Latin cognate appears as far back […]

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Jonathan Todres, Charlene Choi & Joseph Wright

Civic engagement is central to democracy, yet historically and today, the United States has excluded certain groups and denied them their participation rights. Even where there has been progress toward inclusion, young people have been largely excluded from meaningful participation in their communities. While there are historical and developmental rationales for this view of childhood, […]

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Nanjala Nyabola

For this article in Swahili The idea of a “sovereign identity crisis in the digital age” contains many contested ideas—sovereignty, identity, and even the digital age. Yet it is evident that some form of crisis uniting all of these themes is underway. There are several challenges to the presumed holder of sovereign power—the state—in the […]

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Beth A. Simmons & Rachel A. Hulvey

The internet brings challenges that threaten national identities and the foundations of what it means to be a state. Well-known challenges include difficulties maintaining important national values, competition threatening local economic plans, and even the inability to maintain a meaningful informational environment for self-governance. These influences are plausibly understood as challenges to some of the […]

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Siena Anstis, Noura Al-Jizawi & Dr. Ronald J. Deibert

This Essay seeks to contribute to existing scholarship on transnational repression by looking at the practice through the lens of sovereignty. Scholars of transnational repression have primarily focused on understanding the practice of transnational repression, developing databases that map the frequency of acts of transnational repression and its perpetrators, describing state methods and tactics, and […]

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Asaf Lubin

This short reflection looks at one controversial category reboot in the governance of emerging digital rights, the recent proposals for the establishment of a unique set of new right holders: collectives. In my brief remarks, I wish to direct our attention to this elusive and evolving concept of “collective data rights” and its relationship with […]

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Juan Ortiz Freuler

A combination of political, sociocultural, and technological shifts suggests a change in the way we understand human rights. Undercurrents fueling this process are digitization and datafication. Through this process of change, categories that might have been cornerstones of our past and present might very well become outdated. A key category that is under pressure is […]