Law School

Is Huawei a national security threat?

Christopher Yoo, professor of law, communication, and computer and information science, describes why the Chinese technology company has become a hot topic of conversation in national security circles.

Brandon Baker

The role of UN ambassador, explained

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, distinguished global leader-in-residence at Perry World House, describes the workings of the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.—and whether it matters that it’s no longer of cabinet status.

Brandon Baker

Documentary shows discriminatory impact of state legal assistance provision

The Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law has produced a new documentary that exposes the discriminatory impact of a provision of the Pennsylvania Victims Assistance Compensation Program law that denies assistance to victims who contribute, or are suspected of contributing, to their own death or injury.

Penn Today Staff

Quantifying the health risks of being a family caregiver

Health care and economics researchers find that more research is needed in the area of ‘next friend risk,’ or the full dimension of health risks faced by family and friends who become caregivers to the homebound.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

CBS News

Don't blame Flores Agreement for migration wave, attorneys and experts tell court

Fernando Chang-Muy of the Law School said “few to none” of the potential asylum seekers he encountered in Honduras seemed “aware of the existence of the Flores Settlement Agreement,” which set standards for how migrant children apprehended by the U.S. government are to be sheltered.



With states and the feds investigating Google and Facebook, the legal pressure is ramping up

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp commented on states’ involvement in antitrust lawsuits against tech giants. “It’s ... not because the federal government isn’t doing enough,” he said. The states “want to get in the action, too.”


Scientific American

Is ‘neurolaw’ coming soon to a courtroom near you?

Stephen Morse of the Law School weighed in on the use of neuroscience in courtrooms. He believes that in a legal setting, neuroscience cannot adequately explain criminal activity: “if there is a disjunct between what the neuroscience shows and what the behavior shows, you’ve got to believe the behavior.”


The New York Times

Cherokee Nation seeks to send first delegate to Congress

Maggie Blackhawk of the Law School said efforts by the Cherokee Nation to send a formal delegate to Congress sends an important message about the stature of indigenous people. “It’s a testament of the rebuilding of native nations in the 20th and 21st centuries,” she said. “In the last 30 years, what you have are native nations being able to exercise the things that were promised in treaties in the 19th and 18th century. It’s a wonderful showing of good governance and could bring additional power and visibility to native nations.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

China’s multiple crises

Jacques deLisle of the Law School and the School of Arts and Sciences joined a conversation about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and about U.S.-China relations during the ongoing trade war.