Penn Law

A focus on environmental inequities

A Penn symposium will confront issues of inequitable access to a clean and safe environment and the unequal burden borne by vulnerable communities, particularly low-income and underrepresented minority populations, when it comes to environmental threats.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

The Wall Street Journal

Beijing dismisses Taiwan voters’ rebuke over its claims to island

Jacques deLisle of the Law School and School of Arts and Sciences weighed in on relations between Taiwan and China, noting that neither country has a crisis-management mechanism in case of accidental military clashes between the two sides. “A move that’s intended to show strength and determination…could spiral out of control,” he warned.


The Hill

IRS audits drop to lowest point in decades

Natasha Sarin of the Law School and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers authored a paper that argued that the IRS could recoup $1 trillion during the next 10 years by increasing audits and investing in information technology.


The Hill

Democrats' worries grow as ObamaCare court fight drags on

Allison Hoffman of the Law School commented on a recent federal appeals court ruling on a case that threatens the Affordable Care Act. “This case is so ridiculous,” she said. “The fact that it is still alive today makes me more worried.”


The New York Times

‘It’s creepy’: Unexplained drones are swarming by night over Colorado

Reggie Govan of the Law School spoke about federal officials’ efforts to track the origins of drones seen flying over Colorado and Nebraska. “Like in many other areas of drone regulation, the statutory and regulatory framework is lagging the technology,” he said.


Financial Times

Google to end use of ‘double Irish’ as tax loophole set to close

Chris Sanchirico of the Law School said little is known about how specific companies have adjusted their tax arrangements in response the impending closure of the “double Irish” tax loophole. “Based on what we have been able to see in the past, there is no reason to think that planning [by multinationals] hasn’t already evolved several generations beyond the kind of classic double Irish that is now officially coming to an end,” he said.