By Serena Camici
Serena Camici is a sophomore studying International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences.
For decades, commercial and legal professionals have regarded London, England as the top destination for international dispute resolution, in which enterprises headquartered around the world seek quick and easy arbitration from English courts. As opposed to trial, legal arbitration offers a more flexible option to dispute settlement, known for its relative privacy, convenience, and affordability. The Law Quarterly Review has praised the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a private company offering dispute resolution, as “expeditious where the law is slow, cheap where the law is costly, simple where the law is technical, a peacemaker instead of a stirrer-up of strife” . London is home to nearly half of the world’s leading law firms, as well as smaller specialist firms. 80% of the 17,000 cases handled by the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration in 2014 involved international actors , representing 180 countries in total.
By Haley Son
Over the past decades, U.S. immigration enforcement law and criminal justice law have come to more strongly promote the concept of 'other', resulting in increasingly racialized policies. Amidst the intensifying criminalization of immigrants, there has been a growing overlap between the criminal justice and immigration system — a phenomenon known as 'crimmigration'. The two systems have come to depend on and resemble each other regarding substance and enforcement tactics.
By Shahana Banerjee
Shahana Banerjee is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Health and Societies. She is interested in healthcare policy, privacy and technology, and intellectual property law.
On November 15, 2022, millions of Taylor Swift fans assembled in the Ticketmaster queue, anxiously awaiting their chance to purchase tickets for Swift’s The Eras Tour, her first tour in six years since 2018’s “Reputation.” Despite this being Swift’s largest tour ever with more than 50 North American shows scheduled, eager fans were left disappointed with a crashed website and extra-long wait times. Live Nation, the concert promotion company which merged with Ticketmaster in 2010, has faced continued criticism for its monopoly-like power in the entertainment industry since the merger. Activists have argued that Ticketmaster hosts 70% of the ticketing and live venue events, leaving minimal room for competition . Liberty Media’s CEO Greg Maffei, the largest shareholder in Live Nation, reported that Ticketmaster had given 1.5 million “verified” Swift fans access to the pre-sale of the tour whereas 14 million users, including bots, managed to swarm into the queue. Despite the website crashing, 2 million tickets were sold during the tour’s presales ahead of the general sale, which was eventually canceled.
By Sophie Gu
Sophie Gu is a second-year student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to double major in bioengineering and cognitive science with a concentration in computation and cognition.
Moderna’s recent mRNA patent infringement suit against Pfizer and BioNTech may signal a step towards the end of the two and a half year long COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Despite Biden’s declaration that the “pandemic is over,” the Department of Health and Human Services has continued to renew PHE (Public Health Emergency) since its implementation in January 2020  — it was last renewed this October. Since its first implementation in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina, section 319 of the Public Health Service Act has been used to address issues ranging from the Opioid Crisis to Monkeypox . Although the United States is no stranger to PHEs, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has been one of the longest and most expensive PHEs to date .
By Alexandra Kanan
Alexandra Kanan is a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a career goal of becoming an immigration lawyer.
The foundation of democracy in the United States is based on one social contract: the governed are to obey the laws of the government as long as their natural rights are protected. So what happens when the government declares that the rights of certain groups are not applicable? Unfortunately, this scenario is palpable for the estimated eleven million undocumented people in the United States. While undocumented people must obey the law, most will not be protected.