The Yale Law Journal



After Aurelius: What Future for the Insular Cases?

The Court’s recent failure to overrule the Insular Cases represents a missed opportunity to move past the racially motivated doctrine of territorial incorporation. Three cases involving the denial of citizenship, warrantless searches, and unequal benefits in U.S. territories demonstrate the Insular Cases’ continuing harm while offering hope for their reconsideration.

27 Oct 2020
U.S. Territories


Administrative Law and International Commitments

How do bureaucratic incentives shape how an agency implements international law? This Collection provides a window into the agency decisionmaking process that occurs after international commitments have already been made. Agencies’ choices in the foreign distilled spirits and detainee interrogation context reveal the many considerations at play.

26 Oct 2020
Administrative LawInternational Law


Yale Law Journal Public-Interest Fellowship Essays

In this Collection, the 2019-20 Yale Law Journal Public-Interest Fellows draw on their work experiences. They present a novel approach to tackling inaccurate population data in malapportionment litigation; argue that criminal-defense attorneys and judges must convey the denaturalization consequences of plea deals; and explore New York City’s undercollection of fines.

20 Oct 2020


Reading the ACA’s Findings: Textualism, Severability and the ACA’s Return to the Court

Challengers are using false textualism to implode the ACA. They argue that a findings section is an “inseverability clause,” ignoring the text and location; the language is boilerplate not for severability but for the commerce power; and Congress’s actual inseverability clauses are unmistakably explicit, using language absent from the ACA.

02 Oct 2020
Statutory InterpretationLegislationCongress


Political Wine in a Judicial Bottle: Justice Sotomayor’s Surprising Concurrence in Aurelius

This Essay criticizes Justice Sotomayor’s concurring opinion in Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC. for offering a one-sided and misleading explanation of the island’s constitutional status, and thereby taking sides in Puerto Rico’s decolonization debate.

21 Sep 2020
Constitutional LawU.S. Territories


Deadly Delay: The FDA’s Role in America’s COVID-Testing Debacle

Recently, the FDA asserted authority to regulate a type of COVID-19 diagnostics known as laboratory-developed tests, which long have been a front line of response to emerging disease. FDA did not, and should not, have authority to regulate these tests. Its intervention added minimal value while contributing to deadly delays.


29 Jul 2020
Health LawAdministrative Law


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