Media Trials Undermine the Presumption of Innocence: Gulshan Attack in Bangladesh

Nabil Ahsan is a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is an Associate at AF Hassan Ariff & Associates. His area of expertise is constitutional law. ‘Presumed innocent until proven guilty’ is a cardinal principle of most legal systems across the world including Bangladesh. Intertwined with the concept of presumed innocence is the concept of burden of proof. In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable…


SALT/LatCrit Statement: Speaking Out Against Racial Violence

July 12, 2016 As legal educators, we express our condolences to family members and others grieving the loss of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Alva Braziel, the officers killed in Dallas—Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa—and all of those who have suffered unequal treatment and violence in the criminal justice system.  It is apparent that, when it comes to policing, there are at least two realities:  one…

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VIDEO: Native Americans Leading on Environmental Justice

Some selected quotes from the webinar. Dallas Goldtooth: “[W]e know that indigenous peoples tend to be on the forefront of climate change- not just on the receiving end of sea level rising or loss of traditional habitat or impacts to what animals are still around, but we also tend to be on the front lines of extraction, so we wanted to be sure that we are there in that conversation,…

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Naree Shongothok: Bangladeshi Women Organizing for Social Change

Law@theMargins Editor Chaumtoli Huq sat down with five (5) community organizers of Bangladeshi descent to speak about the issues confronting the New York/New Jersey Bangladeshi community, the role of women, and the ways in which we can build women’s leadership and an inclusive movement. This interview is part of an on going video project to lift up the issues of women, especially working class women, who are organizing for social…


Lessons Learned from Angela Davis’ Book: Freedom is A Constant Struggle

By Fazeela Siddiqui, currently a Staff Attorney at a large non-profit legal service organization in New York City. For those who stand up to the ills of today and seek language to connect and grow interrelated mass movements, look no further than Angela Davis’ new book, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, And the Foundations of a Movement”, published by Haymarket Books. The book, a collection of essays and…