Richard Wilson

If a law seems ineffective, a lawyer would usually say the problem is with the doctrine of the law; to resolve the problem we must re-write the law. Richard Wilson, professor of law and anthropology, challenges this belief with his research on international speech crimes.

Law as a Tool to Reveal Your Rival’s True Intentions

One of my friends in San Ignacio de Mojos, Bolivia was Don Santiago (not his real name). By the time I met him, he had already held several positions within the indigenous organizations that represent the Ignaciano community, and he had served as Secretary of Land and Territory during part of an extended legal battle to title land that indigenous communities farmed and occupied throughout the municipality. During one of our conversations, he reflected on his experience with this legal activism.

The Politics of Taxes

APLA contributing editor Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega interviewed Ajay Mehrotra, Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, about recent US tax reform.

Martín and the Immigration Forms

A friend of mine from Peru—we’ll call him Martín—recently applied for a visa to attend graduate school in the United States. Moving to the US involved filling out lots of forms, and this presented a dilemma: When I had to mark a category for race, I couldn’t find the word “mestizo,” which is the option […]