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.
Police all over the world take things from people. Whether legal or illegal, the practice often depends on keeping up a double meaning that provides cover.
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.
APLA contributing editor Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega interviewed Ajay Mehrotra, Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, about recent US tax reform.