Erik Voeten


Victor Cha on the Colbert Report on North Korea

My colleague Victor Cha was on the Colbert Report talking about North Korea. Take a look: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive [Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

Can Politicians Make a Comeback from Sex Scandals?

Mark Sanford is running for Congress. David Petraeus may consider a run for President. In both cases there are major question marks about whether the American public may forgive them for their somewhat scandalous affairs. A new working paper by David Doherty, Conor Dowling, andMichael Miller suggests that the passage of time may help. They… Read more »

Will International Examples Influence the Gay Marriage Decision?

The U.S. Supreme Court somewhat controversially cited  foreign (non-British) case law  in Texas v. Lawrence (2003, a gay rights case) and Roper v. Simmons (2005). This led to a backlash and the Court has studiously avoided citations to foreign and international courts in more recent decisions. This hasn’t stopped amici from filing briefs both  pro and con gay marriage rights… Read more »

Does Congress Have a Conservative Bias on Gay Rights Issues?

Justice Scalia argued in his dissent in Romer that: This Court has no business imposing upon all Americans the resolution favored by the elite class from which the Members of this institution are selected This fits a more broadly held perception that laws are more progressive on LGBT rights than voters would like them to… Read more »

How Do You Know If Someone is Gay?

As the U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to consider gay marriage, the European Court of Justice (ECJ, the European Union’s highest court) is asked a very different question pertaining to gay rights: how do you determine whether someone is homosexual? The case is referred to the ECJ(in Dutch) by the Dutch highest court. The issue… Read more »