Noah Feldman

Can Arabs Do Democracy?

Want to see the first successful Arab democracy in action? Tune in Sunday, when tiny Tunisia will hold its first legislative elections since the ratification of its liberal-democratic constitution in January. Tunisia is where the Arab Spring began in 2011, and it’s just about the only place where that movement for freedom and democracy hasn’t… Read more »

Voter ID Math Finally Adds Up for Judge Posner

Liberal observers are astonished and thrilled that Judge Richard Posner, the most influential judge sitting on the federal bench, has written a scathing condemnation of Wisconsin voter ID laws. Posner was appointed by Ronald Reagan, and his law-and-economics approach with its libertarian overtones can in a certain sense be described as conservative. Notably, Posner wrote… Read more »

Conservative Justices in a Bind in Class Action Case

Class action lawsuits are big business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — admittedly, not the most objective source — estimates that securities class actions alone cost shareholders $39 billion a year. When you add in all other class actions — for accidents, accounting errors, you name it — you can understand why potential corporate defendants… Read more »

Diversity Isn’t Why Colleges Need Affirmative Action

Just when you thought the U.S. Supreme Court was a distant memory of spring, the briefs are in for the blockbuster affirmative action case coming in October involving a student claiming she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white. And, if the friend of the court submissions from the government… Read more »

NCAA Needs to Dethrone Omnipotent College Coaches

The problem with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s sanctions against Pennsylvania State University isn’t that they punish student-athletes who had no role in the coverup of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of boys. It’s not that they are meaningless, “reversing” past victories that took place on the field, or that they are too harsh, damaging Penn… Read more »