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A new approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals, says a paper from Patrick Keenan, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in international criminal law.

Paper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparations

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 30, 2015

A novel approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals who participate in large-scale pillage operations, such as controlling a mine whose minerals were used to help fund the conflict, says a paper from a University of Illinois expert in international criminal law.

Published Date: June 30, 2015


New research co-written by Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law at Illinois, explores the cost of excessive copyright law and the value of the public domain.

Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefits

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2015

A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.

Published Date: April 13, 2015


A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, says John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the U. of I.

Public employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 24, 2015

A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.

Published Date: March 24, 2015


Structural reform litigation is uniquely effective at combating misconduct in police departments, says Stephen Rushin, a professor of law at Illinois.

Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconduct

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 18, 2015

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what’s now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.

Published Date: March 18, 2015


The taxation of retirement income, an expansion of the sales tax base and an increase in the cost of health insurance benefits for state employees loom over the Illinois budgetary horizon as potential quick fixes for the revenue-strapped state, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.

Tax changes loom for state ahead of budget address, expert says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 17, 2015

As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says. According to law professor Richard L. Kaplan, three issues – the taxation of retirement income, an expansion of the sales tax base and an increase in the cost of health insurance benefits for state employees – loom over the Illinois budgetary horizon as potential quick fixes for the revenue-strapped state.

Published Date: February 17, 2015