On 4 November 2014, Alabamians will vote on the American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment. If approved, this law will prevent Alabama courts from considering foreign, international, or religious law. When the proposal was first introduced in 2013, Reverend Richard Killmer, a Presbyterian minister and then Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, warned that this is not being pushed “with the public interest in mind, but with the intent of spreading fear and distrust toward our fellow citizens.”
Mass pro-democracy protests broke out in Hong Kong in late September, which sparked when university and secondary students boycotted classes. Protesters are demanding the right to democratically elect their next Chief Executive, Hong Kong’s highest elected position, in response to China’s announcement that they will vet all candidates. Law professor Michael Davis teaches at the University of Hong Kong and spoke with the Journal about the latest developments.