Author Archives: Sam Halabi

Afterword to Intellectual Property and the New International Economic Order Symposium (Part III of III)

by Sam Halabi — Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

In my third and final post, I address the important points raised by Susan Sell, Peter Yu, and Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan. Professor Sell, one of the most important analysts of the rise of international intellectual property law, as well as of its winners and losers, urges caution as to how much the international intellectual property […]

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Afterword to Intellectual Property and the New International Economic Order Symposium (Part II)

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

With this post, I continue my engagement with symposium contributors Professors Pojanowski, Walker, Osei-Tutu, and Judd and repeat my thanks for the time and care they took in reviewing the monograph.  This is the second of three posts intending to address the criticisms and suggestions made during the symposium. IV. Jeff Pojanowski provides a superb […]

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Afterword to Intellectual Property and the New International Economic Order Symposium (Part I)

by Sam Halabi — Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Let me begin by thanking both regular and special contributors to this symposium as well as extending an even heartier thanks to Patricia Judd, Rachel Kogan and particularly Chris Walker for the time and energy they dedicated to introducing and organizing it.  The richness and care with which the essays were drafted demonstrate, I hope, […]

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Constitutional Coup, Privatization, and the Federal False Claims Act

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

There are already so many thorough analyses, illustrative applications, and thoughtful extrapolations of Jon Michaels’s provocative thesis, it took some time to decide where anything more might be usefully contributed.   It is, I think, at the conceptual role “privatization” plays in Constitutional Coup’s core argument.  The threat privatization poses to our fundamental constitutional order, according […]

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The Hidden Structural Antagonist in Stephen Williams’s The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution

by Sam Halabi — Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Many thanks to Peter and, of course, Judge Williams for a book rich with lessons for historians, scholars of the administrative state, and, for me, at least, international relations. In a world where autocracy remains common if more threatened, Judge Williams sets out to explore the prerequisites for autocracies to transition (peacefully, it would appear) […]

The New Director-General of the World Health Organization

by Sam Halabi — Thursday, May 25, 2017

On May 23, 2017, the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.  Dr Tedros, a former Ethiopian Health Minister, is the first African leader of the international organization.  WHO is distinct among international organizations for its ability to initiate both treaties […]

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The Opioid Addiction Prevention Act and the Best Distribution of Regulatory Activity over Illicit and Prescription Opioids

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

There is substantial evidence that opioid addiction poses a significant threat to individual and public health in the United States.  The CDC reports that the majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid.  Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than […]

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Returning Attention to State ACA and Medicaid Waivers

by Sam Halabi — Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017

Now that the potential repeal of Obamacare is off the table (at least for a while), it’s worth turning attention (by all stakeholders) to one of Obamacare’s provisions crafted to accommodate approaches advocated across the political spectrum as well as the balance between local and national scale: Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers and Section 1115 […]

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A Nudge on the Individual Mandate

by Sam Halabi — Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017

Citing President Trump’s January 20 Executive Order, the IRS has altered the reporting mechanism for “minimum essential coverage” under the Affordable Care Act. A Form 1040 taxpayer, for example, had to check a box on line 61 to confirm coverage. If a taxpayer did not do so, the form was rejected. Because the “executive order […]

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The Obamacare Alternatives, Redistribution, and Free Markets in Healthcare

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Following Nick’s insightful post and in light of both President Trump’s speech this evening as well as House GOP defections from the leaked bill, it’s worth surveying the alternatives to Obamacare GOP legislators have floated so far and what might end up getting stitched together to form the outline of a unifying GOP plan. On […]

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