The University of Chicago Undergraduate Law Review (UCULR) is a student-run publication dedicated to the discussion, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of a variety of legal issues. It aims to provide a better understanding of the law in all of its ambiguities and contradictions in order to reveal how complex compilations of regulatory components can not only serve as reflections of social attitudes towards general ideas of order, agency, consent, power, and choice, but influence the most minute details of everyday life.


Equal Pay, Unequal Application: Equality Provisions in the ECJ and the Limitations of the Neo-Functionalist Model

Abstract: Few political institutions have attracted as much scholarly attention as the European Community (EC). What was originally conceived as a limited organization serving the economic interests of Member States has become a “quasi-constitutional federal entity” with vast jurisdiction over financial, social, and legal matters throughout the European Union. In the wake of these developments, neo-functionalist theorists have characterized European integration as a progressive move toward supranational rulemaking and governance. This paper challenges that characterization by arguing that EU Member States have in fact resisted integration. By integrating a historical approach to the women's rights movement in Europe with a theoretical analysis of the European legal system, I conclude that many countries have in fact been successful at limiting integration and maintaining local legal authority over rights. To more efficiently and equally promote supranational authority over rights, access to courts will have to be increased at the individual level, and advocacy and interest groups promoted.

Author: Cameron Langford is a fourth-year at Princeton University, majoring in Politics.


Failure-to-Protect: Who is Failing Whom?

Abstract: In theory, failure-to-protect laws are a way for attorneys to combat child abuse; it allows the law to punish inaction. In practice, prosecutors and judges have confused failure-to-protect with trying-and-failing to protect, resulting in unjust convictions almost exclusively of women. Ironically, these laws create new victims in the process of protecting others.

Author: Evelyn Cai is a second-year in the College majoring in Economics and Philosophy.