Criminal law research topic: Robert Durst murder charges

The millionaire Robert Durst has long been suspected in the death of his friend Susan Berman, as well as his first wife and a neighbor. The star of the HBO documentary The Jinx, Durst recently was arrested in Louisiana for felony gun and drug possession, and is now awaiting extradition to California for murder charges he faces in Los Angeles.

Robert Durst, a millionaire real-estate heir, has been charged with murder. (Credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Robert Durst, a millionaire real-estate heir, has been charged with murder. (Credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

The strange case of the man born into one of New York’s wealthiest families continues to garner media attention across the country as new details emerge. Read more

International Women’s Day term paper topics

March 8 was International Women’s Day, which hosted organizations around the world that recognized the economic, political and social achievements of women, providing good research paper topics.

There are many good topics to discuss on International Women's Day. (Credit: Women and Hollywood)

There are many good topics to discuss on International Women’s Day. (Credit: Women and Hollywood)

You can write about the history of International Women’s Day or International Women’s Month (also held in March), the ways various countries are celebrating and the controversies in the ways some countries and organizations are recognizing the day. Here are some term paper topics for college students. Read more

Criminal law research paper topics—Basic concepts to crimes and punishments

The legal world is full of Latin maxims. When it comes to criminal law, the phrase “Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea” [The act is not criminal unless the intent is criminal] sums up the basic concepts of this area of law.

Consider discussing criminal law in your next research paper. (Credit: Murry Law Group)

Consider discussing criminal law in your next research paper. (Credit: Murry Law Group)

But behind that statement is a host of crimes and punishments that make for interesting research paper topics. Read more

International law: Canadian court says assisted suicide ban is unconstitutional

College students can find good research paper topics for their international law class from the recent decision by Canada’s Supreme Court declaring the country’s ban on physician assisted suicide for the terminally ill as unconstitutional.

Discuss assisted suicide in international law for your next research paper. (Credit: Tipping the scales)

Discuss assisted suicide in international law for your next research paper. (Credit: Tipping the scales)

You can write term paper topics on recent Supreme Court decisions, the pro and con debate about the right-to-die, the medical establishment’s views on doctor assisted suicide and need for better palliative care, and Quebec’s new end-of-life law. Read more

Research topic: New terrorist threat from Al-Shabaab targets shopping malls

The Mall of America in Minnesota, and other large shopping malls across the world, are apparently the latest targets of a terrorist threat from Al-Shabaab. The Somali-based group previously attacked a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Recent terrorist threats have been made on shopping malls. (Credit: MyFox9.com)

Recent terrorist threats have been made on shopping malls. (Credit: MyFox9.com)

The U.S. government, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, is taking the threat seriously and asking malls to respond appropriately. Read more

Research topic: Anger at anti-vaccine movement after Disneyland measles outbreak

Remember the measles? Probably not. In fact the disease was considered eradicated from the U.S. at the beginning of the 21st century. One dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, is considered 95 percent effective, while two doses are considered 99 percent effective.

A recent hot topic covers the debate on vaccinations due to a measles outbreak. (Credit: The Event Chronicle)

A recent hot topic covers the debate on vaccinations due to a measles outbreak. (Credit: The Event Chronicle)

But in the last month the disease has roared back to life with a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland. It is the latest in the battle between the anti-vaccine movement and immunizations. Who will win, and who will lose? Read more

Research topic: Learn how the family farm is depicted in Farmland documentary

The family farm has been long mythologized in American culture. Farming in the U.S. has changed, and many are starting to wonder what the reality is about where our food comes from. Factory or corporate-owned farms are big business.

Farmland documentary covers the story on how a family farm is run. (Credit: Feed the Dialogue)

Farmland documentary covers the story on how a family farm is run. (Credit: Feed the Dialogue)

Farmland, a documentary film created by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, which includes agri-business giants such as Monsanto and Dupont, have released their side in what they bill as a true story about farming in America. Is it real or merely propaganda? Read more

Celebrate Black history month for your next research paper

February is Black History Month when we celebrate the events in history related to the accomplishments of African Americans. These events include the contributions to American culture from musicians, inventors, writers, athletes and civil rights leaders.

There are many historical figures you can discuss with Black history.

There are many historical figures you can discuss with Black history.

What began as a week of celebration in 1926, later evolved as a national month of recognition. Black History month is also celebrated in other countries such as Canada. If you’re looking for good research paper topics you’ll want to check out the Black History timeline. Read more

Research paper topic: State of the Union Address

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address. In the speech the president listed the accomplishments of his presidency so far and outlined his agenda for the next two years. According to the president, the nation had overcome years of war and economic crisis and is now ready to “turn the page.”

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) watch as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. (Credit: Larry Downing, Reuters)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) watch as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. (Credit: Larry Downing, Reuters)

Future endeavors aimed at reviving the middle class include continuing efforts to raise the minimum wage, achieving gender pay equity, and closing the income inequality gap. Political history and strategy are always evolving, making them good research paper topics. Read more

Research topic: Facebook privacy hoax raises copyright issues

Once again the infamous Facebook privacy hoax has raised its ugly head. Since its first emergence in 2012, it has invaded social media like some cyber zombie that will not die. What has people worried is the fear that somehow Facebook is stealing their photos and other creations posted on the Facebook timeline.

A false message spread on Facebook about copyright law and ownership. (Credit: Joanna Stern/ABC News)

A false message spread on Facebook about copyright law and ownership. (Credit: Joanna Stern/ABC News)

These copyright issues are genuine concerns but are misplaced in this case. Facebook policy is not aiming at stealing photos and creative writings. But perhaps it is time for a review of Facebook privacy rules, for reasons that might surprise you. Read more