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Legal News
3 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Chinese courts convicted 14 government officials and company executives on Wednesday due to their involvement in a 2014 factory explosion that killed 146 workers because of inappropriately stored chemicals. The sentences [Xinhua report], for the crime of causing a major labor safety accident or dereliction of duty, range from three … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2016
by David G. Delaney of Maurer School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist David G. Delaney, assistant Professor at Maurer School of Law discusses historic and current cyber legislation... No one should doubt that Congress's record on cyberspace issues is dismal. The Bush and Obama administrations both bemoaned Congress's expertise and engagement in this field. Much of its legislation follows … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Ontario Superior Court [official website] on Thursday ruled that police orders requiring telecommunications companies to hand over cellphone user data breached the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms [text, PDF]. The orders, labeled "tower dumps," demanded [Globe and Mail report] that Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] came to a settlement agreement [text] on Thursday in two civil rights lawsuits accusing the NYPD of wrongfully monitoring Muslims after the 9/11 attacks. In October the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] revived [JURIST report] the civil … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Belgian prosecutors on Tuesday said that authorities have taken into custody two people suspected of plotting New Year's Eve attacks of popular tourist spots in Brussels. According to their statement, police on Sunday and Monday conducted raids [AFP report] around Brussels and the Liege region, ultimately seizing military-style training uniforms, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday submitted a proposed Constitutional amendment to the French Parliament to address anti-terrorism laws in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris in November. It is reported [WSJ report] that the proposed amendments would allow the government to strip the nationality of natural born … [read more]


Student Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Duke M. Truong of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Duke M. Truong of the Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the issues the US is facing in accepting Syrian refugees in fear of terrorist attack... Eighty-one percent of Americans see a major terrorist attack as likely following the Paris massacres on November 13, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] Monday for the criminal prosecution of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other US government officials for their participation in torture programs following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The report found that the Obama administration faces no legal … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs [SCOTUSblog materials] that a California woman injured in a train accident in Austria fell outside the commercial activity exception [text] of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act [text, PDF] and was barred from recovery in … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Belgian prosecutors said Monday that they have charged a fourth suspect in connection with the Paris attacks. Mohammed Amri and Hamza Attou have been charged [BBC report], along with two unnamed individuals, for aiding Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who remains at large. The four individuals charged were among … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday unanimously adopted [press release] a new resolution [draft, PDF] calling on all member states to fight to eradicate the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) [JURIST backgrounder]. Introduced by France in the wake of ISIL attacks that claimed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] voted Thursday to extend the state of emergency [materials, in French] for another three months. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and allows authorities to restrict movement of individuals and vehicles with the country's borders. During … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the fifth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Kim discusses how courts should determine whether a government or state action is promoting a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Nov 2015
by Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law discusses how the media's disproportionate focus on the European dimensions of the plight of Syrian refugees...For four years, much of the world has ignored the Syrian refugee crisis. In light of this, recent media attention on the plight of Syrians … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday revived [opinion, PDF] a civil rights lawsuit filed by a coalition of Muslim groups that accuses the New York City Police Department (NYPD) [official website] of conducting unjustified surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey. The appeals … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral argument [day call, PDF] Monday on two cases. In Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore [transcript, PDF], the court heard arguments regarding the role of spouses as guarantors in credit applications. In this case, Community Bank of Raymore asked for a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A court in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to multi-year jail sentences for their roles in a series of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 and 2009. Leading the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], Ignace Murwanashyaka … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]

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