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Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] An Indian anti-terror court [MCOCA court] on Friday convicted 12 men of various charges, including murder, in connection with the near simultaneous bombings [NY Times report] of seven trains in Mumbai in 2006. The men, ranging in age from late 20s to early 40s, are thought to have been … [read more]

Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a ruling against defendant Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, essentially granting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official websites] the power to regulate corporate cybersecurity. In 2012, the FTC filed suit against Wyndham in the US … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe [official website] on Thursday signed a legislative measure [HB 1445] aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative defense to … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP [corporate website] will face under the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] after he ruled [opinion, pdf] that the size of the offshore oil spill [JURIST backgrounder] … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Nov 2014
by Kateryna Dronova of VoxUkraine
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Kateryna Dronova, of VoxUkraine, discusses the Ukranian regulations governing IDP protection...On October 20, 2014 the Ukrainian Parliament passed the Law on the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced People (hereinafter the Law on IDP). This piece of legislation generally makes a good impression on the public and … [read more]

18 Oct 2014
by Sarah Steers

All but one of the US presidents, beginning with George Washington, have issued orders which can be equated with the modern-day executive order. The sole exception was William Henry Harrison, who died in office after having held the presidency for less than a month. Before 20th century, executive orders were not … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Wednesday that BP [corporate website] was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster [JURIST backgrounder]. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Catherine Short of Life Legal Defense Foundation discusses the upcoming decision in McCullen v. Coakley...When the state of Massachusetts came before the US Supreme Court to defend its abortion clinic buffer zone law in McCullen v. Coakley, one would have expected it to rely heavily on the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Nouwen of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law argues that the challenge facing both South Sudan and the international community is to ensure the South Sudanese right to decide on a future they want ... These days are crucial for South Sudan. The most immediate … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law argues that the recent legal challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board is a political question that should not be determined by the court but instead reversed on justiciability grounds … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On October 12, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles C. Jalloh, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Kenya's opting to withdraw from the International Criminal Court poses major risks for minimal gain ...On September 5, 2013, a majority of Kenya's National Assembly voted in favor of a motion, introduced by the … [read more]

21 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The continuing legal controversy over reproductive rights has embroiled the US legal system for decades. Since the US Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, regulating abortion services has been a major target of legislation in Congress and in every state legislature. Despite numerous Supreme Court decisions and countless … [read more]

19 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The continuing legal conflict over reproductive rights has embroiled the US legal system for decades. Since the US Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the regulation of abortion services has been a major target of legislation in the US Congress and in the legislatures of every US state. … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-3 Monday in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that reverse payment settlements can sometimes violate antitrust laws. A reverse payment settlement, better known as a "pay to delay" settlement, is an agreement in which a patent holder pays … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of the Michigan State University College of Law says that the International Labor Organization's recent report addressing gaps in the current legal regime erected against forced labor is commendable but unsatisfying, arguing that it only superficially touches upon forced labor's root causes: poverty and … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter [transcript, PDF] the court is considering whether an arbitrator acts within his powers under the Federal Arbitration Act [text] or exceeds those powers by determining that parties … [read more]

Legal News
17 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Zealand [official website] declined [judgment, PDF] Wednesday to overturn a lower court decision holding that US authorities must turn over a large amount of evidence in order to secure the extradition of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom, who is accused of orchestrating the largest copyright … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Canadian federal court judge on Tuesday ordered a judicial review of the nation's prison grievance system. Justice Anne Mactavish for the Federal Court of Canada [official website] held [CBC report] that the backlog in the grievance system is contributing to the increased violence and tension in the nation's … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Abeer Hashayka, an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, examines the treatment of Palestinian families at Israeli checkpoints and calls for safe, reliable access to hospitals and clinics during pregnancy...For most families, the birth of a child is a happy … [read more]

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