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Legal News
28 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the Spanish government at every level to increase its focus on addressing the racial intolerance within its borders. Ruteere noted that a successful campaign against racial discrimination and intolerance would only be achieved by "clear and more … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Statistics Canada [official website] announced Tuesday that the police-reported crime rate for 2011 declined six percent [text, PDF] from 2010, reaching the lowest level since 1972. Throughout the country 1,984,916 incidents of crimes were reported in 2011—110,000 fewer than in 2010. However, despite the fact that rates for most … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Danish authorities failed to examine possible racist motivations behind an attack on an Iraqi refugee family in Denmark in 2004, according to an opinion [doc] published by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) [official website]. Iraqi-born Mahali Dawas, his wife and eight children were attacked … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Statistics Canada [official website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that both the number and rate of police-reported hate crimes declined in 2010 by 18 percent from the previous year [materials]. While the report made clear that "police-reported data likely undercount the true extent of hate crime in Canada, as not … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Trevor Burrus, a legal associate for the Cato Institute, argues that despite claims by critics of the Supreme Court, "partisanship" is nothing more than an epithet with little descriptive content and will not be the driving factor behind the final decision on the Affordable Care Act...The large … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Mar 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that while deciding Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, the Supreme Court should be mindful of precedent that supports universal jurisdiction and corporate liability when it comes to human rights violations... Oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] Statistics Canada [official website] reported Thursday that Canadian crime rates have hit their lowest levels [materials] since 1973. Crime fell 5 percent in 2010 to just over two million crimes committed. Experts cite [Toronto Sun report] Canada's aging population as well as keeping children in school longer as major … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a verdict in favor of Royal Dutch Shell PLC [corporate website] in a case brought by families of Nigerian protesters who were executed [UNHCR backgrounder] by the previous Nigerian government in … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Ontario Provincial Police [official website] on Thursday announced hate crimes charges [press release] against a Bangladeshi-born Canadian man after he posted comments on a website calling for the extermination of Jewish people. Salman Hossain was charged with three counts of willfully promoting hatred against an identifiable group and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Canadian police reported a 35 percent increase in hate crimes [materials] from 2007 to 2008, according to a report released Monday. During 2008, police reported 1,036 total hate crimes, with 55 percent motivated by race, 26 percent motivated by religion and 16 percent motivated by sexual orientation. That is … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against Chiquita Brand International [corporate website], which has admitted to funding a right-wing paramilitary group in Colombia. In the complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website], 242 Colombians alleged that … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit [case materials] that accuses Chiquita Brands International Inc. [corporate website] of assisting Marxist rebels who killed Colombian missionaries may go forward. The suit was brought [Palm Beach Post report] by family members of five North American missionaries who had worked for … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] heard arguments on Monday in an appeal by multi-national corporations accused of assisting the South African government during the apartheid-era [JURIST new archive]. The corporations, which include IBM, Ford Motor Co., Daimler and General Motors Corp. [corporate websites], … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ordered [text, PDF] the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California (FPD) [official website] on Wednesday to pay a monetary award to a man denied healthcare benefits for his same-sex spouse. Deputy federal … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] A $15.5 million settlement [press release] was reached Monday between Royal Dutch Shell PLC [corporate website] and the families of nine Nigerian activists who were killed in 1995. The settlement came [WSJ report] as the case was scheduled to go to trial in the US District Court for the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism [official website] has laid out plans to establish a global tribunal to prosecute private companies accused of human rights abuses. In an interview [text] last week with the Commonwealth Secretariat [advocacy website], Dr. Martin Scheinin [academic profile] said that his … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] in part a motion to dismiss lawsuits against some companies accused of assisting South Africa's apartheid-era [JURIST news archive] government can go forward. The lawsuit, brought by … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] Tuesday a district court decision finding former El Salvador chief military commander Nicolas Carranza [CJA backgrounder] liable for murder and torture committed during the El Salvador civil war [PBS backgrounder] in … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] A class of plaintiffs suing several dozen US companies which did business in South Africa during apartheid [JURIST news archive] will ask to narrow their claims Tuesday in a status conference to be held in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). The plaintiffs … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says despite a recent conclusion of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top US officials are immune from torture-related litigation launched by former US detainees because they were performing … [read more]

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