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Legal News
4 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Thursday that EU nations can imprison migrants who attempt to reenter after having already been formally expelled from the nation. The case involved an Albanian migrant who returned to Italy after being expelled three years prior. The … [read more]

Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kosovo's Parliament [official website] approved the creation of a war crimes court on Monday which will investigate alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 guerrilla war. Members of parliament also passed laws to create the office of the prosecution and to finance defense counsel for those … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Judges of the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) [official website] in Kosovo issued verdicts in the Drenica I and Drenica II [press releases] cases on Wednesday and sentenced 11 Kosovo Albanian men to prison. The charges included the intentional perpetration of violence, cruel treatment, beating, torture, humiliating and … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Hungary's ruling party declared [press release, in Hungarian] Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party [party website, in Hungarian] parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder]. The move follows [AP report] international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website] on Thursday called on the nation's parliament to vote on creating a European Union-backed tribunal to investigate allegations of harvesting organs from dead Serbs during the 1990s Balkans war. In a press release [text], Thaci stated, "although the issue is completely unfair … [read more]

Legal News
4 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Associated Press has discovered [AP report] plans by the European Union to instate a war crimes tribunal to deal specifically with allegations focusing on offenses committed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war [BBC backgrounder] with Serbia. During the war, the Albanian rebels were supported by … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Mar 2014
by Ramzi Kassem of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 before a federal judge in … [read more]

Legal News
11 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Serbia's war crimes court sentenced nine former paramilitaries on Tuesday for their involvement in the genocide of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. Of the 11 men on trial, only two escaped prison, with the rest receiving sentences [Reuters report] between two and 20 years for killing as many … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] An international judge from the Mitrovica Basic Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered a one-month detention for a Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, who is suspected of committing war crimes and aggravated murder during the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict [BBC backgrounder]. The order was in response to a request by … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Two former Serbian senior secret service officials were arrested Tuesday under suspicion that they planned the 1999 killing [AP report] of anti-government journalist Slavko Curuvija. Police claim that former spy agency head Milan Radonjic and operations chief Ratko Romic were involved in the shooting death of the journalist outside … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Tuesday that three Uighur Muslim detainees were transferred [press release] to Slovakia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The detainees, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were the last three members of the Chinese ethnic minority being held … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] prosecutor in the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office filed an indictment [press release] against 15 defendants on Friday in the EULEX Mitrovica Basic Court [OSCE backgrounder, PDF]. The individuals are accused of war crimes against civilians that occurred … [read more]

Legal News
18 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Tuesday acquitted [press release] Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive], a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website], of war crimes charges. Limaj was accused of killing and torturing Serbian prisoners at a Kosovo Liberation … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]

19 Jul 2013

Human trafficking occurs across the globe, but the UN International Labor Organization (ILO) reports that it is more prevalent in regions of conflict. Women and children are more likely to become victims, and on August 30, 2005, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that human trafficking was on … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] and the Kosovo Police Special Operations Unit ROSU [EU backgrounder, PDF] arrested five people Thursday on suspicion of war crimes in the 1998-1999 conflict [JURIST news archive]. Although the names of the accused were not released, the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Thursday began the retrial of Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive], a prominent political figure in the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) [official website, in Albanian] and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Nine other … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Kosovo authorities called Sunday for an investigation into the work of former UN chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC profile] for her role in bringing war crimes charges against former Kosovo prime minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj [ICTY materials; BBC profile]. Del Ponte, a Swiss … [read more]

Legal News
25 Nov 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Saturday arrested Fatmir Limaj, a prominent political figure in the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) [official website, in Albanian] and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Limaj was arrested [B92 report] for his actions actions … [read more]

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