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Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights [official website] on Tuesday expressed deep concern [press release] over human rights abuses committed by the World Bank [official website], going as far as to call the World Bank a "human rights-free zone." Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston accused the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston [official website] on Tuesday warned [press release] that poverty in Chile "remains under the radar for many policy-makers ... despite the country's impressive array of anti-poverty programs." Alston noted that although Chile serves as a model for much … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Members of a UN investigatory commission reported on Wednesday that crimes against humanity have been widely committed by all parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] and called for the establishment of an international court [UN News Centre report] to objectively … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council [JURIST report] that water flowing through a concrete channel from different points in the river does not create a pollutant under the Clean Water Act … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] Tuesday. In Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether a 180-day statutory time limit for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A US military court on Thursday convicted an army squad commander of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a "kill team" in Afghanistan that targeted unarmed civilians and collected body parts as war trophies. While three of the four defendants pleaded guilty and received reduced sentences, Sgt. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Morris Davis of Howard University School of Law says the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaqi highlights the fact that the CIA drone program violates the law of war because it is a civilian institution, lacking combatant immunity...I have been critical of President Barack Obama's embrace and expansion … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnists Micah Berman of New England Law | Boston, Kathleen Dachille of the University of Maryland School of Law, and Julie Ralston Aoki of William Mitchell College of Law say that the opinion in Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., while troubling, will have minimal impact on well-drafted public … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Three Pakistani men filed a complaint on Monday seeking to arrest former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] legal counsel for authorizing unmanned predator drone strikes [JURIST news archive]. The complaint alleges [Reuters report] that former General Counsel to the CIA John Rizzo approved the use of unmanned aerial … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Monday on the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Counsel for the plaintiffs, including … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Former UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston [JURIST news archive] on Sunday called for an investigation [Guardian report] into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. In his first interview since stepping down from his UN position, Alston urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief [text, PDF] with the District Court for the District of Columbia [official website], asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit [text, PDF] questioning the legality of targeted killings of terrorism suspects. The lawsuit, filed by the father of US citizen Anwar … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit Monday challenging [complaint, PDF] the US government's authority to conduct "targeted killings" against suspected terrorists. The ACLU and CCR allege that US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [NYT profile], suspected of being a … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation making it a crime to provide legal services to, or on behalf of, individuals labeled Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A top UN official on Wednesday called on the US to cease CIA drone strikes [press release] in Pakistan until more accountability for the strikes exists. UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston [official website] said that, despite their usefulness against terrorist organizations, the international … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Canadian resident Prapaharan Thambithurai pleaded guilty Tuesday to raising money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] in the nation's first case involving fundraising for a banned terrorist group. Thambithurai admitted raising between $2,000 and $3,000 [Globe and Mail report] between late 2007 and March … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A US subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the use of unmanned predator drone strikes [JURIST news archive]. The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official websites] held a hearing [materials] on the legality of unmanned targeting. In his opening remarks … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A US subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the use of unmanned predator drone strikes [JURIST news archive]. The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official websites] held a hearing [materials] on the legality of unmanned targeting. In his opening remarks … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday defended the legality of its use of unmanned predator drone strikes [JURIST news archive]. State Department Legal Adviser [official website] Harold Koh [academic profile] explained the administration's legal rationale in a speech [text] to the American Society of International Law [official website], saying the … [read more]

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