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Academic Commentary
4 days ago
by Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania Law School discusses abortion rights in America ...In 1973, over 40 years ago now, the US Supreme Court entered the abortion fray in Roe v. Wade. Roe offered the nation the court's view of the competing interests in the abortion … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the First Amendment rights of public teachers who do not wish to pay union fees. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association [transcript, PDF] the court must decide whether public employees who have opted out of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Italian cities Milan and Rome on Monday restricted [BBC report] the use of cars, motor cycles, and scooters as smog levels have increased. Experts believe that the unseasonably dry and calm weather contributed to the increased smog pollution. Restrictions in Milan ban motor vehicles for six hours a day … [read more]


Student Commentary
16 Dec 2015
by Alyssa Lebron of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyssa Lebron of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the seventh author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lebron discusses the long-term effects of concussions and the need for federal regulation in contact … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST]US President Barack Obama [official website] on Saturday applauded [press release] the new climate change agreement reached Friday at the Paris summit. The agreement was reached during the twenty-first annual conference of parties, known as COP21 [official website]. He stated that the agreement could be a turning point for the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment on Thursday spoke [press release] at the Paris Climate Conference, reminding all nations that environmental issues are human rights issues. The conference includes 190 nations discussing a new universal agreement that would work to reduce greenhouse gas to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Minster of Natural Environment said Friday that the country's government plans to sue BHP Billiton Ltd., Vale SA, and Samarco Mineração SA for USD $5.24 billion for damages caused by a dam collapse at an iron ore site the two co-own. The iron ore site, Samarco Mineração SA, is … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Janos Pasztor, the UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, on Friday, announced [press release] that the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris on November 30th must serve as the turning point for climate law throughout the world. The conference will take place in Le Bourget in … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert warned [press release] Tuesday that climate change may threaten food security. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food [official website], Hilal Elver, warned that the intense weather conditions, including droughts, high temperatures, earthquakes and hurricanes, are threatening crops, livestock, fish and … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday grantedcertiorari [order list, PDF] in 13 cases, following its annual long conference Monday. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on a separation of powers issue involving terrorism victims' rights to funds held by the Central … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Sep 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC discusses the intricacies of the definition of family in the international human rights arena and what this means for LGBTI people, women and children...A significant development in the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council was the passing of a deeply controversial resolution … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Sep 2015
by Craig Martin of Washburn University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Martin, an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law, discusses how the Japan's government's reinterpretation of Japan's constitutional limits on the use of military force will affect the US foreign policies... On August 30, tens of thousands of Japanese citizens demonstrated outside of the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [text, PDF] Kimberly Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts [official website] in Kentucky, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis is currently appealing [JURIST report] a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] by the US … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday opened [statement of objections, PDF] formal proceedings looking into whether the Walt Disney Company [corporate website] and other prominent US film studios committed antitrust violations. The EC is extending the Disney proceedings that were already opened on January 13, 2014 to … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met Tuesday and announced an agreement [text] to address climate change. Both countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of wind and solar power sources to 20 percent of each nation's electricity production by 2030. Brazil also pledged … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted a motion to stay [order, PDF], allowing over half of Texas' 18 abortion clinics to stay open by temporarily blocking a law [HB 2] that would place stringent requirements on clinics requiring the majority of them to close. The US Court … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Kingdomware Technologies v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case that deals with the rights of small-business-owning veterans to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website]. In 2006, Congress passed … [read more]

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