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Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 Jun 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, discusses the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's new rules regarding torture...For the past four and a half years, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the "Commission") has been working on … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a resolution [press release] declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution on Wednesday calling [press release] the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage [BBC report] by using the same term … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Parliament of Greece [official website] on Tuesday ratified a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide. The revised bill is titled "Fight Against Xenophobia," and it was adopted by a vote of 54-42, with 3 parliament members abstaining from the vote. With Thursday's vote, Greece joined … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. "The Kurd has … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Wednesday that children of married couples in Italy must be allowed to carry their mother's surname. The court found that restricting a child's surname to that of its father violated Article 8 (right to respect for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that prosecutions for denying that the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was a genocide are an attack on freedom of expression. The court called[press release, PDF] the right to openly discuss … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. Previously, Juzdan explained the nature and complexity of identifying the rebels in Syria and the implications of using the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Turkey's Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish] approved amendments [BIA summary] to the country's anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday to bring the legislation more in line with EU freedom of expression standards. Through the amendments Turkey will narrow its definition of terrorism propaganda [Reuters report]. Amendments to Article 6 … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Tuesday urged Turkey to move more quickly in its efforts to reform legislation. Council Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland [official profile], speaking at a conference in Ankara, emphasized the importance of reform in the laws governing freedom of expression and anti-terrorism, and the pressing … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University Law School says that the global community must engage in a serious debate over the limits of free expression as it applies to the defamation of cultures and religions, and that in order to do so the extremists on both sides … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] opened its 2012 term on Monday with the release of an order list [PDF] dealing with a number of petitions for certiorari and granting orders in some cases that they have not yet decided to hear. Notably, the court ordered a response petition … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] French President Francois Hollande [official website, in French] announced on Saturday that he plans a new law that would make it a crime to deny the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was a genocide. The Coordinating Council of Armenian Organisations of France (CCAF) [advocacy website], … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Armenian opposition group the Armenian National Congress (ANC) [party website, in Armenian] on Wednesday alleged fraud in the country's recent parliamentary elections. The ANC called for the election results to be thrown out because of widespread fraud, including paying for votes, by the Republican Party of President Serzh Sarksyan … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stan Goldman of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, says federal law already authorizes states to criminally prosecute perpetrators of genocidal crimes, and that Turkish annoyance is not a legitimate basis to invalidate a civil remedy against those responsible for the Armenian genocide...The US Court of Appeals for … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Constitutional Council of the French Republic [official website, in French] on Tuesday ruled [judgment, in French] that a French law [materials, in French] making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered a genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is unconstitutional. Ultimately, the Council found [AFP report] … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that heirs of victims of the Armenian genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Turkey cannot sue German insurance companies for failed life insurance payments from German insurance companies. Descendants of the genocide victims … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Vivian Curran of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Armenian genocide law must be viewed in the context of French lois mémorielles, the complex history of France and EU law, noting that the French Constitutional Court will have to carefully balance dedication both … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A French genocide denial ban [materials, in French] passed last week [JURIST report] stalled on Tuesday after two groups of French politicians challenged the law's constitutionality. The opposition groups, which include members in both the Senate and the National Assembly, gathered the necessary signatures to require the Constitutional council … [read more]

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