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Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment] Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Brazil's Federal Police have accused seven people and three companies of environmental crimes in its probe into the major Fundão dam collapse that occurred on November 5. The collapse, which has been termed the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history, released a flood of sludge burying rural villages, killing … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an employer may monitor an employee's private communications when the communications are transmitted with the employer's Internet and hardware. The applicant, Bogdan Barbulescu, was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was indicted Friday for war crimes committed during Croatia's war of independence. Vasilikovic was indicted in Croatia six months after being extradited from Australia. The 61-year-old holds [ABC report] dual Serbian-Australian citizenship. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Dec 2015
by Jeremy Schmidt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremy Schmidt of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses gun rights in the United States...President Obama, without respect to those mourning lost loved ones, has gotten into a habit of always attacking law-abiding citizens' rights to bear arms whenever there is a highly publicized … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Stockholm's district court on Friday, ruled against [press release, in Swedish] forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer, a file sharing and streaming website, respectively. The plaintiffs, Swedish Film Industry, Nordisk Film, Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, filed suit against Bredbandsbolaget, the second … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker, former Professor at the American University of Paris, discusses the European Union's Immigration and Asylum Policy ... "The challenge to the European project today is existential. The refugee crisis has brought that to light. What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement [text] on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2015
by Cristina Correnti

The term "genetically modified organisms" (GMOs) describes food with genetic material that has been manipulated through genetic engineering. This process isolates desirable genes from certain species and inserts them into another, creating plants that may look like traditionally bred species but have added characteristics that do not occur naturally. The … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

A "people's tribunal" opened Tuesday in The Hague to investigate the murder of thousands of alleged communists by Indonesian authorities in 1965. Human rights lawyers have charged Indonesia [AP report] with nine counts, including torture, sexual violence, and murder, for the government's involvement in the deaths of roughly 500,000 people. … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] has determined that the imprisonment of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile] was political and has urged his immediate release, according to a copy of their report released Monday by Anwar's family. Anwar was sentenced [JURIST report] in March … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday that Australia's maritime border control agents have engaged in significant criminal activity, bribery and abusive treatment of women, men and children who are seeking asylum. A new report titled By Hook or By Crook [text] shows that in May 2015 Australian officials … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Oct 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC International discusses the issues with assigning a gender to intersex born children... International recognition of sexual and gender diversity has grown from the protection of sexual orientation (Toonen v Australia) to gender identity (Resolution of the Human Rights Council in 2011) to an … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Australia's Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015 [text], data retention laws requiring companies to keep records and information, went into effect on Tuesday. The law requires telecommunications providers to maintain records of acount holders, sources of communications, destinations of communications, date and time of communications, and … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Wednesday that the genetic material, BRCA1 [NCI backgrounder], is not a "patentable invention" under §18(1)(a) of the Patents Act 1990 [text]. Holding [judgment summary, PDF] that allowing the gene to be patented would "involve an extension of the concept … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A dozen Pacific Rim nations, including the US, on Monday announced that they have agreed to a historic regional trade pact that links 40 percent of the global economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest such accord in history, will provide uty-free trade [Bloomberg report] on most goods while … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi [BBC profile] pardoned two Al Jazeera journalists Wednesday who had been sentenced [JURIST report] in late August for releasing video footage that allegedly contained false news in support of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder]. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, along with nearly 100 other … [read more]

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