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Academic Commentary
17 May 2015
by Peter Jan Honigsberg of University of San Francisco School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert Gonzalez declared that … [read more]

Student Commentary
28 Dec 2014
by Clarence Leatherbury of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Clarence Leatherbury from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the debate over torture techniques and our nations security... The American public was recently given information about the CIA's torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush Administration, stirring up the debate over whether the torture … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) [official website] said on Sunday that there have been more more incidents of serious fraud reported in the April presidential election than the previous election in 2009, when more than a million suspect votes were thrown out. The April 5 vote has been … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An Afghan election official from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) warned in a news conference Wednesday that Saturday's national election may may have suffered a degree of fraud. According to IECC spokesperson Nadir Mohsini In the 48-hour period for filing complaints after the election the IECC received [UNAMA … [read more]

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

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
10 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Thursday said that the administration would be releasing seventy-two prisoners the United States considers dangerous militants from Bagram prison, stating that there was not enough evidence to continue to hold them. The government said [BBC report] that there was … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday condemned [statement] a terrorist attack [CNN report] on a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has reportedly killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 100. Ban expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The nonprofit human rights law firm Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) [advocacy website] released a report [materials] on Thursday detailing the conditions at Bagram Prison [official website] in Afghanistan, a facility that detains non-Afghan prisoners of the US despite not being under US control [JURIST report] since March. According to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Douglas Cox and Ramzi Kassem, Associate Professors at the City University of New York School of Law say that the National Security Council needs to return to previous levels of oversight and legal restriction... In yet another troubling illustration of government secrecy and evasion of accountability, the … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

During the course of the War on Terror, the US military detained hundreds of individuals as "enemy combatants"—a label the US government used to denote their legal status as unlawful combatants without protections under the Geneva Conventions. With military conflicts first in Afghanistan and later in Iraq, the number of … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] demanded Saturday that all prisoners of war held by UK forces at Bagram Airfield [official website] be released into Afghan custody. The estimated number of detainees is more than 80. Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, confirmed [press release] that Karzai instructed National Security Advisor … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The US gave full control of Bagram Prison [official website] to Afghanistan on Monday, winding down US military presence in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] sought to regain control of the detention center in efforts to reclaim sovereignty [AFP report] over the country, as the US begins … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] said Sunday that US forces were capturing and holding Afghans in violation of a detainee transfer pact [statement] and that US forces should turn over that responsibility to Karzai's forces. Karzai's statement urged Afghan officials to make efforts towards toward obtaining entire responsibility … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kent Roach of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law says that a recent decision by the UK Supreme Court is an important step in the right direction for US detainees who seek "substitute justice" outside of US courts...Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani national, was captured by British … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US handed control of the Parwan prison at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] over to Afghanistan officials Monday, although the US retains control of 600 prisoners. These prisoners include Afghani detainees that the US fears will not be handled appropriately, as well as 50 Pakistani … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Government officials from both the US and Afghanistan have said that the American military will maintain control over foreign detainees [NYT report] at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan for the indefinite future, and will also continue holding and screening newly captured Afghans. According to … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Monday on whether US courts could hear foreign nationals' challenges to their detention by the US military at Bagram Air Force Base (Bagram) [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan. District Judge John Bates [official profile] … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] It was reported Monday that the US will retain control of non-Afghan detainees [The Times report] at Parwan Detention Center at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan, despite plans to transfer control of the facility to the Afghan government in two months. Under the terms … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that determining the impact of the recently announced Strategic Partnership Agreement between the US and Afghanistan requires a look into the many interests vested in the region...As immortalized in Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim, the nineteenth century "Great … [read more]

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