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Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised [press release] the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure [text, PDF], which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that a legal instrument, which grants children access to international human rights protections, will go into effect in April. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla M'jid reported [press … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Academic Director of the Arcadia Center for East African Studies says that while the Kenyan vote to withdraw from the ICC masks the greater danger of polarization in Africa opposing much needed applications of international law ... On September 5, 2013, the Kenya Parliament adopted … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Academic Director of the Arcadia Center for East African Studies says that by forbidding independent political candidates, the Tanzanian Constitution violates the African Union Charter on Human and People's Rights ... On June 14, 2013, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights delivered its … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Turkish judges on Monday delayed closing arguments in the trial of 275 individuals charged with plotting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, Turkish]. Defendants were scheduled to deliver closing statements [AP report] on Monday, but mass protests outside the courtroom caused delays, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday delivered the first of more than 300 verdicts expected in the trial examining the 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot [JURIST news archive], which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, human rights abuses and wrongful imprisonment...In 2008, recently … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Turkish state prosecutor on Monday urged the court to move to a verdict in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003. The prosecution has demanded 15 to 20 years of imprisonment [Reuters report] for the 364 officers, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday reported that it has transferred four individuals convicted for their involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC News backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to the Republic of Mali [BBC backgrounder] . The four convicts, who include Theoneste Bagosora [ICTR … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Philippines President Beningno Aquino III [official website] on Monday signed the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 [text, PDF] which criminalizes the financing of terrorism. The new law will penalize an individual who organizes or directs the commission of the crime of financing terrorism with imprisonment of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A boycott by defense lawyers in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003 caused the judge to refer the case on Friday to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office to break the deadlock. The trial stems from the Balyoz … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear the case amid allegations by the defense counsel that … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] A Dutch appeals court on Thursday sentenced Joseph Mpambara [Hague Justice Portal profile] to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Mpambara, a former member of extremist Hutu militia Interahamwe [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which was responsible for the deaths of thousands … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday the appointment of three "high-level experts" to lead the Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating allegations of human rights abuses in the Ivory Coast following elections. The appointments include Vitit Muntabhorn, a professor of law at … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Friday released the 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [materials]. The report outlined three prevailing trends that shaped human rights in 2010. These included the growth of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the increase in access to the Internet and mobile … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Benin on Monday confirmed provisional election results in the country's March presidential election, securing the reelection of President Thomas Boni Yayi [official websites, in French]. Yayi secured 53 percent of the vote, allowing him to avoid a runoff [L'araignee report, in French] in his campaign … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Benin [official website, in French] on Friday approved a second postponement of presidential elections following complaints that over one million people were not registered to vote. The court delayed the date [AFP report] of the presidential election from March 6 to March 13, holding that … [read more]

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