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Legal News
9 hours ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A Moroccan judge on Thursday ordered the release [NYT report] of Younis Chekkouri, a former Guantanamo detainee who had remained in custody for nearly five months despite diplomatic assurances that he would be freed after his transfer to the country [JURIST report]. Chekkouri's case drew scrutiny because authorities in Morocco … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Brittany Felder

Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Revolution in Iran, the nation's legal structures are still "deeply flawed," according to an 87-page report [text, PDF] released [press release] Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Describing how the revolution elicited sweeping changes in the justice system, the report discusses Iran's new … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein [official profile] stated on Monday that Syrian factions should not offer amnesty for any committed war crimes as opposing sides meet in Geneva to discuss a possible end to the country's ongoing civil war. Hussein stated to the press [UN News report] … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday accused [HRW report] Iraqi Shiite militias of carrying out "revenge attacks" against Sunnis in wake of an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing attack at a local cafe. The militia group has abducted and killed many Sunni residents in the central Iraq … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

A court in India on Friday convicted [Indian Express report] six of the eight accused of gang raping and murdering a 20-year-old college student in the Kamduni village district of the state of West Bengal. The conviction comes after more than two-and-a-half years since the incident, which prompted strong public … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Moroccan police on Monday arrested a Belgian man with a "direct relationship" to the November attack in Paris that killed 130 people. The Moroccan Interior Ministry said [BBC report] the individual in question, whose name has not been released, traveled to Syria with one of the Saint-Denis suicide bombers. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday warned [statement] that the use of cluster bombs by a Saudi-led coalition against neighborhoods in Yemen may amount to a war crime. Cluster bombs spread bomblets over a wide area, many of which do not immediately explode, allowing the bomblets to … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Belgian prosecutors on Tuesday said that authorities have taken into custody two people suspected of plotting New Year's Eve attacks of popular tourist spots in Brussels. According to their statement, police on Sunday and Monday conducted raids [AFP report] around Brussels and the Liege region, ultimately seizing military-style training uniforms, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday submitted a proposed Constitutional amendment to the French Parliament to address anti-terrorism laws in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris in November. It is reported [WSJ report] that the proposed amendments would allow the government to strip the nationality of natural born … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Months after a deadly July arson attack that left an 18-month old Palestinian and his parents dead, the Israeli government [Ministry of Justice official site, Hebrew] is making moves to prosecute the Jewish extremists [ABCnews report] suspected to have committed the attacks. The length of time it has taken … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [[advocacy website] on Thursday called for [AI report] a thorough investigation into torture allegations levied against the police responsible for the arrests of two men in relation to the Koh Tao murders. The men, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, were found guilty Thursday of the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed numerous structures in residential areas that may amount to violations of international humanitarian law, according to a new briefing [report] published by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. In six attacks occurring between September and November … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Ashley Merritt of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Merritt of the Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on deterring gun violence... In response to a disturbing rise in homicides and violent gun crime, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has suggested a solution: harsher mandatory minimum sentences for charges … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report [report, PDF] Saturday describing human rights abuses in Kunduz, Afghanistan, during a temporary occupation by the Taliban. The report released preliminary figures of 289 civilian deaths and 559 civilian … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] condemned [press release] Boko Haram on Sunday for the group's alleged involvement in a triple suicide attack on the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad Saturday that left more than 30 dead and injured over 130. The attack [Al Jazeera report] targeted a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Dec 2015
by Robbie Sabel of Hebrew University Jerusalem
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Robbie Sabel, of the Hebrew University Jerusalem, discusses the continued violence in Israel ... In recent weeks Israel has been facing a wave of "individual" terrorism and the Israel Authorities are in a dilemma as to how to combat it within existing legal restraints. In the past, … [read more]

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