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Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria [official website] approved [Focus Information Agency report] amendments to the Constitution [text] on Wednesday to reform the judicial system. At a third reading of the proposed amendments, 189 legislators voted in favour, 39 MPs voted against and one abstained. The constitutional amendments … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights dismissed the claims [judgments] of three students claiming their nearly two weeks of detention without charges violated their human rights. The three students were in the UK on student visas when they were detained and have since returned to their homes in Pakistan. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Home Office statistics [materials] revealed Tuesday that hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18 percent over the last year. Police recorded [Huffington Post report] 52,528 hate crimes between 2014 and 2015, which were motivated by factors including race and religious hatred, disability, sexual orientation and gender … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Bulgarian military court on Friday sentenced former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov [official profile] to 10 years in prison for embezzlement. Kirov had served as the head of the National Intelligence Service [official website, in Bulgarian] from 2002 until 2012 and was convicted in 2013 for embezzling 4.7 million … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Stoyan Panov of University College Freiburg
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University College Freiburg [German] briefly discusses the criminalization of crimes against humanity in Bulgaria ... In early May 2015 a group of 12 MPs in Bulgaria proposed an amendment bill [Bulgarian] to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria with the purpose … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities [press release]. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews with 81 … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture [official website] on Thursday criticized [report, PDF] Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had in … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Bulgarian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Bulgarian] proposed a bill [materials; press release] amending and supplementing Bulgaria's criminal code to address growing threats of terrorism on Tuesday. The purpose of the bill is to fill in gaps of the criminal code, as well as to fulfill Bulgaria's … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Aug 2014
by Arkady Bukh of Law Offices of Bukh & Associates
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Arkady Bukh of the Law Offices of Bukh & Associates describes the recent arrest of an alleged Russian cyber criminal and its place in the history of cybercrime... The recent arrest of Russian citizen Roman Valeravich Seleznev by US authorities for alleged cyber crimes highlights one of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
17 Jun 2014
by Angelique Devaux of Indiana University
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux discusses the harmonization of law in the European Union and the Franco-German Agreement of Common Optional Matrimonial Property Regime... In a time when Europe is experiencing economic crisis for several years and developed an identity crisis marked by the boost of Eurosceptics at the recent … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Corruption costs [press release] EU member states approximately €120 billion each year, according to the European Commission (EC) [official website] EU Anti-Corruption Report [text, PDF] released Monday. The first-ever EC report on the subject details the nature of corruption in each member state as well as the impact corruption … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report [text; PDF] on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established [commission decision, PDF] … [read more]

29 Nov 2013
by Michael Roberts

The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined … [read more]

20 Sep 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The US Constitution granted separate war powers to both Congress and the President, and neither branch has refrained [PDF] from exercising those powers. During the 19th century, Congress formally declared three wars and authorized the president to engage in military actions on several occasions. In July 1798, President John … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] launched a new campaign [press release] on Friday dedicated to raising awareness about discrimination against the LGBT community and promoting respect for equal rights. Known as "Free and Equal," [official website] the campaign focuses on public … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2013
by Elie Freedman

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Tuesday ruled [judgment, in German] that same-sex couples in a civil union can legally adopt [press release, in German] the non-biological children of their partners. The challenge to the existing adoption rules [AP report] was brought by a … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2012
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Tuesday passed a resolution [text, PDF; press release] condmening extrajudicial, summary, and arbitrary executions on the basis of "gender identity" for the first time. In a vote of 108 to 1, the UNGA amended the resolution to include language urging states … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] found Friday that two labor reforms adopted by Greece as part of wider efforts to curb the nation's financial crises were illegal. The Council's non-binding ruling [Reuters report] concerned two measures passed by the Greek government in 2010 at the urging of the … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged Serbia [press release] to protect universal freedoms and allow a banned pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The pride parade, which was scheduled to be held this Saturday in Belgrade, was canceled … [read more]

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