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Legal News
2 days ago
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 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

Experts from the UN and the Inter-American human rights systems urged Canada Monday to address the "root causes" [press release] of the extreme violence and discrimination against indigenous women and girls in the country at a meeting with Canadian Ministers for Justice, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and for the Status … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

United Nations [official website] rights experts on Monday asked [UN report] Pakistani officials to stop construction work on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan due to concern that it has led to numerous people being forcibly evicted and that it has resulted in damage to historical and cultural heritage … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] may use a report [text, PDF] on menthol cigarettes. The tobacco companies argued [JURIST report] that the report was written by experts with … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against anti-abortion activists. The organization claims criminal misconduct by the activists who produced undercover videos [BBC report] discussing the handling and sale of fetal tissue at … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Ontario Superior Court [official website] on Thursday ruled that police orders requiring telecommunications companies to hand over cellphone user data breached the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms [text, PDF]. The orders, labeled "tower dumps," demanded [Globe and Mail report] that Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] US-based tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo submitted evidence [text] on Friday of possible conflicts that may arise from the UK government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill [text, PDF]. Should the bill pass, tech companies would be required [Verge report] to perform bulk data collections of all user … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] TransCanda [official website] on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against the US Government in federal court challenging President Barack Obama's decision to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. TransCanada filed its suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] claiming that Obama lacked … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi [official website], a recent recipient of the prestigious European human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, has suffered fainting spells and deteriorating health [Sydney Morning Herald report] owing to the lengthy hunger strike he initiated more than 20 days ago. According to Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Quebec [official website] on Tuesday overturned a lower court injunction and ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] that Quebec's physician-assisted death law is not in conflict with any elements of the Quebec Criminal Code [text]. The legislation [Bill 52], which became law on December 10, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The head of army forces command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, General Robert Abrams on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl [BBC profile] face court martial for deserting an endangering troops by leaving his outpost in 2009. Bergdahl faces a possible life sentence [NYT report], a much more severe punishment … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] certiorari in an appeal by Mexican states attempting to sue BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court let stand a lower court ruling in Veracruz, Mexico, et al. v. BP, P.L.C., et al. [opinion], finding … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani man on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, as well as other plans to attack New York City and Copenhagen. Abid Naseer, a 29-year-old extremist who denied any affiliation with al Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] during his … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] on Friday that the constitution does not require the Alberta legislature to enact laws in both French and English. French speakers, Gilles Caron and Pierre Boutet, challenged traffic tickets they were issued in 2003 because the laws and citations were only … [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]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed [press release] a bill [A4587, PDF] into law Monday that would allow for the administering of edible medical marijuana to sick and disabled children on school grounds without triggering the arrests of parents or educators. The bill, also known as Genny's Bill [backgrounder], was … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he has rejected a request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president cited climate change as the primary reason in which he is not allowing construction of the pipeline, which was proposed … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

German lawmakers [official website, in German] approved a bill [press release, in German] Friday allowing assisted suicide for "altruistic motives" but banning the practice in cases where it is being conducted on a "business" basis. Lawmakers voted in favor of the bill despite fears that it could lead to charges … [read more]

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