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Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website] on Friday said it is considering appealing [press release] a ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website], which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance [PDF, Ordinance No. 49] that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] ruled Monday that a tactic employed by police to control protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction [text, PDF] to stop the practice. Police were forcing peaceful protesters to keep … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The head of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites], Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday announced [ICC press release] the office will open a second investigation [ICC report, PDF] into the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) [JURIST news archive] with respect to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in three cases involving same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii [materials]. The three-judge panel consists of judges Stephen Reinhardt [official profile], appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Marsha Berzon [official profile] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 [legislative materials] that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [document, PDF] identifying various government, militia and rebel leaders of the Central African Republican (CAR) that the organization believes to be responsible for serious violent offenses that have forced nearly a million people to abandon their homes over the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] Religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) [JURIST news archive] has the potential to create the conditions for genocide [press release], the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] said Tuesday, urging other nations to intervene to stop the conflict. The 89-page page report, entitled They Must … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] Central African Republic (CAR) President Catherine Samba-Panza has requested that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigate crimes committed within ICC jurisdiction since August 21, 2012. ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] issued a statement [text] Thursday describing the context of the referral to the ICC and mentioning … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a press release [text] today urging EU leaders to publicly raise concerns about the diminishing support for human rights issues in China under President Xi Jinping [BBC profile]. HRW has taken action by writing letters to EU top officials Jose Manuel Barroso … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously on Tuesday in US v. Quality Stores, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that involuntarily terminated severance packages given to employees are subject to wage taxation under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) [text, PDF]. The case stems from the bankruptcy of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum [official website] said in a filing on Thursday that her office will not defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Rosenblum said [WP report] that the ban cannot survive a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review. Rosenblum went on to say [Reuters report] … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate [official website] on Monday approved [text] a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The largely Republican Senate approved the amendment, sent from the Indiana House of Representatives after a change that removed a ban on same-sex civil unions, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Catherine Short of Life Legal Defense Foundation discusses the upcoming decision in McCullen v. Coakley...When the state of Massachusetts came before the US Supreme Court to defend its abortion clinic buffer zone law in McCullen v. Coakley, one would have expected it to rely heavily on the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Maria Coladonato

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In 2006, Virginia voters ratified an amendment (Article I section 15-A) to the Virginia Constitution [text, PDF], which deemed marriage as a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Four married same-sex couples have joined with the Forum for Equality Louisiana [advocacy website] in filling a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition [Article XIII section 15] against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. The Louisiana Constitution as amended in 2004 defines marriage … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples living in Kentucky. The case was brought by four same-sex couples living in Kentucky, who had been legally married in … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Missouri [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] on Monday in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri [official website] on behalf of eight same-sex couples seeking recognition for their marriages, which were all performed out of state. … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Nevada Attorney General [official website] Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that her office would no longer be pursuing its legal defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban, stating that recent decisions in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] had rendered the state's arguments untenable. … [read more]

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