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Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Dec 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authorized and/or facilitated by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The lead-up to the Iraq War began in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. During President George W. Bush's national address on the night of the attacks, he announced that the US would not distinguish between terrorists and the countries that harbor them. Some Bush administration officials, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, says that Archbishop Desmond Tutu's statements regarding the prosecution of George W. Bush and Tony Blair serve as an ardent call for advancement towards a truly universal system of justice...While Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent call … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in Reichle v. Howards [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that two secret service agents are entitled to qualified immunity [Cornell LII backgrounder] in a lawsuit alleging retaliatory arrest. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [advocacy website] on Friday found former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] and seven administration officials guilty of war crimes [press release] after a symbolic trial. The five-member tribunal convicted Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney, former defense … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in Vasquez v. United States [transcript; JURIST report] on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit violated the Supreme Court's precedent on harmless error. Alexander Vasquez was convicted on drug-related charges on a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Reichle v. Howards [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case dealing with qualified immunity [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, following an encounter with then-US vice president … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [official website] on Tuesday found former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] guilty of war crimes after a symbolic trial [JURIST report]. The duo was found guilty on charges in connection to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [official website] will hold a symbolic four-day war crimes trial [press release] against former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] and other former US officials on charges in connection to the March … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Sep 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that despite the plethora of legal and cultural changes that have occurred in the US since September 11, 2001, international law remains the same as it was a decade ago, and that the changes which have … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Obama administration to begin a criminal investigation into alleged detainee abuses authorized by former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] following the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive]. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "Getting … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Jul 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that all instances of torture must be investigated as violations of US and international law and a failure to do so will allow impunity for those who authorized these actions... President Barack Obama declared "nobody's above the law" … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama overrode the legal interpretations of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel [official websites] in maintaining the administration's position that US forces operating in Libya did not violate the 1973 War Powers Resolution [50 USC § 1541 et … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy websites] filed a joint expert opinion [text, PDF] Tuesday urging a Spanish court to open an investigation into six former Bush administration officials for their roles in the torture [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Nigerian prosecutors announced Thursday that they are instituting bribery charges against former US vice president Dick Cheney [BBC profile] in connection in with a contract that Halliburton [corporate website; JURIST news archive] subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) [corporate website] obtained to build a natural gas project in the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston says recent evidence shows that the US has enabled certain Nazi war criminals to avoid prosecution, but that it is incumbent upon the government to end such impunity by actively prosecuting and/or extraditing suspects to stand trial... In the past, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 May 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney of the Guantanamo project at the Center for Constitutional Rights, says the question of whether the government can criminally prosecute an attorney for representing a client said by the executive to be a member of al Qaeda is unfortunately unresolved under … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] did not violate the free speech rights of former agent Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive] when it prevented her from revealing certain classified information in her … [read more]

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