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Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti [BBC report; JURIST news archive], annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted [Reuters report] of committing four … [read more]

4 Feb 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The US launched its embargo against Cuba in retaliation to Fidel Castro's declared allegiance to the Soviet Union. The embargo, though undergoing various transformations after its inception, remained official US policy until December 2014 when the Obama administration announced policy changes and planned to resume diplomatic ties in response to … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday announced policy changes [press release; fact sheet] to the US-Cuba relationship. Obama has directed Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] to reestablish diplomatic relations and to review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. He also announced "steps to increase … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Karlanna Lewis, Yale Law School Class of 2015, uses the Pussy Riot incident to draw comparisons between Russia and the West in terms of their restrictions and protections of freedom of expression...Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk band, is the subject of much Western attention; however they … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania ruled Tuesday that the July 29 national referendum to remove President Traian Basescu [official websites, in Romanian] from office is invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The ruling confirms [Reuters report] the findings of the national electoral … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Romanian President Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] survived a national referendum on Sunday when the vote was invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The controversial attempt to remove Basescu from office was largely orchestrated by Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile], … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ivan Milosevic, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, is the author of the eleventh entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He dissects the history of the former Yugoslavia … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Iryna Dasevich is a LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has interned in the police department and the district court in Turnopil, Ukraine. In the first entry of a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the likely outcome of the withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq is a backslide into sectarian violence resulting in the split into smaller states based on ethnoreligious geography...The official drawdown of US forces in Iraq yesterday, December … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Brazilian Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] ruled 6-3 on Wednesday that it would not extradite former Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti back to Italy and said that Italy did not have standing to challenge the decision. The court upheld last year's decision by former president Luiz Inacio Lula … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday charged General Eugenio Vides Casanova, former defense minister of El Salvador, for human rights crimes committed during El Salvador's 12-year civil war [PBS backgrounder] while he served as the country's top military officer. The US is also seeking to deport [La Pagina report, in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Mar 2011

Gary C. Gambill [Editor, Mideast Monitor]: "Last month, an extraordinarily popular uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was interrupted by a turn of events that is not uncommon when aging autocrats outlive their capacity to protect deeply vested interests - a bloodless seizure of power by generals promising a transition … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says Arizona's controversial new immigration law appears to be constitutional, at least on its face, but the state must be scrupulously careful to avoid even the appearance of any kind of discrimination against Hispanics.... Arizona's controversial new … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Apr 2010

Agnieszka Bienczyk-Missala [Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw]: "On 10 April 2010 one of the most tragic events in Polish post-war history happened. Polish president Lech KaczyÅ„ski died in a plane crash on his way to Smolensk in Russia for a Katyn commemoration ceremony. 70 years ago at … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Apr 2010

Piotr Maciej KaczyÅ„ski [Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies]: "On the tragic morning of the Black Saturday, 10 April 2010, the President of Poland Lech KaczyÅ„ski travelling with his wife Maria and 94 other persons were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. They were going to KatyÅ„, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] An international court to prosecute crimes against humanity committed by communist regimes should be created by the European Union (EU) [official website], the participants of the Prague Crimes of the Communist Regime Conference [official website] said in a joint statement [text] Friday. The participants in the conference, organized by … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Brazilian Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Wednesday voted 5-to-4 to extradite [press release, in Portuguese] former Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti back to Italy, but left the final decision to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [official profile, in Portuguese], who granted him asylum earlier this year. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Nov 2008

Ariel Cohen [Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation]: "The Russian Constitution proclaims a presidential republic within a multi-party system, with president as a "guarantor" of the Constituion. However, checks and balances in Russia were underdeveloped since the collapse of communism in 1991 (and non-existent under communism).Moreover, since 2000, Russia further … [read more]

Student Commentary
5 Jul 2008

JURIST Staffer Eric Linge, Pitt Law '10, from Addis Ababa...Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) is not easy. Especially for a country like Ethiopia that has a history of communism to unwind, reams of technical laws have to be rewritten to be WTO compliant. But before legislators even sit down … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Oct 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law, former Chief Prosecutor for the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, says that the recent meeting at Chautauqua of nine of the twelve living international prosecutors, spanning the Nuremberg Trials to the International Criminal Court, produced a landmark call … [read more]

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