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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and FBI [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that a joint effort between law enforcement agencies across 20 countries has led to the seizure and shutdown of the online forum Darkode which provided a marketplace where cybercriminals could buy and … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A government minister of Tunisia, Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday announced an increase of 100,000 security personnel to help protect the country from future terrorist attacks. The strengthened security measures [AP report] include doubling the security personnel at tourist sites, such as beaches, hotels and archaeological sites. The increase follows … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by João Gonçalves of University of Lisbon

JURIST Guest Columnist João Gonçalves of the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculty of Law discusses the advantages of VAT for an economic system... Europe may seem the worst class of students for the US to find for fiscal lessons, but as the necessity for a new revenue strengthens and a call … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Danish police on Sunday arrested two individuals suspected to have aided a gunman in the Copenhagen attacks that left two dead over the weekend. On Saturday a 22-year-old gunman, whose name has not yet been released, opened fire [WP report] at a cultural center that was hosting cartoonist Lars … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Angelique Devaux of French Qualified Attorney

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux, French Qualified Attorney, discusses the newest occurrences of succession in Europe ...It is just the beginning of 2015, and it is accompanied by a number of new reforms, new laws and new regulations that shall be implemented along with the New Year. 2015 shall be … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [JURIST news archive], the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive], and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC [corporate website]. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees [PDF] to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab) [NCTC backgrounder]. The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to Somalia, but was particularly … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida [official website] on Monday ruled the sedative midazolam hydrochloride is permissible in state executions. Florida is the only state in the US that uses the drug, which was implemented as part of its three-drug protocol in executions on October 15 … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A French appeals court in Paris approved the extradition of Claude Muhayimana and Innocent Musabyimana on Wednesday, two suspects wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide [UN backgrounder]. Muhayimana, a French citizen since 2010, is accused [Expatica report] of participating in the massacre of ethnic Tutsis in the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Alleged Rwandan genocide perpetrator Emmanuel Mbarushimana on Wednesday challenged a decision by Denmark's Supreme Court to extradite him to Rwanda. Filing an application before the European Court of Human Rights [official website], Mbarushimana claims that he will be unable to receive a fair trial [AFP report] if brought before … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Three Texas death row inmates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that the state plans to use new types of drugs in their execution. The complaint claims that Texas has obtained [Reuters report] propofol, midzolam and hydromorphone from manufacturers by pretending to be a hospital. Thus, the drugs would … [read more]

19 Jul 2013

While DOMA has effectively blocked the implementation of same-sex marriage at the federal level, there have been several states that have taken independent legislative and judicial action regarding same-sex marriage. The laws passed at the state level have typically adopted one of two stances towards same-sex marriage: either imposing additional … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Nacka District Court [official website, in Swedish] on Thursday convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [website; JURIST news archive], of hacking and fraud and sentenced him to two years in prison. Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking into a company … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Uruguay's House of Representatives [official website, in Spanish] gave final approval on Thursday of the Marriage Equality Law, which allows same-sex couples to marry. Uruguay's Senate approved the bill [JURIST report] last week. The bill passed the lower house of congress with 71 of 92 lawmakers voting in favor … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder], bringing the bill one vote closer to becoming law. The bill was approved [AP report] by a vote of 77-44, in the second of three votes needed to become law. The second vote is … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly [official website, in French], approved a bill [text, in French] on Tuesday which extends marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was approved [CNN report] by a vote of 329 in favor to 229 against, with 10 abstaining, and … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the Spanish government at every level to increase its focus on addressing the racial intolerance within its borders. Ruteere noted that a successful campaign against racial discrimination and intolerance would only be achieved by "clear and more … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Lawmakers for the Sejm of the Republic of Poland [official website] on Friday dismissed three pieces of proposed legislation that would have given restricted legal rights to unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples by way of civil union. The legislation collectively sought to grant unmarried couples a means of official … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Judge Harry Leinenweber of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Thursday issued a 35-year prison sentence [DOJ press release] to David Coleman Headley for his role in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Headley, a US … [read more]

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