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Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an employer may monitor an employee's private communications when the communications are transmitted with the employer's Internet and hardware. The applicant, Bogdan Barbulescu, was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday banned a popular bull fighting event at this year's harvest festival in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The decision comes in response to protesters who claim that the sport of Jallikattu, in which men chase bulls to grab prizes … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [text] Tuesday in favor of a man convicted of jaywalking during a 2012 protest in Moscow. Yevgeniy Frumkin was attending a demonstration in Bolotnaya Square to challenge the reelection of Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] to his third term as president. … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The head of the UK's Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) [official website], charged with looking into alleged abuses committed during the war in Iraq, said Saturday that UK soldiers may face prosecution for war crimes. Mark Warwick, a former police detective and the head of IHAT, stated [BBC report] that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the High Court in Belfast [official website] on Wednesday declared [judgment] that Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which only allow abortion when the mother faces the risk of death or serious injury, are not compatible with human rights laws. Judge Mark Horner's decision [NYT report], which echoes … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] unanimously on Tuesday that a Turkish court order blocking access to YouTube [media website] violated [press release, PDF] Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The Ankara Criminal Court of First Instance imposed … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court in Belfast [official website] on Monday ruled [judgment] that Northern Ireland's abortion laws, which only allow abortion when the mother faces the risk of death or serious injury, is a violation of human rights. The court said that by failing to provide exceptions for women who … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

Refugees who were released from a detention center in Ankara, Turkey still face deportation [AI report], despite the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] approving an application to indefinitely prevent their deportation back to Syria, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Friday. The three refugees were detained in … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Russian Court on Monday banned the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology. The court banned the church [RT report] stating that it does not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion because 'Scientology' is a US trademark. This is the latest in a series of battles … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday rejected [judgment, PDF] a challenge to an immigration rule requiring foreign spouses of UK citizens to speak English before relocating to the UK. The provision [Home Office backgrounder], announced in June 2010, requires an immigrant to be able to speak English … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker, former Professor at the American University of Paris, discusses the European Union's Immigration and Asylum Policy ... "The challenge to the European project today is existential. The refugee crisis has brought that to light. What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday rejected claims [press release, PDF] from French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala that his rights to speak freely were denied when he was convicted of and fined for hate crimes due to a 2008 performance that ended with comments and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez of Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] charged five suspected leaders of the Basque separatist movement Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder] Tuesday with crimes against humanity for their participation in the 2004 attacks that left 12 people dead. Specifically, the group is alleged to have … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

[JURIST] Lawyers for the families of three Bosnian Muslims killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [Britannica backgrounder] on Friday filed a complaint [complaint summary, PDF] with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] seeking to bring charges against three Dutch former-UN commanders. The complaint, filed by lawyers Liesbeth … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Kurdish lawyer in Turkey will face trial at a later date for comments he made about the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), when he said the group was not a terrorist organization but a political movement. Tahir Elci was detained [Reuters report] on Tuesday and released later that day, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights dismissed the claims [judgments] of three students claiming their nearly two weeks of detention without charges violated their human rights. The three students were in the UK on student visas when they were detained and have since returned to their homes in Pakistan. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Thursday that Switzerland was wrong to prosecute former Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek for denying that the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was genocide. The court, by … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a convicted murderer could be banned from voting because the ban is proportionate to the offense. Thierry Delvigne challenged the ban before the ECJ as a violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights [text]. According to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a same-sex spouse is not entitled to his husband's full pension benefits in the event of death. John Walker worked for Innospec but retired in 2003, two years before same-sex civil partnerships were recognized in the UK. In … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with three anonymous individuals, filed a complaint [text, PDF] Monday alleging that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is violating their rights by sharing communications with the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official websites]. The complaint alleges that GCHQ has been intercepting and … [read more]

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