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Legal News
4 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Chinese courts convicted 14 government officials and company executives on Wednesday due to their involvement in a 2014 factory explosion that killed 146 workers because of inappropriately stored chemicals. The sentences [Xinhua report], for the crime of causing a major labor safety accident or dereliction of duty, range from three … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [case materials] Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School discusses Indiana Governor's refusal to accept Syrian refugees...Federal law and its nexus with international humanitarian principles, agreements and commitments extend sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-torn countries, ethnic strife and other harm that precludes return to their countries of origin. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Fukui District Court in Japan lifted an injunction on Thursday against allowing two nuclear reactors to reopen. Japan ordered closed all of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Disaster in 2011. A group of residents filed an injunction to keep the nuclear reactors closed [JURIST report] in Takahama … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The French Human Rights League and the Collective against Islamophobia [official websites] on Thursday joined over 100 organizations to issue a statement [petition, in French] asking the French government to lift the state of emergency. The petition urges the government to defend individual rights and public freedoms, restore the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Friday that the Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] can be sued in a Dutch court for their involvement in oil leaks in Nigeria. The ruling [text, in Dutch] stems from a suit brought by four Nigerian farmers that claimed Shell and its … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Brazil's highest court, on Wednesday, ordered [Reuters report] the arrest of André Esteves [official profile], the chief executive of the country's largest investment bank, and that of Delcídio do Amaral, a powerful senator of the country's ruling party. Both individuals are accused of obstructing the course of the investigation [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] on Friday that the constitution does not require the Alberta legislature to enact laws in both French and English. French speakers, Gilles Caron and Pierre Boutet, challenged traffic tickets they were issued in 2003 because the laws and citations were only … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] voted Thursday to extend the state of emergency [materials, in French] for another three months. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and allows authorities to restrict movement of individuals and vehicles with the country's borders. During … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Spanish judge has effectively issued an "arrest warrant" for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website], ordering law enforcement to alert him if Netanyahu sets foot in the country, so that he may reopen the investigation into the 2010 Israeli flotilla attack [JURIST op-ed]. Judge Jose de la … [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
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] Tuesday detailing problems with how the EU is approaching the refugee crisis and recommending changes to ensure international law is followed and human rights are appropriately valued. AI is calling [press release] "for managed, safe, legal routes into Europe and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Tuesday jailed a top aide to the country's former security chief Zhou Yongkang on corruption charges. Li Chongxi was one of the top security advisers before being indicted in April. He is part of a number [Reuters report] of cases brought by China's communist party … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Syrian armed groups may be committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [text] Monday, stating that the practice of caging captured soldiers and civilians constitutes hostage-taking and an outrage against their personal dignity. A video that surfaced Sunday shows cages holding multiple people being transported by trucks. … [read more]

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