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Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi [case materials], a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Qatari man arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks and labeled an "enemy combatant" was released and returned to his home nation on Saturday. Ali bin Kahlah al-Marri was held by US authorities for six years and later pleaded guilty [Al Jazeera report] to one count of conspiracy to … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia [press releases], the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] EU Advocate General Cruz Villalon on Wednesday gave legal support [press release, PDF] to the European Central Bank (ECB) plan to purchase government bonds as an attempt to remedy the financial crisis in the Eurozone. The Outright Monetary Transactions program sets economic standards for selecting which states qualify for … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan [official website] issued a press release [text] Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow [Reuters report] for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu [official website], passed legislation [press release, in Estonian] Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed [AP report] by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release] to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Germany's Constitutional Court [official website, in German] on Friday referred [text] the case against the European Central Bank's (ECB) [official website] bond-buying plan, called Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website]. The ruling means the German court will not cut the program, which … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] European Union (EU) [official website] foreign ministers agreed on Monday to increase military presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], and EU member states and other international donors also raised half a billion dollars [press release] in order to provide humanitarian assistance in the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved legislation [press release, text] Thursday that creates a system of banking supervision overseen by a new centralized bank supervision authority supported by the European Central Bank (ECB) [official website]. The regulation puts in place a single supervisory mechanism that will cover [WP report] … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] struck down [decision, in Portuguese] an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied [WSJ report] to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] ruled [judgment, in Portuguese] that four out of nine contested austerity measures of the 2013 state budget were unconstitutional. The court's decision came in response to the request of Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website] for the court to determine whether … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Monday elected 18 countries [press release], including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Estonia [official website; press release] ruled Thursday that the treaty to establish the euro area's permanent rescue fund does not offend the Estonian constitution. The court, sitting en banc, held that a restriction on the financial authority on the Riigikogu [official website], Estonia's parliament, imposed … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai [official profile] on Thursday called on the international community to protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association [press release]. In a report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council [official website], he provided several recommendations for improving the situation of … [read more]

Student Commentary
16 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dora Rotar, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the seventh entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Rotar examines the political and legal challenges Croatia will face as … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ann Eisenberg, Cornell University Law School Class of 2012, is an Articles and Symposium Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. She questions whether EU membership is the best decision for Croatia given the current debt crisis...By the time Croatia joins the EU on July 1, 2013, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea [Huffington Post report], reports [BBC report] on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in … [read more]

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