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Legal News
2 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judge Dolly Gee of the District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the current Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] method of detaining children with their mothers violates a 1997 court settlement. The settlement bars children from being detained in unlicensed … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Saturday urged [press release] those involved on all sides of the South Sudan conflict to end their fighting and make peace in the interest of protecting innocent civilians. Stephen O'Brien's statements came at the end of a four day trip to … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Sarah Boehme

The Migration Policy Institute [official website] released a report [text] on Thursday finding that the Obama administration's new policies that will protect up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States from facing deportation. The report stated that the total number of deportations is estimated to drop by … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Syria's main Kurdish militia of violating the child soldier ban. The militia has been the main force for combating the Islamic State group within the country, and has made progress in capturing land in northern Syria. The United … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Tuesday brought a lawsuit [press release] asking a federal appeals court to review a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data surveillance program. The motion filed by the ACLU state stated that "today the government is continuing - after … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Monday began hearing a challenge complaint, PDF; Advancement Project materials] to a North Carolina law [HB 589 materials] limiting early voting and same-day voter registration. The lawsuit was brought by the US Department of Justice and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Warring parties in Libya [JURIST news archive] have signed a preliminary UN-sponsored agreement [text] on Saturday, agreeing to form a unity government and cease fighting. However, one of the main parties, based in Tripoli, refused to sign the deal. Under the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 75-year-long policy prohibiting individuals, corporations or firms working under federal contracts from contributing to the campaigns of federal candidates, parties and committees. Plaintiffs in the case, three individuals who have … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A group of leading computer scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT [academic website] on Monday published a paper [text, PDF; press release] criticizing the US and UK governments for seeking the redesign of internet systems to allow governments to access information even if encrypted. The … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the National Security Agency(NSA) [official website] may temporarily resume its program of systematically collecting Americans' phone data in bulk. The program lapsed on June 1 after the expiration of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF], but the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met Tuesday and announced an agreement [text] to address climate change. Both countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of wind and solar power sources to 20 percent of each nation's electricity production by 2030. Brazil also pledged … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli announced Monday that authorities had arrested a group of individuals suspected to have supported a Friday attack that killed 39 at a beach resort. The Islamic State [JURIST backgrounder] has claimed responsibility for the attack and the shooter, Seifeddine Rezgui, was killed by the police. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UNESCO World Heritage Committee [official website] said Monday that extremist groups' destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones could amount to war crimes. The committee noted particularly the Islamic State's (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq, and was deeply concerned … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges [SCOTUSblog materials] that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and also must recognize same-sex marriages that take place in other states. The ruling strikes down same-sex marriage bans in 15 US states. … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A Kansas judge for the Shawnee County District Court [official website] blocked a law on Thursday that would have effectively banned most second-trimester abortions performed in the state. Judge Larry Hendricks stated [AP report] that the first-in-the-nation law would have created too large of an obstacle for women in the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in King v. Burwell [SCOTUSblog materials] that tax credits available to those who buy health insurance through state exchanges are also available to those who buy it through the federal exchange. At issue was language [26 USC § … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The French Parliament [official website] on Wednesday adopted a surveillance bill [materials, in French] that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor Internet use metadata. It is reported [AP report] that the bill also allows for court ordered surveillance of suspects homes and cars utilizing beacons and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten litigation against families of US hostages who attempt to pay ransoms for the release of their loved ones. Obama plans [NYT report] to make this change a part of a larger overhaul … [read more]

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