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Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] In his first interview since being released from prison to house arrest in August 2014, leading Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng told the Associated Press [AP report] that he was subject to torture. Zhisheng revealed that while he was held in a Chinese prison from 2010-14 he was tortured … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on [press release] the Philippines government to investigate the deaths of three human rights defenders in the province of Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. One activist, the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV) [advocacy website], was found … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] South Korea and China on Monday signed a bilateral free trade agreement that will eliminate most tariffs between the two countries over the next two decades. After approximately three years of negotiations, Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick [official profiles] signed the agreement … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 May 2015
by Peter Jan Honigsberg of University of San Francisco School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday sentenced [press release] 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A United Nations internal inquiry [report] on Thursday concluded that members of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) used "unauthorized and excessive force" resulting in the deaths of three civilian protesters and the injuries of four other individuals in January. Launched [press release] in February, the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Andrew Morgan of JURIST

JURIST has retracted "Back-Alley Banking in China: the Next Financial Crisis" by Dr. Bashar Malkawi. The piece was originally published in our Academic Commentary section on 9 November 2013. On 7 January 2015, we were advised that the piece was copied from another author's work. We investigated this claim and … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Arkansas Supreme Court [official website] struck down [opinion, PDF] the state's voter identification law [Act 595, PDF] on Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. Act 592 required "proof of identity in the form of a voter-identification card or a document or identification card showing the voter's name and photo issued … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study [text, PDF] released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website]. By June … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Unaccompanied immigrant children are facing abuse and mistreatment at the hands of US customs officials, according to a complaint [text, PDF] filed Wednesday by a group of human rights organizations. The National Immigrant Justice Center, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 13 Bahrain citizens to life in prison and one man to 10 years in prison. The defendants, who range in age from 16 to 34, were convicted [Reuters report] of attempting to kill two police officers and participating in an illegal protest outside … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Andrew Perlman of

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Perlman of the Suffolk University Law School argues that government surveillance programs have adversely affected lawyers' efforts to safeguard confidential information and that lawyers should consider various options to address these new risks ... Protecting client confidences used to be so much easier. Lawyers could place … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Popper of Judicial Watch defends the recent changes to Kansas' voter registration process...Kansas' decision to implement a two-tiered system for voter registration is a rational—and perfectly legal—response to a lawless situation that it did not create. Its decision must be understood within the larger context of … [read more]

30 Dec 2013

The American Airlines and US Airways merger to form the new American Airlines was first announced on February 14, 2013. Talks of this merger, which would form the largest airline in the United States, came on the heals of American Airlines pulling itself out of bankruptcy. The original plan called … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday denied an application [text, PDF] to stay the merger of US Airways and American Airlines [corporate websites] without issuing an opinion. The group of consumers filed the application based on similar antitrust claims already brought and settled [JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Government Accountability Office (GAO) [official website] issued [press release] a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday entitled "Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Sexual Abuse." The GAO report was initiated in part by government documents that found there were hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse and assault … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday announced a settlement [press release; remarks] of the antitrust lawsuit opposing the merger of American Airlines and US Airways [corporate websites]. The DOJ filed a proposed final judgment [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyson Schwartz, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Class of 2015, examines Tummino v. Hamburg and concludes that the district court correctly decided the case...Although it has been years since I was an teenager, I have been unable to forget the frantic desperation of racing against the … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] Antitrust officials for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] seeking to block the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corporation [corporate websites]. The … [read more]

12 Aug 2013

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report [PDF] in July 2012 that explored the rising international use of drones. A previous report [PDF] issued by the GAO in 2004 specified that that 41 countries owned drones, with 32 attempting to develop new drone technology. By 2012, the GAO … [read more]

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