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Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and extensive media coverage have … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Thursday criticized Gambia [press release] for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh [BBC profile] signed into law a bill [JURIST report] which imposes a sentence of life … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Namibia Supreme Court ruled [judgment] Monday that three HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized in public hospitals. This decision affirms [JURIST report] the July 2012 intermediate court ruling [judgment], which stated that the sterilizations were illegal because circumstances rendered the consent coerced and uninformed. All three sterilizations occurred while … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Oct 2014
by Stefan Kirchner of University of Lapland

JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland in Finland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for those infected or suspected of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Gambia's National Assembly [official website] passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The bill will become … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 May 2014
by Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England School of Law argues that the UN must change its recent course and uphold its international duties to provide a forum for legal redress to the victims of the Cholera outbreak in Haiti ... Last month, the venerable New York City … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepulveda [official profile] urged [press release] Guinea-Bissau authorities on Friday to address the needs of those living in the country in extreme poverty. Sepulveda called on Guinea-Bissau to "move the country's politics away from short-term power struggles," and address "the consistent decline of investment in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] UNAIDS [official website], the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned [press release] Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law [JURIST report]. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, including … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Sujitha Subramanian of the Bristol University School of Law discusses the Indian Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutional validity of a statute effectively criminalizing homosexual acts ...On December 11, 2013, ironically a day after the Human Rights Day, the Indian Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday urged [decision, PDF] Nigerian authorities to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide [warrant PDF] allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict[BBC backgrounder]. Al-Bashir is currently … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 Thursday in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the government cannot withhold funding from HIV/AIDS organizations that do not actively denounce prostitution. Under the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International [transcript, PDF] the court considered the only First Amendment [text] case this term, on whether the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] called Tuesday for a debate on abuses and mistreatment in health care settings [press release] that potentially equate to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. The call for debate was based upon a report [text, PDF] released … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in six new cases [order list, PDF] on Friday. In Salinas v. Texas [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment [text] right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A court in Namibia has ruled that the government sterilized three HIV-positive women without obtaining appropriate consent, a legal aid group said Monday. The Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) [advocacy website] reported [press release] that the court ruled the sterilization of the women improper after finding that they were … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Laws in all countries of the world are limiting assistance and options available to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, a UN commission reported [text, PDF; UN News Centre report] on Monday. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law [official website] found that a variety of laws and practices worldwide … [read more]


Student Commentary
8 Apr 2012

JURIST Assistant Editor Elizabeth Hand, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, is the chair of the LGBT committee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's National Lawyers Guild. Hand argues that sex workers in the US are currently harmed, not helped, by policies aimed at their … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] The New Hampshire Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 409 text, PDF] to legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive]. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Damian Ugwu, Executive Director of the Social Justice & Advocacy Initiative, says that the recent bill prohibiting same-sex marriage in Nigeria has ominous implications for a broad range of individual rights in the country...On November 29, 2011, the Nigerian Senate unanimously passed a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Jul 2011

Kristy Kade, Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for Pathfinder International, argues that the recent Second Circuit ruling that the US cannot withhold HIV/AIDS funding to organizations based on their stance on prostitution corrects a policy that tied the hands of organizations working to stop the spread of HIV...I … [read more]

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