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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Hungarian court on Thursday acquitted [press release, in Hungarian] 15 employees of the Mal Corp for their role in the toxic red sludge spill that killed 10 people in 2010 after a reservoir burst. The spill, which was one of the worst environmental disasters of the nation, with … [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]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Thursday initiated an infringement action [press release] against Hungary's new asylum law and the country's response to the refugee situation. Hungary recently erected a fence along its border to keep migrants from crossing into the country. The government has also rejected and fought … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Hungarian government on Thursday filed a challenge [press release, in Hungarian] in the European Court of Justice to the EU's quota plan that will distribute refugees throughout the member states. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that migrants pose a threat to the nation after the attacks in … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday that his country plans to file a lawsuit by December 18 challenging the EU's plan to distribute 120,000 refugees to each of its member states. Along with Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania also opposed the new measure, but the four were … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

A regional court [judicial website] in Hungary decided [AP report] on Thursday to deport two British citizens back to the UK pursuant to an arrest warrant for the men's unauthorized departure. Simon Keeler and Trevor Brooks, also known as Abu Izzadeen, were both convicted of charges relating to terrorist funding … [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]


Academic Commentary
12 Nov 2015
by Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tendayi Achiume of UCLA School of Law discusses how the media's disproportionate focus on the European dimensions of the plight of Syrian refugees...For four years, much of the world has ignored the Syrian refugee crisis. In light of this, recent media attention on the plight of Syrians … [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 William Helbling

[JURIST] Austria's cabinet on Tuesday introduced a new bill to deter Afghan migrants from seeking asylum in the country. Under current Austrian laws, Afghan migrants may bring their family into Austria after waiting one year. The new bill will extend that one-year period [Reuters report] to three years in attempt … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on [HRW report] the European Union (EU) and Western Balkans states [official websites] to focus on remedying what it characterizes as deplorable conditions for asylum-seekers in Europe. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Europe … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official bio] on Thursday urged [press release] the Czech Republic to stop detaining migrants and refugees in "degrading" conditions. According to Zeid, the numerous migrants and refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since August 2015 have been subjected … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice ruled [opinion] Tuesday that the UK's practice of administering a residence test to migrants for benefit payments is legal. The court, as it normally does, followed the opinion written by the advocate general at the European Court of Justice [official website]. The action was … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Oct 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... This commentary explores actions lawyers can take to hold signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention accountable for protecting refugee and asylum seekers within or at their borders. The 1951 Refugee Convention … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Thursday that EU nations can imprison migrants who attempt to reenter after having already been formally expelled from the nation. The case involved an Albanian migrant who returned to Italy after being expelled three years prior. The … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The EU has not done enough to address media abuses in Hungary, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] said in a report [materials] Tuesday. The international free press advocacy group stated in its report "Balancing Act" that, despite the EU's efforts to be a global leader in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced [press release] a new plea to raise $14 million in an effort to support the many children migrating to Europe from war-torn Middle Eastern nations. Over the last half-year, one quarter of European migrants have been children, totaling approximately 133,000 … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday announced that the flow of refugees into Europe shows no signs of easing or stopping, as approximately 8,000 refugees a day seek to enter Europe. Amin Awad, the regional refugee coordinator for then UNHCR stated that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Hungary's National Assembly [official website, in Hungarian] on Tuesday approved a law allowing the Hungarian army to use non-lethal weapons on refugees entering the country illegally. The new law allows the army to assist police in checking passports, controlling the flow of migrant traffic and detaining suspects. However, the … [read more]

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