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Professional Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Ben Weinberger of Phoenix
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Weinberger of Phoenix discusses the international protection of data in the cloud... In a recent proceeding before the US Court, Microsoft was ordered to turn-over email belonging to a user of its hosted mail service. That email belonged to a user outside the US. The email itself … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down [order, PDF] from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 May 2014
by Michael DeBoer of Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael J. DeBoer of the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law discusses the recently passed Women's Health and Safety Act and the challenges facing this legislation... On April 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law the Women's Health and Safety Act [PDF]. Two … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday established by Executive Order [text] a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force, with members including state, local and tribal officials and executive agencies, is to advise the federal government [White House fact sheet] on how to respond to … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Tuesday appealed a federal judge's injunction [JURIST report] blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles of their clinics [WP report] and administer a mandatory ultrasound before a woman receives an abortion. DOJ … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment] the EU's three-year ban on seal products. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 [text, PDF], which recognizes seals as "sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and other forms of suffering," and bans all imports containing seal products, took … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University School of Law says that there is hope for compromise between Western legal systems and Islamic law regarding the adoption of children from Islamic countries..."There hasn't been a concerted push to open doors for Muslim orphans because the expectation would be … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed disappointment [official statement] Monday with Nepal [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for its failure to meet the Sunday deadline to write a new constitution. With the country's failure to draft a new constitution, Ban is concerned that the country may face another period of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 May 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles C. Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law examines the role of Alternate Judge El Hadji Malick Sow in Charles Taylor's trial and recent conviction and discusses the implications of Sow's decision to publicly disagree with the unanimous verdict issued by the Special Court for … [read more]

Student Commentary
22 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Luis Vasconcelos is a LL.M. Candidate at the Católica Global School of Law, a Lisbon-based faculty of the Catholic University of Portugal. In this first entry of a four-part series on the realities and priorities of Portuguese sovereign debt management, Vasconcelos explains the legal constraints and enabling … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of Harvard Law School says that the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces must divorce its economic power from its political power if it wants to avoid further protests and protect its economic interests...It is probably too late. Too many people have already died … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Sep 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris says that the recent debt crisis in the EU has made it necessary to examine whether it is legally possible for a eurozone nation to leave the EU and abandon the joint currency..."Money speaks sense in a language all … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Sep 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that despite the plethora of legal and cultural changes that have occurred in the US since September 11, 2001, international law remains the same as it was a decade ago, and that the changes which have … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The dispute settlement body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] on Friday granted Canada's request to hear its dispute of the EU's [official website] ban on the import of seal products. Canada requested [filing; DOC] establishment of a panel to hear the dispute in February. In its … [read more]

Legal News
2 Feb 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's parliament [official website, in Kazakh] on Wednesday approved amendments to the constitution which allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] to hold presidential elections in 2012 instead of extending his presidency until 2020. The bill was signed into law by Nazarbayev after unanimous approval by … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official website, in Kazakh] on Monday rejected a proposed referendum that would have extended the presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] until 2020. According to the council, the proposal, which entailed cancellation of elections [BBC report] scheduled for 2012 and 2017, was … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] Friday voted unanimously to amend the constitution to authorize a referendum that would extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. The vote overruled Nazarbayev's decision last week to veto the proposed … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday agreed to hold a referendum proposing to extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. Nazarbayev's current term is set to expire in 2012 [AP report]. If he continues to … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] has reinstated a ban on the import of seal products, according to a ruling [judgment text, in French] released Thursday rejecting challenges by Canada's Inuit hunters and fur traders. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 [text, PDF], which recognizes seals as "sentient beings that … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] has issued a temporary injunction exempting Inuit hunters from Canada and Greenland from an EU ban on seal hunting that went into effect on Friday. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 [text, PDF] recognizes seals as "sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and … [read more]

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