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Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Ugandan Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi last month. Ugandan citizen Jamal Kiyemba was apprehended [VICE news report] along with three others in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala by a joint operation of … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted and sentenced eight men to three years in prison following their participation in an alleged same-sex wedding party. The men denied the charges. The men were referred to trial [JURIST report] for "inciting debauchery" after appearing in a video [video] of what is … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Eight men in Egypt were referred to trial Monday for inciting debauchery after appearing in a video [video] of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men were arrested [JURIST report] for the video earlier this month after it went viral on the Internet. Although … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of seven men who appeared in a video [video] of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men have been accused of inciting debauchery and spreading a video that violates public morals. In a statement the prosecutor's … [read more]

Legal News
1 Aug 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Uganda's Constitutional Court in Kampala [official website] on Friday ruled to overturn their internationally scrutinized Anti-Homosexuality Act [text, PDF]. It is reported [The New York Times report] that the court's panel of five judges decided to strike down the anti-gay law because they believed it didn't properly pass through … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2014
by Sascha Bachmann of Bournemouth University
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage in an overt and open … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on Thursday praised [statement; UN News Centre report] a convention passed by the African Union (AU) [official website, English] to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs). The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention) [text, PDF] was … [read more]

Student Commentary
13 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jesse Oppenheim, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, offers legal context to Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent opinion in The Observer...On August 28, word leaked out that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had pulled out of an international summit in South Africa because he refused to share a platform with … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Ugandan Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo said [press release] last week that no "government official is bent to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others." The statement came only a day … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The government of Uganda [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] announced on Wednesday that it will ban at least 38 non-governmental organizations that are accused of promoting gay rights and recruiting children to homosexuality. Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo alleged that those organizations are receiving international … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, says that the ICC should adhere to a policy of complementarity to bolster its legitimacy and foster a culture of justice among its member states...The principle of complementarity, in many ways, is the centerpiece of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, says the ICC should constantly adhere to a policy of prudent advocacy, since interfering in "low-level" situations would cause a multitude of legal, political and financial problems...Recently a group of Maldives lawyers submitted a case … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Ugandan Supreme Court Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki on Friday said the Judiciary [official website] lacks independence as a result of interference by African governments. At the Southern African Chief Justices Forum in Kampala, Odoki pointed to surveys [Daily Monitor report] by the World Bank and the World Economic Forum … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The Ugandan government is responsible for an increase in torture, illegal detention and extrajudicial killing of its citizens, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. An agency known as the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), which serves as Uganda's violent crime police task … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Current and former international prosecutors on Tuesday signed the fourth Chautauqua Declaration [text, PDF] praising recent advances in international law and urging countries to continue supporting the international courts in order to maintain the spirit of the Nuremburg Principles [text]. The prosecutors, who have worked with the International Criminal … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that unless the AU and the ICC establish a proper dialogue, the logic of mutual gain for the ICC and Africa is at a risk of being undermined if not entirely lost.... On July 27, 2010, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Jun 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Chandra Lekha Sriram of the University of East London says that a stocktaking of the impact of the ICC thus far should have been given priority during the ICC review conference given that this is likely to shape perceptions of the court for years to come.... The … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday adopted an amendment [press release] to the Rome Statute [text, PDF] including a definition for the crime of aggression and creating jurisdictional conditions for prosecution. The amendment was adopted after ICC nations reached a compromise on the definition and implementation … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Nations attending the final day of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute [materials] on Friday in Kampala, Uganda, have been unable to reach a consensus on the adoption of the crime of aggression by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The crime of aggression is listed under … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] announced Monday that the government has changed its position concerning a previous decision not to invite Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to an African Union (AU) [official website] summit to be held in Kampala in July. On … [read more]

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