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Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Oct 2015
by Makousse IIboudo of St. John's School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Makousse Ilboudo of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the third author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Makousse discusses the need for regulation to ensure fair and humane treatment of immigrant pregnant … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy website] on Monday filed [ECCHR report] a criminal complaint against a high-ranking CIA official for mistreatment of Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen who was detained and allegedly tortured for four months in 2003. El-Masri was on vacation in Macedonia … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Six Guantanamo detainees were transferred [press release] to Oman Saturday, marking the first transfer of detainees from the prison in five months.The Pentagon reports that the six Yemeni men transferred include Emad Abdullah Hassan, held without charge since 2002, Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A military court in Israel on Thursday ordered Palestinian lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar, be released on bail. Under the terms of her release, she is to pay a 20,000-shekel (USD $5,000) bond with a third-party guarantee. She is to be held three additional days [Haaretz report] pending a possible appeal. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Sunday ordered a female Palestinian legislative council member, Khalida Jarrar, to serve a six-month detention without trial. Jarrar, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) [party website] has been placed under Israeli administrative detention [PFLP press release], … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty [opinion, text] on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department [official website] rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Senate Armed Services committee [official website] narrowly advanced a bill [text, PDF] on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was sentenced [press release] to 25 years in prison Friday by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The Egyptian national pleaded guilty last September to threatening to kill, injure, intimidate, and damage and destroy property by … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] reached a settlement [press release] Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government implemented a discriminatory … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia [press releases], the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of … [read more]


Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by B. Drake Shaw of Georgetown University Law Center
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist B. Shaw Drake, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discusses how the use of torture may be counterproductive to American military efforts...As a Case Management Coordinator at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact of torture. My former clients … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation [text, PDF] that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted [press release] the new bill as the best course of action … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] On Wednesday the US Department of Defense [official website] said five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will be released to the Kazakhstan government as part of an effort by the Obama Administration [official website] to expedite the closing of the facility [JURIST report]. An interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Obama Administration [official website] announced on Wednesday that it plans to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. Over the next six months the administration plans to transfer 64 detainees. President Obama has been in contact [Washington Post report] with the heads of several nations to … [read more]

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