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Legal News
1 day ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday called on [statement] North Korea's government to stop violating international obligations after a missile launch conducted by the country. The launch, which the statement calls "deplorable," violates "relevant Security Council resolutions" according to Ban. He further reiterated his call on the … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [press release] for the South Korean government to pass legislation that would promote human rights in North Korea. A divisive bill proposed in 2005 provides for the creation of a North Korean Human Rights Foundation (NKHRF) and a system to document … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas [official profile] on Tuesday urged governments in the Pacific Rim not to sign [press release] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without first "reaffirming ... human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Urging a "new generation of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] called [press release] Friday for leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] to be held criminally responsible for the human rights conditions in the nation. While on a five-day mission in Japan, following a recent nuclear test [BBC report] by North … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] legislation that would increase sanctions against North Korea for its continuation of nuclear testing. The Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] amended the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act [HR 757, PDF] to include ways to prevent North Kore from … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

South Korea and Japan agreed [press release] on Monday to a final resolution on the issue of "comfort women" [BBC backgrounder] who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida admitted responsibility on behalf of the Japanese government and pledged one billion … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Bangladesh and Russia signed a $12.65 billion nuclear power deal on Friday. The state-run Atomic Energy Commission [official site] collaborated with the Russian Government [official website] and Rosatom [official site] to cement the deal. Kamrul Islam Bhyian, spokesman for the Ministry of Science and Technology, [official site] stated [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was removed as a member of the country's National Assembly [official website] on Monday, paving the way for his arrest in connection with a defamation case following his return from South Korea. The National Assembly's standing committee approved [press release, in Cambodian] Rainsy's arrest … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Nov 2015
by Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law, discusses the recent Volkswagen scandal where the car maker installed software to alternate the measurement of emission of nitrogen oxide... Is this the end of Volkswagen? Since Friday, September 18, 2015 Volkswagen has been under fire for cheating … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Japan and the EU have circulated a draft UN resolution condemning North Korea's human rights abuses and encouraging the UN Security Council to refer the country to the International Criminal Court [official website], the Associated Press reported [AP report] Friday. The resolution notes reports of torture, limits on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] expressed deep concerns [press conference] Wednesday regarding human rights violations in the country. His investigation revealed that workers from North Korea are being systematically deployed outside of the country in what amounted to forced … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A dozen Pacific Rim nations, including the US, on Monday announced that they have agreed to a historic regional trade pact that links 40 percent of the global economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest such accord in history, will provide uty-free trade [Bloomberg report] on most goods while … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The House of Councillors [official website], Japan's upper house of parliament, on Saturday approved a measure that allows Japan's Self Defense Forces to deploy troops abroad for the first time since World War II. The legislation passed the lower house [Al Jazeera report] of Japan in July. The law … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of South Korea [official website] on Tuesday upheld a law that forbids an unfaithful spouse from filing for divorce. The 7-6 ruling [Express Tribune report] was the result of a challenge to the law by a man seeking to divorce a wife he left 15 years … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] South Korean Yonhap News Agency [media website] on Wednesday reported [Yonhap report] that Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] executed North Korea's Vice Premier by firing squad earlier this year. The South Korea news agency cited an unnamed source which claims that 63-year-old Choe Yong gon was executed for expressing his … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Over 60 South Koreans were indicted [press release] Wednesday in an investigation into corruption involving defense procurement projects. Of the indicted individuals, two are former navy chiefs of staff, 10 are current or former military generals, one is a former vice minister, and many more are businessmen and brokers. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Officials from South Korea's National Intelligence Service [official website] said on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] has unleashed a "reign of terror" in North Korea by executing more than 90 officials since taking power in 2011. This number of executions [Korea Herald report] has far surpassed … [read more]

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