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Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] has granted provision release to Moinina Fofana, a former militia leader convicted of war crimes. Fofana was convicted [JURIST report] in 2007 of murder, cruel treatment, pillage and collective punishment for his role in Sierra Leone's civil war and sentenced … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2014
by Roland Adjovi of Arcadia University

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Liberia's Justice Minister Christiana Tah on Monday resigned [press release] from her position, claiming the country's president had blocked an investigation. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [official website] accepted the resignation after meeting with Tah at the Foreign Ministry office. Tah stepped down claiming that Sirleaf intentionally blocked [Reuters … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Mar 2014
by Balkees Jarrah of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Balkees Jarrah of Human Rights Watch makes the case for why the US should publicly support a referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court...Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry reported that President Barack Obama had asked his top aides for new policy … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Liberian Supreme Court on Friday barred Justice Minister Christiana Tah [official profile] from practicing law for six months, according to Liberia's state radio, after being found guilty of contempt. The ruling cited Tah's decision [AP report] to grant "compassionate release" to journalist Rodney Sieh, who was jailed last … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Monday officially handed over its premises to the Sierra Leone government in its final act of its 11-year existence. The court was created in 2002 by the UN and Sierra Leone's government for the purpose of trying eight former … [read more]

Legal News
15 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was transferred [press release] on Tuesday from The Hague to a British prison, where he will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes. Taylor has been convicted of aiding rebels who committed atrocities, including terrorism, rape and murder, during … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes [JURIST report] in the UK, according to a written statement to Parliament [text, PDF] from the UK Ministry of Justice [official website] on Thursday. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Jeremy … [read more]

Student Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jess Kyle, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the International Criminal Court's African involvement in light of Kenya's withdrawal... Ideally, the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward justice would reinforce the domestic politics of conflict and post-conflict states … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Thursday rejected an appeal [judgment] by former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of his convictions for war crimes [JURIST report] committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. According to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The Brazil Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled 6-5 that 12 former political and business leaders found guilty in the nation's biggest corruption trial have the right to a new trial. The defendants were convicted [JURIST report] after it was discovered that, as top aides to former president … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Philippine Justice Department [official website] on Monday filed graft charges against nearly 40 current and former government officials and a prominent businesswoman for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars in governments funds intended for the poor. Chief prosecutors assert that, between 2007 and 2009, three current senators and dozens … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Widespread police corruption in Liberia is denying Liberians equal and impartial justice and impeding the country's postwar development, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Thursday. HRW based its report on conversations with more than 120 victims of police corruption and examination of multiple criminal activities committed … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Richard Dicker and Elizabeth Evenson of the Human Rights Watch argue that the efficacy of the International Criminal Court depends upon international efforts to apprehend criminals...The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been in business for a decade and faces plenty of hurdles in delivering justice for the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday began his appeal in The Hague against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. Taylor's 42-point appeal [AFP report] states that the the UN-backed Special … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast's military committed widespread human rights abuses in August and September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Monday. The report details the alleged abuses including arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, extortion and torture. The military crackdown was in response to a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Oct 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles C. Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law examines allegations made by Alternate Judge El Hadji Malick Sow at the end of Charles Taylor's trial and argues for the establishment of an independent, fact-finding commission to promote transparency and public confidence in the Special Court … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Katherine Todrys of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch recounts her experiences researching disease transmission and living standards in African prisons. She calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms to address the systemic problems of overcrowding, human rights abuses and wrongful imprisonment...In 2008, recently … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Singapore [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that a man charged with gross indecency under a provision of the penal code criminalizing sexual acts between men can proceed with a constitutional challenge against the law in court. Known as Section 377A [AFP report], the … [read more]

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