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Professional Commentary
14 Oct 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC International discusses the issues with assigning a gender to intersex born children... International recognition of sexual and gender diversity has grown from the protection of sexual orientation (Toonen v Australia) to gender identity (Resolution of the Human Rights Council in 2011) to an … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The German parliament on Friday voted to move forward with negotiations for a Greek bailout. Urged by Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] to support the bailout, 439 legislators voted in favor [NYT report] of the negotiations with 119 voting against and 40 abstaining. While some doubted [The Local report] … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants [official website] Francois Crepea on Friday urged [press release] British authorities to reconsider their decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Crepea's statements come as a response to the UK's announcement earlier this week it will … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and the right to health, Juan Mendez and Anand Grover, on Wednesday urged [press release] the Knesset [official website], the Israeli Parliament, to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prisons Act which would allow the forced feeding and medical treatment of inmates currently participating in … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Chambre des Deputes [official website, in French], Luxembourg's national legislative body, approved a bill [press release, in French] on Wednesday extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of 54 in favor, four against. Openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Maltese Parliament [official website] passed new legislation [legislative materials] on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions [press release, in Maltese], and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jan 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] said Friday that it has received "credible reports" of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] recruiting and including children [press release] in the country's conflict. UNICEF reported that both pro-government and rebel forces have … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] said Friday that it has received "credible reports" of armed groups in Mali recruiting children [press release] for military purposes. UNICEF called on all parties to protect children from the reportedly escalating recruitment rates in northern regions of the country, reiterating … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Alice Farmer, a Children's Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch, says that in many cases of asylum, children are presumed to be adults and are detained as such in countries such as Malta...A typical child wants to be seen as an adult. Unfortunately, some children who seek … [read more]

Student Commentary
16 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dora Rotar, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the seventh entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Rotar examines the political and legal challenges Croatia will face as … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ann Eisenberg, Cornell University Law School Class of 2012, is an Articles and Symposium Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. She questions whether EU membership is the best decision for Croatia given the current debt crisis...By the time Croatia joins the EU on July 1, 2013, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Maltese parliament passed new legislation [text, PDF, in Maltese] Monday legalizing divorce in a historic move for the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The Malta House of Representatives [official website] overwhelmingly passed the bill [AP report] with 52 votes in favor, 11 against with five abstentions, in a country … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Malta [BBC backgrounder] voters on Saturday approved a ballot question [text, PDF] asking whether divorce should be allowed in the country. The measure passed with 53 percent of the vote, and saw a 72 percent turnout [Times of Malta reports] among the predominantly Catholic 412,966 residents, the lowest turnout … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea [Huffington Post report], reports [BBC report] on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] An adviser for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Thursday announced that the government would consider lifting the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law and would work to better protect citizens' human rights. Presidential spokesperson Buthaina Shaaban said that the government might repeal the emergency law [AFP … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Wednesday held a Grand Chamber hearing [press release] regarding its decision in Lautsi v. Italy [judgment, in French; JURIST report], where the ECHR found an Italian school's display of the crucifix in classrooms violated Articles 2 and 9 of … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] released a statement [text] Tuesday asserting that Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank violate international law. The statement was delivered by Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Max Gaylard at the opening of the UN International Meeting … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union [official website] Thursday agreed on a draft proposal [press release, PDF] for new rules to combat illegal immigration. Under the proposal, illegal aliens caught within the EU could be deported and banned from returning for five years. Authorities … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Bulgaria [official website] Friday voted 195-15 to approve the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. Ten members of the nationalist Ataka party [party website] and five independent MPs voted against ratification, calling instead … [read more]

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