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Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Thursday for the release of three anti-slavery activists [press release] who were jailed in Mauritania. One of the jailed activists is prominent opposition politician Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who was the runner-up in June's presidential elections. The former presidential candidate is also … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Libyan Justice Minister Salah Maraghni announced Saturday that the war crimes trials of Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], and brother-in-law and former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], will occur within the next month. Maraghni stated [RIA Novosti report] that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, former Prime … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The trial of former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [JURIST news archive] began on Monday, but the hearing was postponed until December 10 to give counsel from both sides additional time to prepare for the case. Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2012
by Fangxing Li

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Libyan government to hand over former military intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [JURIST news archive] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to face charges of crimes against humanity. Fearing there is little chance al-Senussi, a high-ranking member … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Libyan government lawyers on Tuesday urged [press release] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] judges to allow Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives] to be tried in Libya, promising a fair trial for the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Libyan officials spoke during a … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The trial for Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives], one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, will be postponed for five months so the prosecution can obtain evidence from Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], government officials announced on Sunday. Al-Senussi was extradited to Libya [JURIST report] from Mauritania last … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Mauritanian authorities extradited former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya on Wednesday according to Mauritania state news agencies. Al-Senussi was arrested [JURIST report] in Mauritania in March, and Libya is now seeking to try al-Senussi [BBC report] for crimes he purportedly committed while serving under former Libyan … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A senior adviser to al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] was released over the weekend from a detention facility in Mauritania, his brother Sidi Ould Walid reported on Monday. Abu Hafs al-Mauritani [Global Security profile], whose full given name is Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, had been in custody under Iranian authority … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Scheffer of the Northwestern University School of Law says that although the US is not an official member of the International Criminal Court, it can nonetheless promote international justice through strengthening its unofficial ties to the organization...The US has become a de facto member of the … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Libya on Thursday nullified a controversial law [Law 37, PDF, in Arabic] that criminalizes and punishes speech and propaganda endangering the security of the state or glorifying former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. In a brief hearing, the court's constitutional chamber announced … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Libya on Sunday agreed to rule on a controversial law [Law 37, PDF, in Arabic] that criminalizes and punishes speech and propaganda endangering the security of the state or glorifying former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The law prohibits speech and other … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi will face charges of illegally entering the country of Mauritania [Reuters report], an anonymous source told Reuters on Monday. Al-Senussi, who served under Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested [JURIST report] in Mauritania in March. A trial in the country will delay other international … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over political and security instability in Mali, and how ongoing fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels will affect Malians forced to flee their homes in search of safety. UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Mauritania announced on Saturday that they have arrested former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi, who served under Muammar Gaddafi [JURIST news archive]. Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website, in Arabic], the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] and France have all requested custody of al-Senussi. The ICC … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Ellis, a historian at the African Studies Centre, says that the recent influx of refugees from Libya has exacerbated the problem of organized crime in West Africa and has caused emerging complications that are generating increased attention from the international community...The call for greater efforts to … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UN released its annual report [text, PDF] Monday on trends in female genital mutilation (FGM) [WHO backgrounder; JURIST news archive], revealing that approximately 2,000 African communities have renounced the practice since last year [JURIST report]. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official websites] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Aug 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist James Nyawo, a Ph.D. candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, says that the African Union must emulate the EU and begin to confront human rights abuses, not only to prevent the organization from losing relevancy, but also to ensure that those who have committed … [read more]

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