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Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization [official website] Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) [text] came into force [ILO press release] on Thursday, extending basic labor rights to workers in signatory countries. The convention became binding international law to a number of countries, prompting many to begin implementing legislative reforms aimed … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) [official website] in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos [CIA backgrounder]. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Landriscina, New York Civil Liberties Union Legal Fellow, revisits her article on the displacement of the Chagos Islanders by the US and UK. Here, she examines what she argues is the lackluster response of the US to a petition of the plight of the Chagossians and … [read more]


Student Commentary
26 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Landriscina, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, is a student attorney at the school's UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic. Here she discusses the expulsion of the Chagos Islanders from Diego Garcia, and the need for the US to take responsibility for its … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Tribunale Ordinario di Roma [official website, in Italian] on Monday ordered nine alleged Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] to be tried in Italy's first international piracy trial on charges of attacking the Montecristo, an Italian cargo vessel, off the coast of Somalia last year. Currently being held in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Seychelles President James Michel [official profile] on Monday asked world leaders to address security problems in Somalia with greater urgency on Monday in order to lower the rate of Somali pirate [JURIST news archive] attacks in the southern Indian Ocean. In letters to a number of leaders, including US … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Six accused Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] went on trial in Paris Tuesday on charges of hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with a 2008 attack on a yacht. Then men are accused [CNN report] of capturing the Carre-d'As IV in the Gulf of Aden and holding a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Pirates off the Somalia coast have increased their area of operation and use of violence despite unprecedented efforts to reduce piracy, a UN official said [press release] Monday. Assistant Secretary-General for Political AffairsTaye-Brook Zerihoun [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] that in order to successfully combat … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text] Monday urging member states to make piracy a crime and establish anti-piracy courts [webcast] because of the rise in maritime piracy crime off the coast of Somalia. The request was due in part to the recent conclusion [IMB report] … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Five Somali men went on trial [Reuters report] Tuesday in a Dutch court on charges of maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] related to hijacking a South African yacht and kidnapping its crew. The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service [official website, in Dutch] spokesman, Wim De Bruin, said [statement, video] the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Friday charged three Somali pirates with 26 counts for acts of piracy in the hijacking of a US vessel that resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. If convicted, the men could face death sentences … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A Yemeni man pleaded guilty [press release] Thursday to acts of piracy for a hijacking of a US vessel that resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. Mounir Ali pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] to being involved in … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A South Korean court sentenced a Somali pirate to life in prison, and three others to varying long-term sentences on Friday, for hijacking a South Korean ship. A fifth pirate pleaded guilty and was tried separately. The five men were charged with hijacking, maritime robbery and six other crimes, … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Two Somali men pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to charges of piracy for their role in hijacking a yacht, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The guilty pleas by Jilani Abdiali and Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf join those entered Friday by Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali [JURIST report], Mohamud … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Four alleged Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] captured from a hijacked ship are being put on trial in South Korea, but lawyers for the pirates argue the court does not have jurisdiction to try them. South Korean forces captured five alleged pirates in a raid on a hijacked South … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A Somali man pleaded guilty [FBI press release] to charges of piracy and hostage taking on Friday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] for overtaking a yacht containing four American citizens. The Americans, taken as hostages, were later killed by the pirates, … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Spain's National Court on Tuesday sentenced [text, PDF, in Spanish] two Somali pirates to 439 years in prison each for their involvement in the 2009 hijacking of a Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Somalia. Pirates Cabdiweli Cabdullahi and Raageggesey Hassan Aji were apprehended by Spanish officials when … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Somali man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] to piracy, kidnapping and weapons charges related to a yacht hijacking in February that left four Americans dead. Mohammad Saaili Shibin is believed to have been the chief … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A suspected Somali pirate leader appeared [DOJ press release] for a detention hearing in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Wednesday after his March 8 indictment was unsealed. In his announcement, US Attorney Neil MacBride wrote, "[t]oday marks the first time that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] International maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2011, says a report [press release] released Thursday by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) [official website]. The ICC's piracy reporting center, which has monitored reports of maritime piracy 24 … [read more]

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