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Academic Commentary
30 Sep 2014
by William Partlett of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests [PDF] that this reputation is not completely justified. This research suggests that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Russia [official website] ruled Thursday that the law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors is not in breach of the Russian Constitution [text]. The controversial law [text, in Russian], which entered into force in June 2013, was challenged [RAPSI report] by three LGBT-rights … [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
5 Jun 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Slovakia National Council [official website, in Slovak] amended the country's constitution [text] on Wednesday to specifically define marriage [legislative materials, in Slovak] as the unique bond between one man and one woman. Of the 123 members of Slovakia's parliament that voted on the measure, only 18 voted against … [read more]

25 Mar 2014
by Michael Roberts

Sparked by frustration with the social and economic conditions in Russia during the country's involvement in World War I, the Russian people rioted against Tsar Nicholas II. The Tsar's government collapsed in February 1917, and this "February Revolution" brought a new socialist economic system spearheaded by the Bolsheviks to what … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A gun and suicide bomb attack on Monday on a court complex in Islamabad, Pakistan, left 11 people dead and 25 injured. Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, senior advocate Rao Abdul Rashid, advocate Tanveer Ahmend Shah, and several other members of court staff were among those killed in the … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakhov on Monday said on his official Facebook page [Facebook, in Ukrainian] that an arrest warrant has been issued for the country's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovich [JURIST news archive], for the mass killings of civilian anti-government protestors. In his statement, Avakhov said that an … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [official website] announced a decree [text, PDF, in Russian] on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution [materials, in Russian] is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled on Thursday that Russia must pay 1.9 million euros, or $2.6 million, to the families of 36 Chechen men who disappeared between 2000 and 2006. The court found that Russia was in violation of Articles 2, 3, 5 and … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday reversed [judgment, PDF] a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2003 law [text, PDF] regulating the promotion of tobacco products. The 2003 law requires shops that sell tobacco to display health warnings and limit the size of advertisements. … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The international response to the crisis in Syria has been mixed since the conflict began in 2011. While Assad maintains some international support, much of the world has condemned his regime's response to the protests against his regime since the early days of the conflict. The UN has attempted to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Feb 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the upcoming prosecution of Sergei Magnitsky by the Russian government is an unprecedented violation of rule of law principles...Over the past year I have been writing about the first prosecution of a dead man during the modern … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] commuted the sentences [press release, in Russian] of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] Thursday from 13 years to 11 years. Both are now eligible … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A new protocol to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) [text] intended to combat the illegal trade of tobacco products was unanimously approved on Monday. The protocol [draft text, PDF] was approved by 176 countries [AP report] during the Fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday reduced the sentence of the former business partner of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] by three years. Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] has been incarcerated since 2003 on various charges associated with his business partnership with … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RASPI background; JURIST news archive] were transferred to separate regional prisons on Saturday to serve out their two-year sentences for hooliganism and religious hatred in connection with their performance at an protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The recently freed member of the controversial Russian feminist rock collective Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that she has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights [official website]. Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, is claiming [RAPSI report] violations of her right to freedom of … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [official website] on Tuesday proposed legislation [materials, in Russian] that would ban tobacco advertisements and public smoking and raise taxes on tobacco products. On his video blog [media website, in Russian] Medvedev acknowledged that 44 million Russians—a third of the entire population—are nicotine dependent, … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday freed one member of the controversial feminist rock collective Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] freed Yekaterina Samutsevich after accepting her argument [BBC report] that she had been removed from the cathedral so quickly that … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Yale Law School Class of 2014, posits that while Pussy Riot advocates much-needed overarching political and legal reforms, it also needlessly tramples current laws in so doing... On February 21, 2012, five members of the female rock group Pussy Riot invaded Moscow's Cathedral of Christ … [read more]

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