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Legal News
17 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Doug Ducey [campaign website] on Thursday signed legislation that will require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship test before they are able to graduate, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Supporters from the Arizona State Legislature [official website] introduced the American … [read more]

29 Nov 2013

The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) state war crimes court [official website] on Tuesday released 10 prisoners connected to war crimes committed during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive] following a ruling [press relase, PDF] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. Six of these individuals … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday reopened criminal proceedings [press release] for a man convicted of war crimes in 2006, after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled in July that his rights were violated. Abduladhim Maktouf, an Iraqi-born Islamic militant, was … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] ordered [press release] Friday that Zivko Budimir [official website, in Croatian], president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, be released from jail immediately. Budmir was arrested [JURIST report] in April along with 19 other officials as part of a corruption investigation and … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Zivko Budimir, president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, one of the governing entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [OHCHR profile], was arrested on Friday along with 17 other officials as part of a corruption investigation and crackdown. Budimir and others were detained and questioned [Balkan Insight report] while their offices … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The war crimes court for Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website, in Bosnian] on Friday convicted a former paramilitary unit commander from Montenegro on multiple counts of murder, torture, rape and looting committed during the the civil war in the former Yugoslavia (1992-1995) and sentenced him to 45 years of … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Monday elected 18 countries [press release], including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in the former Yugoslavia to investigate the enforced disappearances of 14,000 people who are still unaccounted for since the civil war in the 1990s. The report [text, PDF] comes as the mandate for the International Criminal Tribunal for … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ivan Milosevic, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, is the author of the eleventh entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He dissects the history of the former Yugoslavia … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dmytro Vorobey is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has interned at the district prosecutor's office and the district court in Novomoskovsk, Ukraine. In the second entry of a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Scott Shackelford of Indiana University, Kelley School of Business says that the recent decision by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on genocide raises pertinent questions about the legal standards used to prosecute those who commit the ultimate human rights abuse...On January 25, 2012, the Court of … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A court in Montenegro on Wednesday sentenced four former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) soldiers to up to four years in prison for war crimes committed during the Croatian conflict. In a retrial of a 2010 case, the court found the four defendants guilty of torturing prisoners [RFE/RL report] at … [read more]

Legal News
12 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Arizona Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday ended a two-year injunction [ruling, PDF] on portions of a law [HB 2564 text, PDF] that restricted abortion [JURIST news archive] practices. The original injunction by the Maricopa County Superior Court [official website] held the following provisions as "undue burdens" … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The European Council [official website] on Friday agreed [meeting report, PDF] to grant Croatia [EC materials] EU membership following six years of accession negotiations. The decision calls for negotiations to close [press release] by the end of the month and the accession treaty to be signed by year's end, … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] officially recommended [statement text] Croatia [EC materials] for accession to the European Union (EU) [official website] and announced on Friday that Croatia will become the 28th member of the EU on July 1, 2013. EC President Jose Barroso stated that Croatia has made … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Bosnian war crimes victims on Thursday submitted evidence to the Prosecutors Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] accusing three former members of the Serbian Supreme Council of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Former Yugoslav presidents Zoran Lilic and Dobrica Cosic … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] on Tuesday signed into law a bill outlawing abortions [JURIST news archive] performed based on the sex or race of the fetus. Representative Steve Montenegro sponsored HB 2442 and HB 2443 [legislative materials], which separately outlaw abortions based on the child's sex or … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday convicted [judgment, PDF] former senior Serbian police official Vlastimir Djordjevic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; case materials] on five counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, sentencing him to 27 years [press release]. Djordjevic was convicted of … [read more]

Legal News
9 Dec 2010
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a challenge to California's affirmative action [JURIST news archive] ban in public university admissions. The ban, approved by voters in 1996 as Proposition 209 [text], prohibits discrimination or preferential … [read more]

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