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Student Commentary
1 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Laura Crestohl, McGill University Faculty of Law Class of 2014, explains Carter v. Canada and its impact of physician-assisted suicide...The case Carter v. Canada is bringing the issue of physician-assisted suicide back to the Canadian courts. In 2011, Lee Carter, Hollis Johnson and the late Gloria Taylor … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Montreal Police [official website] on Friday arrested 279 protestors at an allegedly illegal demonstration aimed at protesting police tactics. The protesters were speaking out against Montreal's Municipal Bylaw P-6 [materials], which allows the police to declare illegal any demonstration where participants failed to provide government authorities a copy … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Hungarian authorities on Monday announced plans to investigate into whether a former Nazi resides in the country's capital amid demands by various rights groups to prosecute the war criminal. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy website], a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war criminals, … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Rasema Handanovic, a woman accused of killing Bosnian Croat civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty Friday before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website]. This makes her the first woman [AFP report] convicted of war crimes by the local Bosnian court. Fellow … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Apr 2012

JURIST Associate Editor Yuriy Vilner is a member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013 and an LL.M. Candidate at the Católica Global School of Law, a Lisbon-based faculty of the Catholic University of Portugal. In the final entry of a four-part series on the realities … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Monday deported Rwandan war crimes suspect Leon Mugesera, after a Quebec Superior Court [official website] judge ruled that the court did not have jurisdiction to rule on immigration cases. Mugesera, who has been fighting deportation from Canada since 1995, is a former Rwandan politician accused … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A French judge has requested access to information from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] in order to investigate allegations of torture being made by three French citizens. Judge Sophie Clement requested access to documents, as well as access to individuals who had contact with the men during their arrest and … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Sudanese-born Canadian citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik [backgrounder] was removed [press release] from the UN Security Council [official website] Al Qaeda Sanctions List (1267 List) [text, PDF; materials] on Thursday. Abdelrazik was added to the list while being held in Sudan in 2006 based on suspected ties to al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...A regulatory framework allows countries to solve environmental problems that inherently are similar and conducive to … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Jun 2011

Megan McKee, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, worked as a legal researcher for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and is currently working in Lebanon. She writes about the need for greater rights for migrant workers in that country, especially for those employed as domestic … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the Court of Appeal for Ontario stayed an April 11 ruling [text] that the country's marijuana laws are unconstitutional. Justice David Taliano of Ontario's Superior Court of Justice [official website] invalidated [JURIST report] the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) [text] in April, finding that the program's … [read more]

Legal News
11 Feb 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment text] challenged aspects of the Canada Evidence Act [materials], ruling that national security considerations take precedence over criminal convictions. The court affirmed the constitutionality of a provision that vests the Federal Court [official website] with, and removes from … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Tunisia's Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi announced Wednesday that the country has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile]. Ben Ali, his wife and other family members face allegations that they illegally transferred money [AFP report] out of the country, possessed … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [official website] on Friday urged incumbent Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] to step down, threatening the use of force if he attempts to maintain power. Gbagbo has refused to cede power to president-elect Alassance Ouattara [BBC profile], who won … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment text] 4-4-1 Wednesday that various sections of the national law regulating the use of human embryos and other aspects of reproduction fall outside the scope of Parliament's legislative authority. In its advisory opinion [Ottawa Sun report], the divided court held … [read more]

Legal News
28 Nov 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, text] that the police did not violate constitutional protections by accessing a citizen’s electricity usage during an investigation. The Court reversed the decision of the appellate court by finding that during their investigation of a citizen for the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Timothy Moore of York University and Special Guest Columnist Andras Schreck of Schreck Presser Law say a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada leaves suspects with such a weak right to counsel that police interrogations are quite likely to lead to false confessions... The Supreme … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon [official profile] told the House of Commons [official website] Monday that the Harper administration has agreed to accept Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and convicted terrorist Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] after he serves the first year of his … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that Scottish police can no longer question a suspect in custody without the presence of a lawyer. The court found that the previous law, which permitted interrogation of suspects without a lawyer for up to six hours, violated the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2010
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday expanded [judgment, PDF] journalists' rights to protect sources while testifying.The decision, delivered by Justice Louis LeBel, expanded a May Supreme Court ruling that denied journalists the overarching ability to guarantee anonymity [JURIST report] during testimony, instead limiting source disclosure to … [read more]

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