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Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday granted early release [decision, PDF; press release] to convicted war criminal Germain Katanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A three-judge panel of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC conducted a review of Katanga's sentence [ICC case … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Namibia Supreme Court ruled [judgment] Monday that three HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized in public hospitals. This decision affirms [JURIST report] the July 2012 intermediate court ruling [judgment], which stated that the sterilizations were illegal because circumstances rendered the consent coerced and uninformed. All three sterilizations occurred while … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Iowa Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion; pdf] on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son. The court held unanimously that a vasectomy is a "major elective surgery," as well as a "nonemergency major medical procedure" … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Tuesday elected 14 countries [press release] to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The UK Court of Protection [official website] ruled Friday that a man with learning disabilities who does not possess the capacity to provide informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests." The man, known as DE, has already fathered one child with his girlfriend … [read more]

12 Aug 2013
by Sean Gallagher

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report [PDF] in July 2012 that explored the rising international use of drones. A previous report [PDF] issued by the GAO in 2004 specified that that 41 countries owned drones, with 32 attempting to develop new drone technology. By 2012, the GAO … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A court in Namibia has ruled that the government sterilized three HIV-positive women without obtaining appropriate consent, a legal aid group said Monday. The Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) [advocacy website] reported [press release] that the court ruled the sterilization of the women improper after finding that they were … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Valentina Azarov of the Al-Quds Bards College, Al-Quds University says that Israel's actions in the Palestinian territories violate international law, specifically in regards to the illegal construction of settlements. She also argues that third-party states should seek to enforce international norms in their legal relationships with Israel...In … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Kushtrim Istrefi, Legal Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, says that it would be misguided to construe the ICJ's recent advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence as the opening of the flood gates for all manner of secessionist movements... The absence … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) [official websites] ruled Friday that the farmers who lost their land under Zimbabwe's land reform program [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] may take their case to the SADC summit meeting next month. The ruling, which also reaffirms a previous ruling … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Michael Kearney, a lecturer in international law at the University of York (UK), and Victor Kattan, Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, argue for the recognition of Palestine as a State competent to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Namibia-based Southern African Development Community Tribunal [official website] on Friday ruled that 78 white Zimbabwe farmers whose land was seized by the Zimbabwe government under its farm redistribution program [JURIST report] were owed compensation and that the seizures were racially motivated, discriminatory and contrary to the treaty [DOC … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Somalia and Myanmar rank as the world's most corrupt nations in 2007 according to the latest annual Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index [corruption index; press release] released Wednesday. The index ranked 180 countries based on observations by businesspeople and analysts, giving each a score between 1 and 10. Myanmar … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Namibian High Court on Wednesday sentenced 10 defendants to prison terms ranging from 30 to 32 years after they were convicted of high treason for their roles in the 1999 Caprivi uprising [BBC backgrounder]. The 10, who were removed from the courtroom for unruly behavior during the sentencing, … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Namibian human rights group National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) [advocacy website] Tuesday said that it has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate former Namibian President Sam Nujoma [BBC profile] in connection with the disappearance of over 4,200 people during the country's struggle for … [read more]

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