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Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record [HRW report]. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 [text, PDF] and introduced by Representative Chris … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Panama Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] said Wednesday that former president Ricardo Martinelli [JURIST news archive] will no longer be immune from prosecution, which allows investigations of corruption charges from Martinelli's time in office to begin. The Panama Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] had requested [AP … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in Panama on Thursday sentenced the former president of the country's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] Alejandro Moncada to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment and corruption. Panama officials suspended [JURIST report] Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama [official website, in Spanish], Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended [JURIST report] Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation [HB 2010, PDF] to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger [official profile], and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Panama [official website, in Spanish] voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former president Ricardo Martinelli. All nine judges of the court voted to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of Martinelli inflating contracts. Allegations are based on testimony by former head of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Panama officials on Monday suspended a justice of the Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] over corruption charges in a landmark case. Alejandro Moncada has been battling accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo Martinelli. Documents emerged that Moncada had paid mostly cash for two … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Mar 2014
by Curtis Doebbler of Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of the Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations argues that while many US lawyers and diplomats have condemned Russia's involvement in Ukraine as a violation of international law, recent practices of states using force against other states suggests that it may be the United … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [report] Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by engaging in … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the government of Kenya to respect the rights of the Sengwer indigenous people, who are facing eviction from their native home in the Embobut Forest in western Kenya. Kenyan authorities … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official profile] on Tuesday voiced concern [statement] over the fate of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [text], stating that its implementation would be "difficult, if not impossible" without greater awareness of human rights … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official profile] on Tuesday voiced concern [statement] over the situations of aboriginal people in Canada, concluding that the country is facing a "crisis." Information collected by Anaya reveals that despite the general wealth and prosperity of Canada, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] states to honor treaties with indigenous peoples, two days before the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples [official website]. Pillay stated that treaties with indigenous peoples ought to be respected regardless of how … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] encouraged the Panamanian government on Monday to strengthen the rights of its indigenous people [press release, in Spanish; UN News Centre report] and ensure they are allowed to preserve their land and autonomy. Anaya's call … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Court of Cassation of Argentina, the highest criminal court, sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem [official websites] of selling illegal weapons to Croatia and Ecuador during his presidency. The now-Senator Menem pleaded innocence, claiming that the weapons were intended for Panama and Venezuela but were stolen and sold … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A new Japanese copyright law that criminalizes illegal downloads of music and video files came in effect on Monday. The revised law [materials, in Japanese] now imposes penalties [BBC report] of two years in prison and fines of up to two million yen (USD $25,627) upon those who illegally … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Panama [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a controversial new copyright law [bill 510, PDF, in Spanish] that allows authorities to fine infringers without a trial or civil lawsuit. The bill would grant broad powers to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A rights group in South Korea [JURIST news archive] on Monday announced its intent to appeal to the UN over the alleged torture of Seoul activist Kim Young-hwan during his time detained in China after helping North Korean refugees there. The Committee for the Release of Kim Young-hwan is … [read more]

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