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Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday unsealed the indictment [document, PDF] of a Turkish man for allegedly organizing three cyber-attacks that led to an estimated $55 million in global losses. Ercan Findikoglu, after being extradited [Reuters report] to the US from Germany on Tuesday, plead … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The UN torture prevention body on Wednesday urged the Philippines to tackle urgent prison overcrowding [press release] issues and improve independent monitoring of detention facilities. During a visit by the six-member delegation, the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] presented its confidential preliminary observations to the Filipino … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A former US government employee with the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission was charged [indictment, PDF; press release] with a four count violation of federal law in connection with an attempted phishing scheme involving Department of Energy employee emails. Charles Harvey Eccleston, aged 62, was charged two … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A judge for the District Court of The Hague [official website, in Dutch] on Tuesday approved [judgment, in Dutch] the extradition to the US of a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in a multimillion dollar computer hack. Vladimir Drinkman will be sent to New Jersey, where three other Russians … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF] Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted [AI report] from these claims. … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged the Irish government to petition the European Court of Human Rights [official website] to reopen the 1978 UK v. Ireland [text] case following claims that the UK sanctioned torture. These allegations follow the airing of the RTE [media website] documentary "The … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged accountability [press release] for torture in the Philippines, noting that five years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 [law, PDF], there have still been no convictions. Salil Shetty, AI's Secretary General, says that the law, considered at the time … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged the Philippines Congress to enact a draft law that would create an autonomous Muslim region in the south of the country. The law is to serve an important role [Al Jazeera report] in the peace talks between the government and Muslim rebels, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance [official profile] announced [press release] Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub [official website] of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day [official website] calling on the international community to "commit to keep [the oceans] healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea [BBC backgrounder]. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of disputed … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved Republic Act 10354 [press release, PDF] expanding public access to family planning and reproductive health services. The bill, which was approved by both houses of parliament [JURIST report] and signed by President Benigno Aquino [official profile] over … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Pakistani High Court of Sindh Karachi [official website] sentenced [Anadolu Agency report] six men on Saturday for the 2011 murder of prominent TV journalist Wali Khan Babar. The landmark ruling makes the first time in Pakistan's history that individuals have been tried and sentenced for the murder of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act) [text], which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law [materials] on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online crimes … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements [Philippines DFA press release] condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Sunday urged [press release] the international community to provide more support for central Philippine communities devastated by powerful typhoon Haiyan last month. The rebuilding effort is based on a four-year plan, which amounts to about $ 8.17 billion, will restore the affected … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. Whether … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Philippine Justice Department [official website] on Monday filed graft charges against nearly 40 current and former government officials and a prominent businesswoman for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars in governments funds intended for the poor. Chief prosecutors assert that, between 2007 and 2009, three current senators and dozens … [read more]

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