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Legal News
11 hours ago
by Taylor Isaac

The international Venice Commission, a branch of the Council of Europe [official websites], began an investigation [press release] Monday into Poland's recent changes to its Constitutional Court [official website, in Polish]. The review was requested by Polish officials after the change in law in December resulted in street protests and … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda [official profile] approved a new law on Thursday that grants the government [press release, in Polish] greater access to digital data and broader use of surveillance for law enforcement. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) [party website, in Polish], which won a parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has begun the first assessment of the Rule of Law [materials] in Poland, a member state, concerning the EU policy of Media Freedom and Pluralism materials] as well as changes in the nation's Constitutional Tribunal. The Rule of … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Polish President Andrzej Duda [official website, in Polish] on Thursday signed [press release, in Polish] a controversial media control bill into law. Under the new law, the treasury minister [official website, in Polish] will replace [IBT report] the National Broadcasting Council [official website, in Polish] in appointing and removing media … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Sunday expressed its intentions to debate Poland's new law on control of state-run media after Warsaw seized control of public broadcasters. The debate [Reuters report], scheduled to be held on January 13, is likely the first stage of a potential punitive action to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) [official website, in Polish] passed [Reuters report] new legislation Tuesday that opponents decry as damaging to the checks and balances within the government. The law creates new hurdles for Poland's Constitutional Court [official website, Polish], which functions to determine the constitutional validity of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Ewelina Kemp of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union... Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website, in German] on Monday urged other EU countries to assist in accommodating the influx of refugees from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan; saying that the burden cannot fall on a just a few countries. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel joined the message, warning [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US is hindering Poland's investigation into a secret CIA [official website] prison there, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday. Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow that is doing the investigation, said that the US has ignored requests for documents relevant to the investigation. The Polish … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights [official website] had imposed a Saturday deadline [AP report] on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that authorities at the Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detention center provide adequate medical care to Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused ringleader of the USS Cole bombing [JURIST report]. The defense claimed that Nashiri was unfit to stand trial due to inadequate … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert Gonzalez declared that … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began [JURIST report] in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [official website] on Sunday spoke to Germany's Bild newspaper [official website, in German], calling for further sanctions against Russia after they allegedly failed to honor a ceasefire. An agreement [BBC backgrounder] was signed in Minsk in September calling for the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry … [read more]

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