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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

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

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

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]

Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration [official website] of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official website] on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why Have … [read more]

17 Jan 2015

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights [official website] Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution [press release] of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2014
by Jean-Marie Kamatali of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lèse-majesté...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on lèse-majesté, the military government has not only resisted this pressure but has … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) [official website] on Monday opened its 53rd session [report, PDF] and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture [text], an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] used torture methods beyond waterboarding on suspected terrorists, according to a report [report] published by the Telegraph Sunday. The UK-based news outlet spoke to an unnamed "security source" who alleged that the "CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close 'to the point … [read more]

Legal News
29 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ten victims of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive] have signed an open letter [text, PDF] to US President Barack Obama [official website] urging him to declassify the upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the program. The letter, which was coordinated … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jul 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] handed down two rulings [judgments, PDF] finding the Polish government in violation of European human rights laws based on the establishment of prison center used for illegal detainment and torture of terrorist suspects. Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday reported … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down [order, PDF] from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The head of Germany's special Nazi war crimes agency [German Federal Archives backgrounder], Kurt Schrimm, announced Monday that his office would soon turn over to state prosecutors the results of investigations into war crimes allegedly committed by several former concentration camp guards. As many as 20 men and women … [read more]

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