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Legal News
1 day ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday urged nations affected by the Zika virus to review their laws and allow women access to contraceptive devices and abortion [press release]. The commissioner reported that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is linked to a condition involving … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 days ago
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [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
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an employer may monitor an employee's private communications when the communications are transmitted with the employer's Internet and hardware. The applicant, Bogdan Barbulescu, was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Hungarian government on Thursday filed a challenge [press release, in Hungarian] in the European Court of Justice to the EU's quota plan that will distribute refugees throughout the member states. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that migrants pose a threat to the nation after the attacks in … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday that his country plans to file a lawsuit by December 18 challenging the EU's plan to distribute 120,000 refugees to each of its member states. Along with Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania also opposed the new measure, but the four were … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova [official website] stripped former prime minister Filat Vladimir [official profile] of immunity on Thursday and later detained him [AP report] on suspicion of involvement in a 2014 bank fraud scheme. The allegations suggest Filat was involved in the disappearance of up to USD … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Home Office statistics [materials] revealed Tuesday that hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18 percent over the last year. Police recorded [Huffington Post report] 52,528 hate crimes between 2014 and 2015, which were motivated by factors including race and religious hatred, disability, sexual orientation and gender … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC report] was indicted Thursday for forgery, complicity in tax evasion and money laundering. Four others were also indicted in the case [Cotidianul report, in Romanian], which will be sent to the High Court of Cassation and Justice [official website, in Romanian]. Ponta was … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Five judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] issued an opinion [order, PDF] stating that the circuit's decision to uphold the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text] was "clearly and gravely wrong." The federal government argues that if the religious … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that employers may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception for moral reasons, rather than restricting the ability to refuse to those with religious objections. The case was brought by an anti-abortion group called … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Bulgarian military court on Friday sentenced former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov [official profile] to 10 years in prison for embezzlement. Kirov had served as the head of the National Intelligence Service [official website, in Bulgarian] from 2002 until 2012 and was convicted in 2013 for embezzling 4.7 million … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Washington state may force pharmacies to provide emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B. The decision overturns as 2012 ruling [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Over 60 South Koreans were indicted [press release] Wednesday in an investigation into corruption involving defense procurement projects. Of the indicted individuals, two are former navy chiefs of staff, 10 are current or former military generals, one is a former vice minister, and many more are businessmen and brokers. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

Russia's Federation Council [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday announced [statement, PDF, in Russian; press release, in Russian] it plans to add 12 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to a list of groups that will be investigated for undermining the government. The so-called "patriotic stop-list" includes [RT report] National Democratic Institute for … [read more]

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