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Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on Monday urged the Malaysian government [press release] to make improvements to its efforts to combat human trafficking. At the conclusion of her first visit to Malaysia, Giammarinaro said [statement] that there are currently several million undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia. Although … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Experts from the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice [official website], along with several other special groups within the UN, urged [press release] Kenya on Monday to repeal sections of the Marriage and Property Act [text]. According to the experts, the provisions effectively deny … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] on Friday urged [press release] the island nation of Seychelles to establish a National Action Plan to combat human trafficking, and to hasten to pass the draft anti-trafficking bill currently circulating in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says says the US must pursue a full spectrum of "smart power" capabilities in Africa, to include but not be limited to the use of drones for surveillance or targeted killing strikes...The ongoing crises in Algeria and Mali … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Landriscina, New York Civil Liberties Union Legal Fellow, revisits her article on the displacement of the Chagos Islanders by the US and UK. Here, she examines what she argues is the lackluster response of the US to a petition of the plight of the Chagossians and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official profile] on Monday stressed the need to address the causes of maritime piracy [statement] with a "multi-dimensional approach" [press release]. Addressing the UN Security Council, Eliasson noted three areas of concern that warrant immediate action: 1) better coordination, information-sharing and trust-building among countries … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg [official website, in German] on Friday issued sentences for 10 Somalis who were involved in the hijacking the German freighter MS Taipan off the coast of Somalia two years ago. The defendants, ranging in age from 19–50, were found guilty on charges … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] An appeals court in Kenya ruled Thursday that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction to try international piracy suspects. The court's decision overturns a 2010 ruling [JURIST report] which found that Kenya does not have jurisdiction outside of its national waters. The appellate court, composed of a five-judge panel, concluded that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Monday sentenced a convicted Somali pirate negotiator to a dozen life sentences. Judge Robert Doumar sentenced [Reuters report] Mohammad Shibin to serve 10 concurrent life sentences, two consecutive life sentences and two 20-year sentences, and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] released an accused Somali pirate Tuesday after prosecutors failed to produce sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. English-speaking Somali citizen Ali Mohamed Ali, 50, was scheduled to be tried next week [AP report] on charges … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau (IMB) [official website] on Monday reported that the number of global pirate attacks fell sharply [press release] in the first half of 2012. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre [official website] (PRC) received reports [materials] of 177 incidents in the first six … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled Wednesday that the legal definition of maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] includes an armed attack to hijack a ship, even if the attempt is unsuccessful. In one case, the court upheld [opinion, PDF] the convictions and life … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Ten Somali pirates were sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday in the Abu Dhabi Federal Criminal Court of First Instance. The men were convicted of highjacking the MV Arrilah-1, a UAE-owned ship hauling aluminum in the Arabian Sea, in April 2011. The US Fifth Fleet [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Six accused Somali pirates went on trial in a Paris court Tuesday for taking 30 crew members hostage in 2008 on the ship Le Ponant in the Gulf of Aden. The men could face life in prison [AFP report] if convicted of both kidnapping and theft as a result … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Somali national Mohommad Saaili Shibin was convicted in a US court on Friday of piracy [JURIST news archive] for his role in the hijacking of a German merchant vessel and a US yacht in 2010 and 2011. Shibin, who played the role of negotiator in the hijackings, was convicted … [read more]


Student Commentary
26 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Landriscina, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, is a student attorney at the school's UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic. Here she discusses the expulsion of the Chagos Islanders from Diego Garcia, and the need for the US to take responsibility for its … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The US government on Tuesday handed over [press release] 15 suspected Somali pirates it captured in January to the Republic of Seychelles for prosecution. The suspects are accused of attacking a ship and kidnapping 13 Iranian fisherman, all of whom the US Navy rescued. They will be tried in … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Tribunale Ordinario di Roma [official website, in Italian] on Monday ordered nine alleged Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] to be tried in Italy's first international piracy trial on charges of attacking the Montecristo, an Italian cargo vessel, off the coast of Somalia last year. Currently being held in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Seychelles President James Michel [official profile] on Monday asked world leaders to address security problems in Somalia with greater urgency on Monday in order to lower the rate of Somali pirate [JURIST news archive] attacks in the southern Indian Ocean. In letters to a number of leaders, including US … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Six accused Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] went on trial in Paris Tuesday on charges of hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with a 2008 attack on a yacht. Then men are accused [CNN report] of capturing the Carre-d'As IV in the Gulf of Aden and holding a … [read more]

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