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Legal News
15 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday condemned [press release] the bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, as an "appalling disregard for human life." The attack killed at least 41 people in the capital of Lebanon. The Islamic State (IS) [JURIST Backgrounder] has taken responsibility for the attack in which two … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The actions of the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] reported [press release] Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses Grand Ayatollah Sisani's call for jihad against ISIS in Iraq ... As has been widely discussed, Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a call for jihad against the terrorist organization currently rampaging throughout much of Iraq, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Personal Status Law … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, despite Islam's proscription against collecting interest, and a constitutional provision prohibiting laws that conflict with such Islamic rulings, Iraq's courts are unlikely to declare the nation's new state-owned bank unconstitutional...Just last month, Iraqi President Jalal … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt's recent judgment disbanding the People's Assembly may result in a power imbalance between the three branches that could be exploited by a strong executive...There has been much criticism of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a recent survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute reveals changing attitudes regarding federal authority and regional independence in Iraq...The National Democratic Institute (NDI) recently released a survey [PDF] of Iraqi attitudes toward a variety … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that recent decisions by the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq demonstrate the Court's deference to the legislature over legal questions that implicate controversial areas of religious doctrine...Recently, the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq issued two decisions … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human rights violations continue [press release] in Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] despite reforms, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. After the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) [official website] released a report [JURIST report] in November concerning human rights violations committed against anti-government protesters, the Bahraini government … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq's handling of the violence perpetrated against an unpopular group of people may ultimately determine the type of state Iraq will evolve into over the course of the coming years...There has been an apparent disturbing … [read more]


Student Commentary
29 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Toone, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2012, has spent over two years working and studying in the Middle East, including six months as an embedded civilian social scientist with the First Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. He writes about some of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Jul 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the ICC must keep in mind the example of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as it goes forward with prosecutions referred by the UN Security Council in order to maintain its legitimacy... Criminal trials … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [report, PDF; press release] methods used by the government of Yemen [JURIST news archive] in counter-terror operations as violations of human rights. In a report, "Yemen: Cracking Down Under Pressure," the rights group accused the government of perpetrating numerous human right … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Sep 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the new Iraqi provincial elections law's creation of a commission to determine the appropriate power-sharing arrangement for the northern Kirkuk region may actually hinder progress towards a more comprehensive solution of the extraordinarily complex … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Mar 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the mixed success to date of Iraqi legislative initiatives aimed at rebuilding the country's legal order suggests that true progress and stabilization beyond the mere enactment of laws may require an Iraqi commitment to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Jul 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the much-discussed ideological divide between Shi'is and Sunnis in Iraq is actually more subtle and complex than is usually depicted... There has been a great deal of focus in the news recently on what … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Feb 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Mary Ellen O'Connell of Notre Dame Law School says that the United States today has no legal basis to use significant armed force against Iran, and that another unlawful war in the wake of the Iraq debacle would be very damaging to American interests and image abroad... … [read more]

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