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Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker, former Professor at the American University of Paris, discusses the European Union's Immigration and Asylum Policy ... "The challenge to the European project today is existential. The refugee crisis has brought that to light. What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on [HRW report] the European Union (EU) and Western Balkans states [official websites] to focus on remedying what it characterizes as deplorable conditions for asylum-seekers in Europe. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Europe … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi civil rights groups filed [complaint, PDF] a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the policy of the Mississippi Department of Human Services [official website] that bans adoption by married same-sex couples. The Campaign for Southern Equality, Family Equality Council [advocacy websites] and two female same-sex couples are the plaintiffs in … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Michigan governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday signed into law a bill [materials] that allows private adoption agencies to deny placements they object to for religious reasons, including placements with same-sex couples. Snyder said the law reflects existing practices [press release] by the state and that his objective is … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner filed an … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Florida Senate [official website] voted [vote, PDF] Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption [text, CS/HB 7013]. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed [vote, PDF] the Florida House of … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Slovenian Parliament [official website] passed legislation granting same-sex marriage and adoption rights Tuesday amid public opposition from conservative and religious groups. Although thousands of people from conservative groups and the Catholic Church rallied to oppose the lawmakers' action, the legislation was passed [press release] by a vote of … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Former Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa [official website] was released from prison Friday until the country's highest court rules on the appeal of his corruption conviction. Jansa was convicted of corruption [JURIST report] for soliciting bribes while signing a defense contract with the Finnish company Patria for a supply … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Slovenian appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction and two-year sentence of former prime minister Janez Jansa [personal website]. Jansa was convicted of corruption [JURIST report] in June along with two others for soliciting bribes while signing a defense contract with the Finnish company Patria for a supply … [read more]

29 Nov 2013
by Michael Roberts

The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A district court in Ljubljana [official website, in Slovenian] on Wednesday convicted former Slovenia [CIA backgrounder] prime minister Janez Jansa [official website] of corruption and sentenced him to two years in prison. The trial began in September 2011 [BBC report], with Jasna and two others accused of soliciting bribes … [read more]

Legal News
2 Feb 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) [official website, database] said Thursday that Greece must improve detention conditions [press release] for migrants and effectively implement recent legislative developments to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers. The WGAD, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council [official website], visited Greece for … [read more]

Legal News
20 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Spokespersons for the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) [official websites on Monday expressed concern [press release; statement] about a recently passed law in Australia that will reopen offshore detention centers used to process migrants and asylum-seekers … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Hungary to protect the nation's Roma communities [AI backgrounder] from attacks. On August 5, violence erupted in the Hungarian village of Devecser when more than a thousand people gathered in the village square in a demonstration … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts noted Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday by calling on the international community to find solutions to the persistent exclusion of Roma denizens from larger society in all countries. "Pharrajimos" is observed each August 2 [UN News Centre report] in remembrance of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Migrants residing in Greece face a rising culture of discrimination and violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF; press release] on Wednesday. The report, entitled "Hate on the Streets: Xenophobic Violence in Greece," documents instances of abuse and discrimination against migrants who traveled … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau [official profile] on Monday called on the government of Turkey and authorities in the European Union (EU) to respect the rights of migrants [statement; press release] in the continent. Crepeau acknowledged the need for governments to ensure … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture [official website] has ruled that Kazakhstan's extradition of 29 Uzbek refugees was a violation of international human rights agreements, including the Convention Against Torture [text]. The committee stated in a ruling that the extradited Uzbekistan nationals faced risk of torture [AP report] in their … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Cyprus government's practice of detaining all illegal migrants seeking asylum in the island nation violates international law, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday. AI claims that Cyprus systematically detains migrants without exploring alternative methods of dealing with the individuals, in violation of European … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Jun 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ivan Milosevic, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, is the author of the eleventh entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He dissects the history of the former Yugoslavia … [read more]

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