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Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Four individuals on Monday filed suit [complaint] against the government of Israel in US federal court over injuries they say they claim were inflicted by the Israeli Defense Forces during a deadly 2010 raid. The plaintiffs, Americans David Schermerhorn, Mary Ann Wright and Huwaida Arraf and Belgian national Margriet Deknopper, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional [decision, PDF, in Spanish] a resolution by the Parliament of Catalonia [official website, in Catalan] that proposed a plan for the region's independence from Spain by 2017. The resolution was approved [JURIST report] by Catalonian lawmakers in November, and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Spanish judge has effectively issued an "arrest warrant" for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website], ordering law enforcement to alert him if Netanyahu sets foot in the country, so that he may reopen the investigation into the 2010 Israeli flotilla attack [JURIST op-ed]. Judge Jose de la … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement [text] on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday suspended [press release, PDF, in Spanish] Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Parliament of Catalan [official website, in Catalan] on Monday approved [press release, in Catalan] a proposed resolution to begin separation from Spain. The measure passed with 72 votes in favor of the resolution and 63 against and established that the Parliament would have a "constituent process, citizen participation" … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Ewelina Kemp of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union... Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez of Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] charged five suspected leaders of the Basque separatist movement Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder] Tuesday with crimes against humanity for their participation in the 2004 attacks that left 12 people dead. Specifically, the group is alleged to have … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Thursdayupheld the dismissal [press release, in Spanish] of a case investigating the Rwandan genocide [JURIST news archive]. Spain modified its universal jurisdiction laws last year, and the court refused to lift the reform requirements (Art. 23, Organic Law 1/2014) … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Justice of Catalonia summoned Catalonia, President Artur Mas [official website, in Catalan] on Tuesday over his involvement in the 2014 independence referendum [JURIST report]. Mas has been accused of civil disobedience, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power. Mas is scheduled to appear in … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Canadian court on Tuesday ruled that women may be allowed to wear face-covering veils during swearing the oath of citizenship. The case, heard by a Federal Court of Appeal [official website], was brought by Zunera Ishaq against the Canadian government after she arrived from Pakistan in 2008 and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A women in Petrer, Spain was fined 800 Euros ($885) on Monday for taking a photograph of a police car parked in a handicap spot and posting it temporarily to her Facebook page. The Citizens' Security Law [text, PDF, in Spanish], which went into effect in July, aims to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Migrants who set up a tent city in Athens, Greece have begun being relocated, said Greek authorities on Sunday. Many migrants coming from Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries migrated to the country to escape violence and with more than 130,000 migrants coming in the last year alone, a strain … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A UK court on Monday dismissed a Spanish extradition request for Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake. Karake had been detained since his June arrest [JURIST report] at a London airport, and the court ordered [Reuters report] his release. A European Arrest Warrant [materials] for Karake was … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Two Moroccan women on Monday went on trial for gross indecency [Moroccan penal code article 483, in French] for wearing skirts that police characterized as "too tight." The women, hairdressers aged 23 and 29, were arrested [Al-arby report] in mid-June in the city of Agadir after a passerby notified … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Thousands gathered across Spain on Tuesday to protest Spain's new public security law that went into effect on Wednesday. The Citizen Security Law [text, in Spanish], labeled as a "gag law" by protesters, sets fines for burning the national flag, protesting outside of parliament buildings, and distributing photographs of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] European Union [official website] leaders announced [press release] Friday that a final quota compromise had been reached regarding the large number of illegal immigrants arriving in Italy and Greece after crossing the Mediterranean sea. It is estimated that over 120,000 migrants have made the dangerous sea crossing in the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Australian parliament on Monday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [official website] to prevent the online piracy of film and TV shows. The approved legislation gives rights holders [Guardian report] the chance to go to a federal judge and get overseas websites that have the "primary … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]

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