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Legal News
8 hours ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former UK bank trader Tom Hayes [BBC profile] was convicted Monday of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. Following a unanimous jury verdict, Judge Jeremy Cooke [official profile] sentenced Hayes to 14 years in prison for attempting to rig the London interbank offered rate (Libor) [WSJ market data]. Hayes, … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Swiss authorities on Thursday said that the United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA [official website] officials who were arrested on corruption charges in late May. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) [official website] announced that formal extradition requests by the US were submitted on Wednesday. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US prosecutors on Wednesday charged [indictment, PdF] 14 top FIFA [official website] officials with offenses including racketeering, money laundering and bribery, alleging that the men used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to support various sites of FIFA World Cup … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a resolution [press release] declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution on Wednesday calling [press release] the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage [BBC report] by using the same term … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Nuclear talks continued Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days before a self-imposed deadline for a preliminary deal set by the six world powers involved in the negotiations with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] and French and German foreign ministers have cancelled travel plans to leave … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged [press release] EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev [Russia Profile] about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights [press release]. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Parliament of Greece [official website] on Tuesday ratified a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide. The revised bill is titled "Fight Against Xenophobia," and it was adopted by a vote of 54-42, with 3 parliament members abstaining from the vote. With Thursday's vote, Greece joined … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The use of lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones [JURIST backgrounder] poses a risk of putting the US on a "slippery slope" to perpetual war, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] published Thursday by the Stimson Center [advocacy website]. From a one-year extensive study, the report … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Swiss bank Credit Suisse [corporate website] pleaded guilty Monday to a criminal charge for its role in helping Americans avoid taxes, according to a speech [text] from US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website]. Credit Suisse will pay a $2.5 billion financial penalty to the Department of Justice (DOJ), … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (GA) [official website] called upon nations to ensure military drones are used in accordance with international law in a resolution passed on Friday. The resolution was presented by [Reuters report] Switzerland and Pakistan and expressed concern over global compliance with international law in the use … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday said there can no longer be any excuses for inaction [press release] in North Korea following the release of a 372-page report [JURIST report] documenting widespread crimes against humanity. Pillay referred to the acts committed in North … [read more]

Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The lower house of Belgian Parliament [official website] gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would extend the country's euthanasia law to certain cases of terminally ill minors. The legislation [materials, in Dutch], approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A team of lawyers, doctors and professors specializing in the prosecution of war crimes and forensic evidence issued [press release] a report [text, PDF] Monday including numerous photographs alleged to be "clear evidence'"of torture and systematic killings amounting to war crimes in Syria. The report is derived from almost … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2014
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The National Coalition [official website, in Arabic], the main opposition group in Syria, announced [text, press release] on Monday that it will not attend peace talks this week in Switzerland unless the UN withdraws its invitation to Iran to attend the talks. In a press release, National Coalition head … [read more]

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