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Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Court [official website, in French] decided [judgement, PDF, in French] Friday that a new billing allowing for broad surveillance of terrorism suspects does not violate the country's constitution. The bill [No. 2669, in French] was proposed before the most recent terrorist attacks but officials stated that the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Maldives Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 78-2 in favor of impeaching Vice President Mohamed Jameel accusing him of neglecting his duties. Jameel had been deputy to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official website] since their election victory in 2013. At the center of this impeachment [Sun Online report] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US on Monday completed the re-opening [press release, PDF] of diplomatic ties with Cuba by converting the standing US Interests Section into the US Embassy Havana [official website]. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba was first announced [JURIST report] by President Barack Obama [official … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Union Foreign Ministers [official website] on Monday agreed to several measures [text, PDF; materials] to provide assistance to Tunisia in the wake of the last month's attack that killed 38. The measures, agreed upon at a meeting in Brussels [meeting agenda] with Tunisian Prime Minster Habib Essid … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Tuesday brought a lawsuit [press release] asking a federal appeals court to review a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data surveillance program. The motion filed by the ACLU state stated that "today the government is continuing - after … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A government minister of Tunisia, Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday announced an increase of 100,000 security personnel to help protect the country from future terrorist attacks. The strengthened security measures [AP report] include doubling the security personnel at tourist sites, such as beaches, hotels and archaeological sites. The increase follows … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Vatican City State Tribunal [official website] on Saturday delayed [press release] the child abuse trial of former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski due to an "unexpected illness" that resulted in hospitalization. The accused, formerly stationed in the Dominican Republic, is charged with pedophilia and possession of child pornography. Reports … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over a new national security law which increases China's cyber security powers. The law [text] calls for [JURIST report] an increase in internet oversight and for authorities to take tougher measures … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Egyptian officials on Sunday stated that Egypt may pursue legal action against journalists who report information on terrorist attacks that contradicts official government statements. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] is expected to approve a draft law [AFP report] already passed by the cabinet which would punish such … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] China's top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee [official website], on Wednesday adopted a controversial new National Security Law that increases cyber security powers and provides the possibility of establishing efficient crisis management systems. At its bi-monthly session, 155 members of the committee voted on the measure. The law will … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Sabq news [official website], a Saudi government linked news website, reported [Sabq report] on Thursday that King Salman ordered for an investigation and trial of a famous TV host and Muslim Brotherhood scholar. The order was reportedly motivated by an episode of Abdullah al-Modifer's show that was critical of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced [statement, video] Wednesday that the US and Cuba will reopen embassies in each other's capital cities, after 54 years of severed diplomatic relations. Obama said US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] will travel to Havana this summer for the opening … [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
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] France's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday that the man who allegedly beheaded his boss, pinned the severed head on a fence post and tried to blow up an industrial plant will be charged with terrorism and murder. The announcement [Reuters report] by Prosecutor Francois Molins came after the investigation … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli announced Monday that authorities had arrested a group of individuals suspected to have supported a Friday attack that killed 39 at a beach resort. The Islamic State [JURIST backgrounder] has claimed responsibility for the attack and the shooter, Seifeddine Rezgui, was killed by the police. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 Jun 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, discusses the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's new rules regarding torture...For the past four and a half years, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the "Commission") has been working on … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]

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