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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A Ukrainian official said Tuesday that the nation plans to sue Russia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on claims of financing terrorism. The claims surround the Russian annexation of Donbas and Crimea. Pavlo Petrenko, the Justice Minister for the Ukraine [official website, in Ukrainian], told press … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [text] Tuesday in favor of a man convicted of jaywalking during a 2012 protest in Moscow. Yevgeniy Frumkin was attending a demonstration in Bolotnaya Square to challenge the reelection of Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] to his third term as president. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses the need to strengthen existing international law on incendiary weapons ... Incendiary weapons inflict almost unrivaled cruelty on their victims. Photos taken after an incendiary weapon attack on a Syrian school show the charred bodies of children, who must have … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Russia's Investigative Committee [official website, in Russian] on Friday, charged [press release, in Russian] former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] with multiple murders and attempted murders during the 1990s according to the Interfax agency. Khodorkovsky is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of a local mayor, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

Although hostilities have significantly declined in Ukraine, "serious human rights concerns persist," the UN said [press release] Wednesday in a new report [text, DOC]. The UN attributes this decrease in hostility to the August 26 ceasefire [Reuters report], as certain weapons were withdrawn. However, civilians are still reportedly at risk … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Michael J. Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law argues that France has the legal right to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty following the Paris ISIS attacks...Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Syria was a French mandate from 1923 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release, in Ukrainian] Thursday that recognizes the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide. On May 18, 1944, under orders from Josef Stalin, more than 180,000 indigenous people were deported from Crimea on the grounds that the Tatar people … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved legislation Thursday to protect individuals from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, removing the last barrier to EU visa-free travel into the country. The bill failed several times [Kiev Post report] before receiving 234 votes, surpassing the requisite 226 votes needed to pass … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for countries to develop stronger international laws governing incendiary weapons. The report [text, PDF] provides a five-year review of the developments surrounding incendiary weapons discussing, among other things, instances of its recent use in several countries including Syria, Libya and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Five Ethiopian bloggers on Friday were acquitted of terrorism charges relating to publications on their website [Zone9, in Amharic]. The publications, critical of the government, landed nine bloggers in jail, and one charged in absentia, in April 2014, for violation of Ethiopia's broad anti-terrorism laws [text]. In July five … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit [document, PDF] filed by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [BBC profile], who alleged that Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash perpetuated a racketeering scheme [RICO text, LII] in the US … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Ukrainian officials on Tuesday accepted [declaration, PDF; press release] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] jurisdiction over crimes that may have occurred since February of last year. Fighting and political clashes between Russian and Ukrainians loyalists after Russia's annexation of Crimea have been ongoing since late 2013. Ukraine had … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday that approximately 8,000 people have been killed in Eastern Ukraine [press release] since April of last year. Much of the killing has been attributed to shelling of residential areas. The report discussed … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Ukraine's parliament [official website], on Monday, voted [press release] to give eastern regions a special status through constitutional changes in hopes of weakening their separatist drive. The bill was approved on a first reading, but still faces legislative and judicial hurdles. The resolution, aimed at decentralization of power, would … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced [AI press release] two Ukrainian activists to substantial jail time for the charge of conspiring to commit terror attacks. Oleg Sentsov, a filmmaker, and Aleksandr Kolchenko, an ecologist and antifascist activist, received 20 and 10 years in prison, respectively, for alleged arson … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday that they believe they have found parts of a Buk missile system in Eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last July [BBC backgrounder]. Despite the fact that the plane crash killed all 298 people on-board, no physical evidence has been … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would have created a new tribunal to prosecute those involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine last July. The new tribunal was introduced [UN News Centre report] to create a larger technical … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday addressed the challenges [statement] of upholding the fundamental rights of children in war zones, stating that protecting children is a "moral imperative and legal obligation." The Secretary-General spoke on the issue during an open debate on children and armed conflict which … [read more]

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