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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
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday decided [opinion, PDF] not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee being force-fed. The court … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved a measure to amend the constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] to limit marriage and adoption to couples with only one man and one woman. The bill would make same-sex marriages made outside of El Salvador have … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US military on Wednesday charged [official website] former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions [opinion, PDF] of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Senate Armed Services committee [official website] narrowly advanced a bill [text, PDF] on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi [case materials], a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Qatari man arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks and labeled an "enemy combatant" was released and returned to his home nation on Saturday. Ali bin Kahlah al-Marri was held by US authorities for six years and later pleaded guilty [Al Jazeera report] to one count of conspiracy to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia [press releases], the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation [text, PDF] that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted [press release] the new bill as the best course of action … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] On Wednesday the US Department of Defense [official website] said five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will be released to the Kazakhstan government as part of an effort by the Obama Administration [official website] to expedite the closing of the facility [JURIST report]. An interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Obama Administration [official website] announced on Wednesday that it plans to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. Over the next six months the administration plans to transfer 64 detainees. President Obama has been in contact [Washington Post report] with the heads of several nations to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Saturday announced the repatriation [press release] of four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Afghanistan. The prisoners, Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were released after a review of their cases. Although originally detained on suspicion of being … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Monday announced the transfer[press release] of six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention center to Uruguay. This move is the result of a 2009 Executive Order [text] issued by President Obama [official profile] instructing the Guantanamo Bay Review … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Thursday the transfer of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Three are being transferred to the country of Georgia, while Slovakia will accepted [press releases] the transfer of two more detainees. In 2009 the Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Uruguay began voting on Sunday to elect a new president to succeed current leader Jose Mujica [BBC backgrounder]. Mujica's leftist party, the Broad Front, is being represented by former President Tabare Vazquez [official website, in Spanish]. The opposing right wing party, the National Party, is being represented by Luis … [read more]

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