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Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) [official website, in Polish] passed [Reuters report] new legislation Tuesday that opponents decry as damaging to the checks and balances within the government. The law creates new hurdles for Poland's Constitutional Court [official website, Polish], which functions to determine the constitutional validity of … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Home Office statistics [materials] revealed Tuesday that hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18 percent over the last year. Police recorded [Huffington Post report] 52,528 hate crimes between 2014 and 2015, which were motivated by factors including race and religious hatred, disability, sexual orientation and gender … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a same-sex spouse is not entitled to his husband's full pension benefits in the event of death. John Walker worked for Innospec but retired in 2003, two years before same-sex civil partnerships were recognized in the UK. In … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An unnamed Australian man has allegedly bribed New South Wales judges with approximately $2.2 million in order to obtain less severe jail sentences, according to confidential police documents cited by Fairfax Media and Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners [corporate websites] Monday. According to the reports [Four Corners report, New … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott [official website], won a contentious judgment [text, PDF] in the UK High Court [official website] on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [press release] Thursday that the UK government's extradition of terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the US in October was lawful. Aswat was arrested in the UK at the request of US authorities in 2005 on terrorism charges relating to … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday sentenced [BBC report] Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to life in prison for supporting terrorism. Hamza was convicted and found guilty [JURIST report] of 11 criminal charges in … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The High Court of Justice of England and Wales [official website] has declared [ruling, pdf] that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Australian citizen David Hicks [JURIST news archive] filed a motion [text, PDF] to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday convicted [press release] Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of supporting terrorism. Al-Masri was found guilty [BBC report] of 11 criminal charges, which included planning to … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Wednesday reported [press release] that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the government. Manjoo … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The England and Wales High Court [official website] on Monday rejected a lawsuit [judgment] by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS) [advocacy websites] challenging planned government cuts to legal aid for prisoners. The charitable organizations challenged the legal aid cuts [Howard League press … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) [advocacy website] on Monday released a report [official report, PDF; press release] urging the Egyptian government to promote the independence of the judiciary and to end selective prosecution. In June IBAHRI carried out a fact-finding mission in Egypt, where it conducted … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of UK criminal trial lawyers staged a half-day strike on Monday to protest planned government cuts to legal aid. The fee cuts, which would reduce their pay by as much as 30 percent [Bloomberg report], are part of an attempt by the government to lessen the country's deficit. … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release, PDF] Wednesday that Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [official website] was justified in its decision that withholding certain invasive treatments would be in the best interests of critical care patient David James, despite resistance from the patient's … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey [official website] filled charges [indictment, PDF] Monday against a UK national for allegedly hacking into thousands of computer systems operated by the US government. The accused, Lauri Love and three unnamed co-conspirators are accused of infiltrating the computer systems of … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Monday dismissed a libel suit against a British financier who has criticized corruption in Russia. Russian police officer Pavel Karpov sued William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Fund [corporate website] after Browder accused Karpov of being involved in a circle … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Northern Ireland judge ruled [judgment summary] Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a state law criminalizing speech that "advises" and "encourages" another's suicide is unconstitutional. In the suit filed against the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network [advocacy website] after they were charged with the 2007 suicide of a … [read more]

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