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Legal News
6 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Turkish officials briefly blocked access [press release] to Twitter [corporate website] in an attempt to prevent sharing of images from Monday's deadly Suruc bombing, and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government. The ban on Twitter was both installed and lifted the same day. Turkey … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A Singapore court on Monday released sixteen-year-old video blogger Amos Yee [YouTube profile], who had been jailed after posting images and video insulting the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew [BBC backgrounder]. The court released Yee after sentencing him [Straits Times report] to four weeks in prison, time he … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Sitting en banc, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] overturned [opinion, PDF] a three-judge panel decision against Google [corporate website] that had required it to remove the controversial, anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder] video from its YouTube [media website] site. The court dissolved … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A UN report [text, PDF] released on Monday stated 2014 was marked by rape, sexual enslavement and forced marriages used by extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon [official website] said in the report that destroying these radical groups is essential [AP report] in the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged [Reuters report] with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Anadolu 4th High Criminal Court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted [Daily Sabah report] the remaining 62 military officers for from an alleged conspiracy to initiate a coup in Turkey in 2003. A lawyer explained the ruling cites inadmissible evidence [Reuters report], notably some of the digital evidence. Allegedly, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [judgment] six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor who died last … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] on Saturday announced a plan to end the country's complete ban on abortions. Bachelet stated in a televised address [YouTube video] that she has sent a bill to Congress that would allow abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A representative of Google signed an agreement [text, PDF] Friday to rewrite the company's current privacy policy in response to pressure from the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) [official website]. The ICO brought an action for breach of privacy [JURIST report] on behalf of more than 100 users of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday criticized [press release] the government of Mexico [official website] for their "failed" investigation of the army in the "enforced disappearance" of 43 students on September 26, claiming that it was incomplete and insufficient, after DNA collected from a mass grave of burned … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested during a police raid of a bathhouse in search of gay men. The raid and ensuing trial were highly publicized, leading many of the charged men to hide their faces throughout the process. The charges [AP report] against the men … [read more]


Student Commentary
10 Jan 2015
by Danielle Ardner of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Danielle Ardner, Valparaiso University Law School, Class of 2016, discusses the lawsuit filed by district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles regarding the safety of Uber ... On Tuesday, December 9th, district attorneys from San Francisco and Los Angeles filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Uber, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday implored [letter] US President Barack Obama [official profile] to press Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto [official profile] on human rights concerns during his upcoming meeting with the leader. The letter detailed egregious human rights accusations such as the disappearance of 43 … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2014
by Clarence Leatherbury of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Clarence Leatherbury from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the debate over torture techniques and our nations security... The American public was recently given information about the CIA's torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush Administration, stirring up the debate over whether the torture … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kenya's parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a sweeping new anti-terrorism law after some of its members engaged [YouTube video] in a shoving match that led to blows being exchanged. Those opposed to the bill, citing violations of free speech and other civil liberties, shouted, threw water, and even … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Dec 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authorized and/or facilitated by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Egypt's prosecutor general stated Tuesday that he will appeal the Egyptian court's Saturday decision that dropped charges against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] and dismissed the case [video]. Mubarak, his former security chief Habib El-Adly and six former government aides were being retried … [read more]

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