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Legal News
9 hours ago
by Taylor Isaac

The international Venice Commission, a branch of the Council of Europe [official websites], began an investigation [press release] Monday into Poland's recent changes to its Constitutional Court [official website, in Polish]. The review was requested by Polish officials after the change in law in December resulted in street protests and … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Emelina Perez

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on Friday called for an end [press release] to conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid which may have led to human rights abuses and violations of international law. … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday sent a letter [text] to Guinea Prime Minister Mamady Youla, urging him to ensure that any government oversight on telecommunications respects individual privacy. On January 6, 2016, the Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (APRT) [official website, in French], Guinea's telecommunications regulator, … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Friday urged nations affected by the Zika virus to review their laws and allow women access to contraceptive devices and abortion [press release]. The commissioner reported that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is linked to a condition involving … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda [official profile] approved a new law on Thursday that grants the government [press release, in Polish] greater access to digital data and broader use of surveillance for law enforcement. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) [party website, in Polish], which won a parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] stated Wednesday that he plans to ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution [press release] if the state prohibits lethal injections. States access to execution drugs has been hindered as a result of companies … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday stressed [official statement] the importance of education to prevent new genocides, speaking at an event acknowledging the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The Secretary-General spoke at an event at UN headquarters in New York … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Tuesday that Burundian authorities failed to provide entry [press briefing] to independent rights experts dispatched by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the nation. The team, composed of two Special Rapporteurs for … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [opnion, PDF] Tuesday that part of an abortion law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who provide abortions is unconstitutional. Section A(2)(a) of Act 620 [text, PDF] mandates that a doctor have hospital admitting … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the president's National Security Council (NSC) [official website] is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website]. The appeals court denied an appeal from Main Street, a group at the City … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Musacchio v. US [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that sufficiency of the evidence appeals should not be based on the elements in an erroneous jury instruction, but rather on the elements of the crime charged. Musacchio was found guilty of unauthorized … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that he is creating the first high-level panel to address women's economic empowerment initiatives. The panel's goal is to create a plan of action for nations and private sector businesses to implement in order to improve women's rights by achieving … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) [official website] forces and Kurdish militias are committing mass destruction in northern Iraq that may amount to war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Tuesday. AI claims that the KRG is leading an operation to burn, bomb and bulldoze homes … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A German court on Monday announced that Hubert Z, a 95-year-old German man accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people at Auschwitz, will stand trial next month. Because of Germany's privacy laws Hubert Z's last name has not been released, but it is known that … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the ACLU of Louisiana [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint] on Thursday against the New Orleans Public Defenders Office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board [official websites] due to the lack of available public defenders for individuals with no … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an employer may monitor an employee's private communications when the communications are transmitted with the employer's Internet and hardware. The applicant, Bogdan Barbulescu, was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company … [read more]

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