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Professional Commentary
6 days ago
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [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
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the First Amendment rights of public teachers who do not wish to pay union fees. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association [transcript, PDF] the court must decide whether public employees who have opted out of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday on the use of racial preference in undergraduate university admissions. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [transcript, PDF] the court must decide whether the University of Texas at Austin (UT) may continue considering race as … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional [decision, PDF, in Spanish] a resolution by the Parliament of Catalonia [official website, in Catalan] that proposed a plan for the region's independence from Spain by 2017. The resolution was approved [JURIST report] by Catalonian lawmakers in November, and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday suspended [press release, PDF, in Spanish] Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession [JURIST report] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Parliament of Catalan [official website, in Catalan] on Monday approved [press release, in Catalan] a proposed resolution to begin separation from Spain. The measure passed with 72 votes in favor of the resolution and 63 against and established that the Parliament would have a "constituent process, citizen participation" … [read more]


Student Commentary
4 Nov 2015
by Evan Jaffe of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Evan Jaffe of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the fourth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Jaffe discusses whether economic and social class can replace race in the university admission process … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Parliament [official website] voted 342-274 on Thursday to approve [press release] a resolution encouraging its member countries not to extradite Edward Snowden [BBC profile] to the US. In an affirmative act passed by a vote of 285-281, Parliament also called upon its member states to drop all criminal … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three Kansas death penalty cases Wednesday. In two cases titled Kansas v. Carr [transcript, PDF], the court must determine whether the Eighth Amendment [text] right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Justice of Catalonia summoned Catalonia, President Artur Mas [official website, in Catalan] on Tuesday over his involvement in the 2014 independence referendum [JURIST report]. Mas has been accused of civil disobedience, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power. Mas is scheduled to appear in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mexican authorities captured high-ranking drug cartel member Gildardo Lopez Astudillo Wednesday, alleging that he is connected to last year's disappearance of 43 college students in Guerrero. National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia [official Twitter, in Spanish] confirmed the arrest [El Sol de Mexico report, in Spanish] of the suspect, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed[press release] a report [text, PDF] pertaining to the enforced disappearance, torture and executions of students from Ayotzinapa in the Mexican state last year. Last week the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] called upon Mexico to address … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday called for [HRW report] Mexico to address the failure of its investigation into the disappearance of 43 students from a teacher's college in Ayotzinapa, Mexico last September. HRW argues the Attorney General's Office [official website, in Spanish] should investigate claims of abuse and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Monday said [AI report] the discovery of 129 bodies in the southern state of Guerrero "confirms what we had already found: the sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking." The 129 bodies were … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal … [read more]

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