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Academic Commentary
6 days ago
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Monday began hearing a challenge complaint, PDF; Advancement Project materials] to a North Carolina law [HB 589 materials] limiting early voting and same-day voter registration. The lawsuit was brought by the US Department of Justice and … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Thousands gathered across Spain on Tuesday to protest Spain's new public security law that went into effect on Wednesday. The Citizen Security Law [text, in Spanish], labeled as a "gag law" by protesters, sets fines for burning the national flag, protesting outside of parliament buildings, and distributing photographs of … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras on Friday calling for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez [official website, in Spanish] and demanding an independent investigation into his role in an ongoing corruption scandal. Hernandez is accused of [Reuters report] knowingly using money from a $200 million embezzlement scandal at … [read more]

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

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]

10 Jun 2015

The Patriot Act [PDF] was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act itself, approved without amendment and little opposition in the House and Senate, included a provision for a counterterrorism fund, fortified and amended existing government surveillance activities, altered the process for prosecuting certain … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] sent a formal report [text, PDF] to Congress criticizing the Egyptian government for its human rights abuses and lack of movement toward democracy but still supporting sending $1.3 billion to Egypt in mostly military aid. The report, signed by Secretary of State John Kerry … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases Monday. In Shapiro v. Mack [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will hear a challenge to the Three Judge Court Act [28 USC § 2284], which requires the convening of a three-judge district court to decide … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 May 2015
by Mark Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Law

JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in need of addressing … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the Patriot Act [text, PDF] does not authorize the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to collect millions of Americans' phone records. The court found that section 215 of the act did not … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application [text, PDF] to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to formally challenge … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law on Thursday an amended [text, PDF] version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text], which critics argued gave business owners the legal right to deny service based on sexual orientation. The amended legislation states that the religious freedom … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] warned [press release] Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13 [Sudan Tribune report]. The briefing detailed … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] signed a bill [press release] on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] Sunday to reject amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure that would interfere [HRW report] with the rights of defense lawyers to call witnesses during trials. The amendments, which were adopted by the Egyptian … [read more]

21 Mar 2015

Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to - and utilization of - natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to Pennsylvania's long-standing Oil and Gas … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2015
by Eric Berger of University of Nebraska College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Berger, of the University of Nebraska College of Law, considers whether the US Supreme Court is ready to finally invalidate bans on same-sex marriages on the national scale and tries to predict what issues the US Supreme Court would address in such decision ...The US Supreme … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill … [read more]

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