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Legal News
4 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Court [official website, in French] decided [judgement, PDF, in French] Friday that a new billing allowing for broad surveillance of terrorism suspects does not violate the country's constitution. The bill [No. 2669, in French] was proposed before the most recent terrorist attacks but officials stated that the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] France's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday that the man who allegedly beheaded his boss, pinned the severed head on a fence post and tried to blow up an industrial plant will be charged with terrorism and murder. The announcement [Reuters report] by Prosecutor Francois Molins came after the investigation … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website, in French], the lower house of parliament, approved Bill relating to Intelligence (No. 2669) [text, in French] on Tuesday, which would allow authorities to increase surveillance of anyone linked to terrorism investigations without permission from a judge. The bill authorizes [Guardian report] intelligence agencies … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for [text] a worldwide end to all forms of human exploitation. The message, released as part of the UN's World Day of Social Justice [UN report] set for February 20, 2015, calls for a worldwide effort to "not leave behind … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UK on Friday enacted anti-terror legislation to help combat terrorism by curbing the number of British citizens joining Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act [HL Bill 75, PDF] expands the current anti-terror law and includes provisions allowing [WSJ … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] British lawmakers stated in a report [text, PDF] on Monday that the country needs to take action against a rise in anti-Semitism throughout the country. The All-Party Parliamentary [official website] found in particular that there has been a growth of "cyber hate" on various social media websites against the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] made a statement [text] on Monday ahead of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 70 years after the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was liberated. Hussein stated that the world is … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," and "the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] France's top court, the Conseil Constitutionnel [official website, in French] on Friday upheld [text, in French] a decision from 2013 to strip Franco-Moroccan terrorist Ahmed Sahnouni el-Yaacoubi of his French nationality following a conviction for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Sahnouni, a naturalized citizen since 2003, appealed to the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Paris Administrative Tribunal on Saturday upheld a police chief's ban on an "Islamists out of France" rally planned for Sunday. The demonstration, which was organized [AP report] by two groups: Secular Riposte and Resistance Republicaine, was banned because of fears it would cause [AP report] civil unrest. One … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] French police have arrested 54 people for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo [official website, in French] and a kosher supermarket. The French Justice Ministry [official website, in French] has called on [AP … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him €1,800. The conviction [JURIST report] stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A French administrative appeals court ruled [text, PDF, in French] on Thursday, upholding a ban on performance by French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala that was deemed anti-semitic. Dieudonne was appealing the prohibition order issued by courts in Nantes and eight other cities. The court refused to lift the prohibition … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Félix Tréguer, Policy and Legal Analyst at La Quadrature du Net says that waging a "judicial guerilla war" in France on "hateful" Internet content unduly stifles free speech...The ghost of Yahoo v. LICRA has come back to haunt us. In 2000, after a criminal lawsuit was filed … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A French court on Thursday ordered Twitter [social media website] to allow for the identification of authors responsible for recent anti-Semitic messages, as well as to establish a mechanism to alert authorities of illegal hate messages. The lawsuit was brought [RFI report] by the Jewish Students' Union of France … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University Law School says that the global community must engage in a serious debate over the limits of free expression as it applies to the defamation of cultures and religions, and that in order to do so the extremists on both sides … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University Law School says that the global community must engage in a serious debate over the limits of free expression as it applies to the defamation of cultures and religions, and that in order to do so the extremists on both sides … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Vivian Curran of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Armenian genocide law must be viewed in the context of French lois mémorielles, the complex history of France and EU law, noting that the French Constitutional Court will have to carefully balance dedication both … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Jonathan Cohen

[JURIST] Incidents of anti-Semitism [JURIST news archive] in Canada have risen 11.4 percent [text, PDF] since 2008, according to a Wednesday report by B'nai Brith Canada [advocacy website]. The group found that there were 1,264 incidents of anti-Semitic harassment, violence, and vandalism in Canada during 2009. It also said that … [read more]

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