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Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Stoyan Panov of University College Freiburg
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University College Freiburg [German] briefly discusses the criminalization of crimes against humanity in Bulgaria ... In early May 2015 a group of 12 MPs in Bulgaria proposed an amendment bill [Bulgarian] to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria with the purpose … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Former US House Majority leader Eric Cantor has been subpoenaed [text] in a terrorism financing case against Bank of China, media reported Tuesday. Cantor was subpoenaed [New York Observer report] by the Israel Law Center [advocacy website] based on his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [BBC profile] … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Monday found the Jordan-based Arab Bank [corporate website] liable for providing material support to Hamas [official website]. The plaintiffs were 300 victims injured in attacks by Hamas against Israel. The jury found … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of North Korea [JURIST news archive] on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Aug 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jul 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Top Palestinian officials on Friday filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Gaza court public prosecutor Ismail Jabr started legal proceedings over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas and Israel that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Fatou Bensouda [official profile], Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that a preliminary investigation [report, PDF] into North Korean attacks on South Korea did not satisfy the Rome Statute [text] requirements necessary to initiate a full ICC investigation. The preliminary investigation was … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation [Haaretz backgrounder] approved a bill on Sunday that would allow Israel's courts to impose restrictions the president's ability to pardon murderers. The stated purpose of the bill [Haaretz report] is to prevent diplomatic overtures and "prisoner swapping," which is the exchange of hostages or … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday adopted a resolution [text] urging the UN Security Council [official website] to take action against those responsible for documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The council approved the resolution, which expressed "Deep[] concern[] at the systematic, widespread and gross … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Richard Falk [Al Jazeera profile], the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on [press release] the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea Michael Kirby on Monday compared the alleged crimes of the North Korean regime to those of Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge. In February UN human rights investigators released a 372-page report [JURIST report] detailing … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] South African President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile] on Monday stated that the governing African National Congress (ANC) [party website] will not condone political violence. The statement came as 30 of his supporters [eNCA report], three minors and 27 adults, were expected to appear in the Nkandla Magistrate Court for … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A South African court on Tuesday sentenced 20 members of white supremacist group Boeremag [backgrounder] to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years in the nation's first post-apartheid [Cornell LII backgrounder] treason trial. The extremist group is responsible [AP report] for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Articles 5 through 20 of the Rome Statute govern the jurisdiction of the ICC. There are four major factors to consider when assessing the court's jurisdiction. First, the specific crime committed has to fit the definition of one of the four crimes outlined in the statute. Second, the court must … [read more]

Student Commentary
13 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jesse Oppenheim, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, offers legal context to Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent opinion in The Observer...On August 28, word leaked out that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had pulled out of an international summit in South Africa because he refused to share a platform with … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The North Gauteng High Court at Pretoria in South Africa on Thursday convicted of high treason the leader of an extremist group responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Mike du Toit, leader of the white supremacist group Boeremag [backgrounder], has been on trial for nine … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist John Quigley of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law says that although the ICC may be reluctant to investigate the situation in Syria due to the difficult questions the Court would have to address, an investigation should nevertheless be mindful of the circumstances obtaining at … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Landsberg of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law says that the Ninth Circuit will likely uphold its 1997 ruling that Proposition 209, California's ban on affirmative action, is constitutional...Are public interest lawyers in California simply tilting at windmills in their suit to declare … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The South African National Assembly (NA) [official website] passed a controversial state secrets [JURIST news archive] bill on Tuesday designed to protect state secrets related to national security. The African National Congress (ANC) [party website], which holds a majority in the NA, was responsible for pushing the legislation through … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] International Criminal Court [ICC] [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Saturday that the court will launch investigations specifically aimed at three to six individuals for their alleged involvement in post-election violence [JURIST news archive] following last November's elections in the Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder]. Ocampo arrived … [read more]

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