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Academic Commentary
5 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
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thailand's military government on Friday blocked the launch of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] on the Vietnamese government's persecution of an ethnic minority, citing concerns for international security and the country's relationship with Vietnam. The launch was scheduled to take place at the Foreign Correspondents … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [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]


Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday expressed [UN report] disappointment in the inability of Member States to reach an agreement on a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, according to a UN spokesperson. The spokesperson released a statement [press release] at the conclusion of the 2015 Review Conference of … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday sentenced [press release] 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) announced on Friday the completion of the first draft of a potential constitutional charter and its submission to an advisory council for review. The new document would replace the one voided nearly a year ago by military coup and could be ratified as … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Cairo criminal court on Wednesday jailed the former chief of staff of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] following his conviction for abuse of power. Refaa al-Tahtawi was sentenced [AFP report] to a three-year jail term and ordered to pay a USD $9,000 fine after being convicted … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Monday rejected the appeals of two Australians on death row for drug smuggling. The two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are known leaders of the Bali Nine [Guardian backgrounder] narcotics organization. They filed appeals [JURIST report] after President Joko Widodo [BBC profile] rejected their … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] China's former national security chief Zhou Yongkang [BBC profile] was charged [press release, in Chinese] with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets on Friday, making him the highest-ranked official [NYT report] to be charged with political corruption in decades. Zhou was the head [BBC report] of the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Turkish Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press conference [transcript] Monday that the Chinese government is proceeding in its review of revisions to the controversial draft counter-terrorism law despite recent reports that China had suspended such talks [Reuters report]. Hong stated that the law will be "made … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday requested assistance [press release] from the UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] in the forced extradition of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [NYT backgrounder], who is facing charges of genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict [HRC backgrounder]. In asking the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Monday in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that Amtrak [official website], the publicly funded railroad service, is a governmental entity. However, the court remanded to US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese efforts against corruption have led to the conviction and investigation of 14 generals for corrupt financial practices, according to a Monday announcement. Chinese military prosecutors released a notice on Monday, inculpating military personnel of various levels and notoriety in serious legal violations and criminal offenses. Military corruption had … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott [official profile] on Monday announced a plan [press release] to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis [official profile] of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] decided on Thursday that American Express' practice of barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another violated the Sherman Antitrust Act [text]. All credit and … [read more]

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