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Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Montgomery v. Louisiana [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a landmark decision banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles should apply retroactively. The Supreme Court reached that decision [JURIST report] in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [SCOTUSblog backgrounders] … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]

Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 Monday in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California court's refusal to enforce an arbitration clause in a contract. In 2008 Amy Imburgia filed a class action lawsuit against DIRECTV over early … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Dec 2015
by James Tugee of University of Pittsburgh
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist James Tugee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the potential impact of major changes to foreign businesses registering in Kenya... Kenya enacted the Companies Act No. 17 of 2015 [PDF] on September 11, 2015, to replace the Companies Act Cap. 486 (1948) [PDF]. Among … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] in The Hague ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between the Philippines and China over parts of the South China Sea. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday on two cases. In Ocasio v. US [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] a conspiracy to commit extortion requires that the conspirators agree to obtain property from someone outside the conspiracy. The … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday grantedcertiorari [order list, PDF] in 13 cases, following its annual long conference Monday. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on a separation of powers issue involving terrorism victims' rights to funds held by the Central … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana [docket], the court was asked [cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama [docket; JURIST report], collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to … [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]

Student Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Anastasia Konina of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in several areas of European law, including consumer law. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2014
by Anastasiia Shtanieva of
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the date of adoption of the Universal Declaration … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court is considering whether the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) [28 USC § 1341] bars federal court jurisdiction over a suit brought by non-taxpayers … [read more]

Professional Commentary
22 Nov 2014
by Dmytro Galagan of VoxUkraine
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Dmytro Galagan, of VoxUkraine, discusses the ongoing natural gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia ...On November 16, 2014, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine (Naftogaz) and OJSC Gazprom (Gazprom) informed that they had filed lawsuits against each other at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). … [read more]

18 Oct 2014
by Kyle Webster

Executive Order - Climate-Resilient International Development (not yet numbered) September 23, 2014 This executive order requires that climate-resilience considerations be integrated into all international development work done by all agencies of the United States government, to the fullest legal extent. Executive Order 13673 - Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces July … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Singapore and Indonesia on Wednesday signed a treaty [press release] establishing their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. According to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website], the agreement is a demonstration [Xinhua report] of how the two countries have been able … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Permanent Court of Arbitration [official website] in The Hague issued a ruling [court documents] Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant … [read more]

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