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Legal News
18 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) on Monday ruled [judgment text] that the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) [text] applies to UK troops serving abroad. The court found that the UK's obligation under the Human Rights Act of 1998 [text], which implemented the ECHR in … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday nominated [WH press release; YLS press release] Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh [professional profile] to be legal adviser [official website] to the Department of State (DOS) [official website]. Koh was touted by Obama as an authority on public and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] US State Department legal advisor John B. Bellinger III [official profile; JURIST news archive],told the Guardian newspaper Tuesday that British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan [JURIST news archives] are not detaining suspected insurgents in those countries due to concerns that the soldiers will be liable for their treatment of … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A US State Department official Tuesday defended the transfer of suspects to foreign countries based on diplomatic assurances that they will not face torture there. Speaking before the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight [official website], Legal Advisor John Bellinger testified [text] that, under the Convention … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 May 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that instead of excusing the Bush administration lawyers who enabled torture as a tool of American policy, we should press for their prosecution and celebrate the efforts of those legal advisors in the Department of Justice, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of State and the Department of Defense testified Tuesday in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official websites], calling for the Senate to ratify five long-postponed treaties that would provide increased protection for civilians during wartime. State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger III … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] At least four White House lawyers participated in discussions about whether the CIA should destroy videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], the New York Times reported Wednesday. It had previously been reported that Harriet Miers, who became White House counsel in 2005, had participated in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Nov 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says official US calls for "clarifying" the Geneva Conventions are part of a ploy to limit their application and enable prisoners to be treated outside the law without inviting culpability for war crimes and torture... State Department … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] US State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger III [official profile] Tuesday called [transcript] for the international community to "clarify" Geneva Convention [ICRC materials; JURIST news archive] rules pertaining to treatment of detained terror suspects. Speaking to reporters at an International Committee of the Red Cross meeting, Bellinger said:Critics have … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for the Children and Armed Conflict Unit Radhika Coomaraswamy [official profile] Tuesday expressed concern about the prosecution of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], saying that prosecuting Khadr for alleged war crimes committed while he was a minor could set a dangerous precedent. Coomaraswamy … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday voted 11-8 in support of a measure that would return habeas corpus rights to terror suspects imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 [S 185 text, PDF], sponsored by Sen. Patrick … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The military judge presiding over military commission proceedings against Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] Monday dismissed all charges [order, PDF] against Khadr, citing a lack of jurisdiction. A Guantanamo Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials] found that Khadr was … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] US State Department Legal Advisor John Bellinger [official profile] told reporters in Brussels Wednesday that European investigations into allegations of CIA misconduct in Europe may dampen intelligence sharing efforts between the US and European countries. He also said that allegations of torture by the CIA [official website] are unsupported … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] US Department of State Legal Adviser John Bellinger [official profile] said Wednesday the US will not honor any request by Italy to extradite CIA agents [JURIST reports] wanted for their alleged role in the February 17, 2003 abduction [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2006
by Robert DeVries

[JURIST] Sixteen Saudis and a Bangladeshi man [DOD press releases] repatriated from Guantanamo Bay earlier this week to their home countries are being detained by their governments. Saudi Arabian authorities say they are holding their nationals in order to investigate whether they have ties to terrorist groups [AP report]. Meanwhile … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense announced [press release] Sunday that it has transferred 17 more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to their home countries for detention or release, bringing the number of detainees released from Guantanamo this year to 114. Seven of the newly-freed detainees have been transferred … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State John Bellinger [official profile] told the Daily Telegraph on Friday that Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees considered an ongoing threat to security will remain in custody indefinitely, regardless of whether there is sufficient evidence to try them before a military … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State John Bellinger [official profile] told the Daily Telegraph on Friday that Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees considered an ongoing threat to security will remain in custody indefinitely, regardless of whether there is sufficient evidence to try them before a military … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] The US Department of State's top legal advisor asked Friday that the UK and other foreign governments to help repatriate detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] rather than calling for closure of the prison. In an interview [excerpt, recorded audio] with the BBC, John Bellinger [official profile] stated … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] As many as 80 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees could face trial before military commissions, a US State Department legal adviser said Thursday. John Bellinger [official profile] also said President Bush will sign Congress' recently-passed [JURIST report] military commissions bill [JURIST news archive], on Tuesday, allowing military commission … [read more]

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