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Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007 [NYT report]. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc. [corporate website], seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Working Group [official website] on the use of mercenaries on Tuesday urged [press release] stronger global and regulation of private security companies. The group also called on governments to hold private military and security companies (PMSCs) accountable for all of their international human rights violations. The call … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi [official website], who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries [official website] on Monday urged [press release] governments to implement a binding international agreement to regulate the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs). The working group found that current national legislation insufficiently addresses PMSC activities, due to inadequacies … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced on Tuesday that private security contractors Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Academi [corporate website], agreed to settle [agreement, PDF] several federal criminal charges dealing with export and firearm violations. Academi agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine. The … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A non-profit United Nations [official website] watch group released a report last month criticizing the UN's lack of a comprehensive internal security policy in the face of its own increased reliance on private military and security companies (PMSCs). In producing Dangerous Partnership: Private Military & Security Companies and the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Bailey v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether police officers may lawfully detain individuals incident to a search warrant when those individuals have left the premises before the search warrant could be executed. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that there is no true legal distinction between liberators and occupiers, and that because it does not look like there will be a treaty to distinguish the two soon, mixed tribunals will provide a … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Leila Sayed-Taha, DePaul University College of Law Class of 2012, currently works as a translator for Ace Languages Centre, where she aids asylum seekers at the Immigration Advisory Service. Here she discusses the ongoing issue of immunity as troops withdrawal and private contractors remain, and she examines … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Academi [corporate website], reached a confidential settlement agreement Saturday with survivors and families of victims in a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST report] in the Nisour Square area of Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. A subsequent FBI [official website] investigation revealed … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Tuesday claiming that the increase in the use of private military and security companies raises human rights challenges and should be regulated internationally. Citing the recent use of Libyan civilians to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], Admiral Mike Mullen [official profile], said Tuesday that US troops must be granted immunity in order to remain in Iraq beyond the end-of-the-year deadline. It is up to the Iraqi Parliament to decide whether they still need a US … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries [official website] on Friday proposed international legislation [UN News Centre report] to create mechanisms for prosecuting contractors and mercenaries when they violate the law. The Chairman of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, Jose Luis Gomez del … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A former contractor for Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], was sentenced [press release] Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison for the 2009 shooting of an unarmed Afghan civilian in Kabul. Justin Cannon was convicted in the US District Court for the Eastern District … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Four former security guards for Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], on Monday filed a petition [text, PDF] challenging an appeals court ruling that reinstated a manslaughter case against them. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST report] in the Nisour Square … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a case against four former Blackwater [JURIST news archive] employees involved in the September 2007 shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report]. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] dismissed … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Two former Blackwater [JURIST news archive] contractors were convicted [press release] Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] for their role in the May 2009 shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals and the wounding of a third. Prosecutors alleged … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe Services [corporate website], can proceed in state court. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident [JURIST news report] … [read more]

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