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Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ordered [press release, in Spanish] a school and teacher to compensate a student for their role in bullying, ruling that the teacher encouraged it. The private school, known as Universal Truth and Science Institute, and the teacher have … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus [official website], announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims [Reuters report] that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer Lawrence, referring to the hacked … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion] 5-2 Tuesday that a criminal cyberbullying statute enacted by the Albany County Legislature [official website] violated the First Amendment. The defendant, a 15-year-old high school student, was criminally prosecuted under the law after he "anonymously posted sexual information about … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Maine Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a school violated Maine's Human Rights Act [text; GLAAD backgrounder] when it refused to allow a transgender fifth-grader, Nicole Maines, to use the girls' bathroom. Maines had been using the girls' bathroom throughout elementary school until the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Britain's High Court [official website] ruled on Thursday that Google [corporate website] can be sued by British citizens in the UK despite Google's arguments that the case does not fall under British jurisdiction. The company is being sued for breach of privacy [UK Independent report] by over 100 users … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law & Policy criticizes a California law regarding bathroom choice in public schools...California's latest foray into radical psycho-social experimentation with children is AB 1266, known as the "bathroom bill." Unless stopped by a popular referendum effort, AB 1266 will go … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. Whether … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed a bill into law on Monday intended to protect transgender public school students throughout the state. AB 1266 [text] amends the state's education code to specifically prohibit public schools from discriminating on the basis of gender identity and gender expression and allow … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The upper house of Japan's National Diet, the House of Councillors [official website] on Friday gave final approval to legislation aimed at combating bullying [JURIST news archive]. The law defines bullying that causes serious mental or physical harm as "serious." Under the new legislation, schools must report serious cases … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called on [press release] Cambodia's donors to oppose a land titling campaign created by Prime Minister Hun Sen, alleging that it lacks accountability and transparency and is prone to abuse. Hun Sen announced on Monday that the program will be suspended … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday dissmissed [opinion] a copyright infringement lawsuit by Viacom against Google's YouTube [corporate websites]. Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, MTV and VH1, was seeking $1 billion in damages as well as an … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Perry A. Zirkel of Lehigh University says the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' latest "Dear Colleague" letter, like its predecessor concerning bullying, serves primarily as a public reminder and reinforcement of a current priority rather than an expansion of legal requirements....On January 25, 2013, … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The French data protection agency Commission nationale de l'nformatique et des libertes (CNIL) [official website] said Monday that EU data protection agencies intend to take action [press release] against Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and investigate the Internet company's failure to comply with EU privacy laws. In October, … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of three Google [corporate website] executives for violating Italian privacy laws by posting a video on Google of a handicapped child being bullied. Google was "delighted" [AP report] to see the convictions overturned and uncertainty over the effects of Italian … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the first state in the US to ban professional psychological conversion … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sapphire Jule King of the International Freedom Coalition argues that states need to enact comprehensive legislation to protect the homeless...Rhode Island's Homeless Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, makes history by protecting individuals and families experiencing homelessness from discrimination. However, the landmark legislation [PDF] fails … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Incidents of hate-based murders against LGBT individuals in the US increased in 2011, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The annual report, entitled "Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-affected Communities in the U.S. in 2011," found that 30 … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] the government's broad reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) [text]. This decision directly contradicts the rulings of three other appeals courts that did allow for a broader reading of the … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] The Kansas House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [HB 2384; PDF] Wednesday that prohibits a governing body from passing a law that would infringe on an individual's right to religion, which some suggest is a guise to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill is commonly known as … [read more]

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