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Legal News
3 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani man on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, as well as other plans to attack New York City and Copenhagen. Abid Naseer, a 29-year-old extremist who denied any affiliation with al Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] during his … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] on Friday that the constitution does not require the Alberta legislature to enact laws in both French and English. French speakers, Gilles Caron and Pierre Boutet, challenged traffic tickets they were issued in 2003 because the laws and citations were only … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement [text] on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed [press release] concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed [press release] a bill [A4587, PDF] into law Monday that would allow for the administering of edible medical marijuana to sick and disabled children on school grounds without triggering the arrests of parents or educators. The bill, also known as Genny's Bill [backgrounder], was … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he has rejected a request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president cited climate change as the primary reason in which he is not allowing construction of the pipeline, which was proposed … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

German lawmakers [official website, in German] approved a bill [press release, in German] Friday allowing assisted suicide for "altruistic motives" but banning the practice in cases where it is being conducted on a "business" basis. Lawmakers voted in favor of the bill despite fears that it could lead to charges … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Mexico Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled on Wednesday that four members of the nonprofit Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (SMART) [Facebook page, in Spanish] will be allowed to grow and smoke marijuana. This decision marks a significant step [BBC report] in the potential path … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Voters in Ohio on Tuesday rejected a proposal [text, PDF] to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana. The measure would have decriminalized the use of marijuana by permitting retail sale of various marijuana-infused products, allowing those 21 years of age or older to grow up to four flowering … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Nov 2015
by Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Alyse A. Casale of Ave Maria School of Law, discusses the recent Volkswagen scandal where the car maker installed software to alternate the measurement of emission of nitrogen oxide... Is this the end of Volkswagen? Since Friday, September 18, 2015 Volkswagen has been under fire for cheating … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Parliament [official website] voted 342-274 on Thursday to approve [press release] a resolution encouraging its member countries not to extradite Edward Snowden [BBC profile] to the US. In an affirmative act passed by a vote of 285-281, Parliament also called upon its member states to drop all criminal … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] said Friday that a Native Hawaiian election scheduled for November 1 may take place. The election, known as the Na'i Aupuni [advocacy website] election, will allow Native Hawaiians that are registered to vote to elect … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official profile] on Monday signed [press release] legislation [text] that provides terminally ill patients the right to die. Brown stated, "[t]he crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A dozen Pacific Rim nations, including the US, on Monday announced that they have agreed to a historic regional trade pact that links 40 percent of the global economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest such accord in history, will provide uty-free trade [Bloomberg report] on most goods while … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The company that manufactures American Spirit [corporate website] cigarettes is the subject of a new class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF]. The lawsuit, filed by a Florida law firm Wednesday against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and its parent company Reynolds American, Inc. [corporate websites], claims that the company's marketing … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Attorneys for a Maryland transgender inmate said Thursday that their client had won [opinion, PDF] relief under the Prison Rape Elimination Act [text], marking the first such successful challenge. The inmate, Sandy Brown, claimed that guards called her "it" and "some kind of animal" while encouraging her to kill … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The advocate general of the European Court of Justice [official website] proclaimed [opinion; press release, PDF] on Wednesday that the copious amount of EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies violates EU's data protection and rights to privacy laws. The Luxembourg court's advocate general Yves … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Tuesday that it had transferred [press release] Guantanamo [JURIST background] detainee Abdul Shalabi. Shalabi, who likely was a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden [BBC report], was transferred to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a Periodic Review … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Justice June Ross of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta [official website] on Friday ruled that former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr could visit his family in Toronto for two weeks and do so without an electronic monitoring bracelet. Born in Toronto, Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in … [read more]

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