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Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Sunday that Louisiana must continue to provide Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] clinics for 14 days. Judge John deGravelles's ruling, which was made public [AP report] on Monday, came … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Wednesday that the genetic material, BRCA1 [NCI backgrounder], is not a "patentable invention" under §18(1)(a) of the Patents Act 1990 [text]. Holding [judgment summary, PDF] that allowing the gene to be patented would "involve an extension of the concept … [read more]

14 Sep 2015
by Megan Miller

The Iran Hostage Crisis, which began on November 4, 1979, lasted for 444 days. It began just after the arrival of the Iranian Shah in America, and ended on the day of the inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan. 52 American citizens were held hostage by members of the Muslim … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The California State Legislature [official website] on Friday approved the End of Life Option Act [ABX2-15] by a vote of 23-14. The measure would allow doctors to provide terminally ill patients with and aid-in-dying drug that a patient takes with the purpose of ending his or her own life. … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] California lawmakers on Tuesday ended their legislative efforts to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in the state. The right-to-die bill [SB 128 materials] had been amended several times over the past half year. The law became hotly debated when Brittany Maynard [CNN backgrounder] moved from … [read more]

Legal News
26 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday ordered Serbia's justice ministry to return Vojislav Seselj [JURIST news archive], ailing alleged war criminal, to his detention cell immediately. Seselj had been held in The Hague on charges of leading ethnic Serbs to persecute non-Serbs … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Wednesday cleared a man of all criminal charges for assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide. An important goal of the case was to set further precedents for assisted suicide in the Netherlands [BBC backgrounder], a country where the act is already legal in certain … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]

Legal News
30 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA [advocacy website], … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official profile] signed House Bill 1 [text] on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the US state of Georgia. The approved legislation is effective immediately and allows for patients suffering from cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma and other serious ailments to receive 20 fluid ounces or … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday ordered the provisional release [order, PDF] pursuant to an interlocutory appeal for Goran Hadžic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the former president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] approved a bill [HB 885, PDF] on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal [official website]. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed House Bill 1065 [legislative materials, text] into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website]. The bill, approved by the Senate [JURIST report] last week, … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal [HB 1065 materials] to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval [AP report], thus creating a three-phase process that … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe [official website] on Thursday signed a legislative measure [HB 1445] aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative defense to … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in San Francisco County Superior Court [official website] on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California State Constitution [text] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Feb 2015
by Gregory Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the decision of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to grant provisional release to Vojislav Seselj and its repercussions on international criminal law and transitional justice...The ongoing seven-year debacle that is the trial … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill [text] on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require [Reuters report] two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or … [read more]

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