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Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of The Netherlands [official website, in Dutch] on Friday banned [ruling, in Dutch] an online group, "Martijn," that advocates for the legalization of pedophilia. The court held that the dangers of pedophilia are too great to allow the group to continue. This is because, the court … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Friday urge [press release] Moldovan authorities to adopt regulations that allow for greater inclusion for those with disabilities and Romas into society. UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights [official website], Magdalena Sepulveda, recently finished a fact finding mission in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a California State Senator celebrates his state's ban on reparative therapy, and decries a court's injunction to halt implementation of the measure...Consider a medical treatment for minors that caused children to experience depression, guilt, self-hatred and, in severe cases, commit suicide. It would be … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] found Friday that two labor reforms adopted by Greece as part of wider efforts to curb the nation's financial crises were illegal. The Council's non-binding ruling [Reuters report] concerned two measures passed by the Greek government in 2010 at the urging of the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Amnesty International Moldova (AI) [advocacy website, in Romanian] on Monday urged [press release, in Romanian] the Center for Human Rights of Moldova [official website] to assess the constitutionality of a new law that allows chemical castration of anyone found guilty of violent pedophilia. The new law, which took effect … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] The Council of Europe's (COE) [official website] Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Punishment (CPT) published a report [text] Wednesday rejecting the practice of surgical castration [COE press release] as a means of treatment for sexual offenders. In Germany, surgical castration as a means for … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday approved [press release, in Russian] legislation imposing stricter penalties for individuals convicted of sex offenses against minors. The legislation, initiated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive], prohibits probation and sentence deferrals for perpetrators … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The South Korean Ministry of Justice [official website] announced on Sunday that it has enacted a law which allows the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. The bill passed [AP report] in the National Assembly [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] proposed a bill on Tuesday calling for, among other penalties, chemical castration of individuals convicted of sexual offenses against children. The bill, which seeks to deter such crimes, was sent to the State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that President Obama's expressed intent to immunize CIA employees who violated US laws banning torture and cruel treatment while interrogating prisoners breaches the President's constitutional duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" and warrants the … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A recent UK Home Office [official website] report [text part 1, part 2, PDF] prepared for Prime Minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archive] details the country's first increase in crime since the mid-1990s and predicts a massive 25% increase in its prison population over the next five years, according … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2005
by Rachel Felton

[JURIST] Leading Friday's states brief, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled [PDF text] that unused butterfly ballots from the 2000 presidential election can be destroyed as they are not public records. Chief Judge Charles J. Kahn, Jr. wrote that a ballot becomes public record when it is voted, … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international legal news, the continuing dispute over how to remove former Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev [archived profile] has resulted in the postponement of the national elections originally scheduled for June. Akayev signed legal resignation papers Monday [JURIST report] in Moscow, but the Kyrgyz Parliament has not yet … [read more]

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