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

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
17 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Heiner … [read more]


Student Commentary
26 Mar 2015
by B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany of Georgetown University Law Center

JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have closed Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The General Court of the European Union [official website] on Wednesday annulled [press release, PDF; decision] a portion of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework [text] requiring financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be located in the Eurozone. The UK brought the action before the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Stefaan Smis & Derek Inman & Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel

JURIST Guest Columnists Stefaan Smis, Derek Inman and Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, discuss the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Democratic Republic of Congo and urge for the change in national priorities in order to stop impunity and injustice in the country...Over the last two … [read more]


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

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
30 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court [official website] denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution [press release], and that his life would have been … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Nov 2014
by Nathaniel R. Helms of

JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applied to a far more reprehensible event that … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Nov 2014
by Kenneth Englade of

JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth Englade, discusses military justice system in the context of the Haditha incident in 2005 ...Nine years ago this week a squad from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was returning from a routine re-supply mission on the outskirts of Haditha in western Iraq when it … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Oct 2014
by Charles Rhodes of South Texas College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes, of the South Texas College of Law, analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to present one of seven specified forms of picture … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 Sep 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to what they … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the case for transparency in court-martial records equivalent to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, discusses ways to reform the military judicial system...For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have been thrashed by the media, victim interest groups, the civilian and military bars and Congress over military justice issues. Accusations … [read more]


Features
17 Jun 2014

The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 May 2014
by Michael DeBoer of Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael J. DeBoer of the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law discusses the recently passed Women's Health and Safety Act and the challenges facing this legislation... On April 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law the Women's Health and Safety Act [PDF]. Two … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Mar 2014
by Angela Johnson of University of Notre Dame Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Johnson, University of Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014, offers insight into the short per curiam decision in Stanton v. Sims issued by the US Supreme Court on November 4, 2013 which may have created a major hurdle for plaintiffs vindicating constitutional rights via §1983 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Cope of Georgetown University Law Center argues that the crisis in South Sudan suggests that the international community might consider refocusing more of its attention on the role of constitutional structure ...Experts disagree about the biggest source of the current crisis in South Sudan. They cite … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch says that the judicial template adhered to by Iftikhar Chaudhry, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, should not be followed by future jurists...Former Parkistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who retired on December 11, 2013, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law argues that the recent legal challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board is a political question that should not be determined by the court but instead reversed on justiciability grounds … [read more]

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