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Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A Dominican court on Wednesday blocked a new law that would have decriminalized abortion if a pregnant woman's life was at risk, thus reinstating a total ban on abortion within the country. The Constitutional Tribunal's ruling, which upholds a law from 1884, cannot be appealed [Reuters report]. The new law … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

El Salvador's complete ban on abortion [Penal Code, Chapter 2, in Spanish] negatively affects not only women and girls, but also their families, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [press release] released Monday. The report indicates that woman who suffer miscarriages or complications in the course of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that same-sex couples with children who had been in a union before same-sex marriage was legalized may be granted custodial rights. The case involves parents Charlene Ramey and Kimberly Sutton, who separated two years before the US Supreme … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2015
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday to allow the state to enforce an abortion law [HB 1390 text, PDF] that was declared unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] in … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Anastasia Konina of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in several areas of European law, including consumer law. … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Jan 2015
by Anjelica Violi of Valparaiso University Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Anjelica Violi, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the education of men and boys on female equality ...In the last six months the UN has gained newfound attention with its strong efforts to perpetuate the education of males on female equality and human rights. This … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Young v. United Parcel Service [transcript, PDF] the justices considered whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act [EEOC backgrounder] requires an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations to provide work accommodations to … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Nov 2014
by Pardis Camarda of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Pardis Camarda, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the sixth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Camarda discusses attractiveness discrimination within the Title VII protection against sex discrimination...In light … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Envoys from the US and UK strongly criticized the Egyptian government Wednesday during a session [UPR report documents] of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Remarks by the two nations came during the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [UN backgrounder, FAQ] a regular review process, which all … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Nevada citizens on Tuesday voted to approve the creation of an appellate court in Nevada [amendment text]. Previously, the state's 10 district courts could hear appeals from municipal and justice courts, but the Nevada Supreme Court [official website] was required to hear appeals from cases originating in district courts, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 [texts] went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the right to an abortion is neither … [read more]


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

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]


Legal News
29 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The North Dakota Supreme Court [official profile] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion] an existing state law [text] limiting the use of drugs in abortion procedures. This ruling reversed a previous decision by a district judge, who found that the law violates the state constitution. The state requires a minimum of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Oklahoma District Court judge on Wednesday said that he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on November 1. The lawsuit was filed [JURIST report] by the Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice [advocacy websites] earlier this … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Oklahoma women's healthcare providers on Tuesday filed suit [petition, PDF] in state court stating that Oklahoma's laws restricting non-surgical abortion procedures are unconstitutional. The petitioners claim that Oklahoma House Bill 2684 [text] "is an unconstitutional intrusion on women's reproductive rights that will harm women's health and well-being." The new … [read more]


Professional Commentary
29 Sep 2014
by David Glasgow of New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist David Glasgow, a fellow at the New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, discusses the reasons why the Windsor decision was not based on federalism...Advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage are breathlessly waiting for news from the Supreme Court that a marriage equality case … [read more]

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