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Legal News
19 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The House of Councillors [official website], Japan's upper house of parliament, on Saturday approved a measure that allows Japan's Self Defense Forces to deploy troops abroad for the first time since World War II. The legislation passed the lower house [Al Jazeera report] of Japan in July. The law … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Sep 2015
by Craig Martin of Washburn University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Martin, an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law, discusses how the Japan's government's reinterpretation of Japan's constitutional limits on the use of military force will affect the US foreign policies... On August 30, tens of thousands of Japanese citizens demonstrated outside of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, discusses the constitutional questions the US Supreme Court justices are facing when deciding same sex marriage cases ... The case for equal marriage is the case of Constitution, tradition and time. We witnessed during the oral arguments … [read more]

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

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]

Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] licensing regulations imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official website] on tax preparers, holding that nothing within the text of the law or legislative history contemplates such a vast … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Dec 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, as its new government matures, Iraq must address critical issues left ambiguous in the initial constitution if it desires to remain revelavant and united ... UN officials have recently reported that sectarian based execution style … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official websites] unfairly scrutinized tax-exemptions for conservative groups. The agency initially singled out groups with applications containing the names "Tea Party" or "Patriots," but expanded … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabor Halmai of Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest says that the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary undermines several constitutional rights and implicates the entire scheme of constitutionalism in Hungary...On February 26, 2013, Hungary's Constitutional Court issued a ruling striking down the law granting official designation … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Nov 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Chibli Mallat of the Yale Law School says that a recent decree issued by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is unconstitutional and must be struck down by the judiciary in order to preserve the country's democratic revolution...I (Hammurabi, Pharaoh, president, speaker, street cleaner, seventh-year student at your local … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Anna Dwyer, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the seventh article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. She argues that the Florida state courts have misinterpreted a statute which affects … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Seth Barrett Tillman of the National University of Ireland Maynooth Department of Law argues that if the US Constitution is ambiguous regarding whether it is possible to serve both as a congressman and vice president, then Paul Ryan should not be withheld from holding both positions, if … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the likely outcome of the withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq is a backslide into sectarian violence resulting in the split into smaller states based on ethnoreligious geography...The official drawdown of US forces in Iraq yesterday, December … [read more]

Student Commentary
4 Nov 2009

Kristine Long, Pitt Law '11, and Joseph Schaeffer, Pitt Law '12, attended the 18th Annual McLean Lecture on World Law, Nationalism, Constitutionalism and the Future of the European Union, presented by Sir David Edward at the University of Pittsburgh...Kristine Long Rather fortuitously, I was able to go with Professor Ron … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan President Ali Asif Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website] filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday, asking the court to review its February decision [JURIST report] banning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] called on Pakistan to restore judicial independence in comments to AFP Wednesday, saying that an independent judiciary is just as important as free elections to a democracy. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf dismissed 14 Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Apr 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Moeen Cheema, professor of Law & Policy at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan, says that following the removal of Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry concrete constitutional reforms are needed to guarantee the independence of the Pakistani judiciary ... The protest movement spontaneously initiated … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 Mar 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Anthony D'Amato of Northwestern University School of Law says that creating an independent multi-ethnic state in Kosovo would almost certainly be a human rights disaster for the 200,000 Serbs living there... The United States is on the verge of pushing a resolution through the UN Security Council … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Oct 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Chibli Mallat, visiting professor at Princeton University and the EU Jean Monnet Professor in Law at St. Joseph's University in Beirut, Lebanon, says that Iraq's constitutional response to pluralism may yet make it an example to the world... Criticism of post-invasion Iraq has become a cottage industry; … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2006

JURIST Guest Columnists Victor Hansen and Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law say that the President's stretching of US military resources close to the breaking point in Iraq raises a constitutional issue demanding Congressional intervention ... Recently, much attention has been paid in the media to the legality … [read more]

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