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Legal News
5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Approximately six million Rwandans on Saturday approved a referendum [Al Jazeera report] by a vote of 98% to amend Article 101 of the Rwanda constitution [text] which states the president may only serve two seven-year terms. The referendum [Telegraph report] will allow President Paul Kagame [offiical profile] to serve … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the display of a prominent cross-shaped war memorial in a public park operated by Prince George County does not violate the Establishment Clause [text] of the First Amendment. The monument, known … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas [official website] ruled [opinion] against Thursday that a nativity scene on Baxter County Courthouse grounds violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA) [advocacy website] on behalf of a Mountain … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] a lawsuit [materials] filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and other human rights organizations challenging surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three Kansas death penalty cases Wednesday. In two cases titled Kansas v. Carr [transcript, PDF], the court must determine whether the Eighth Amendment [text] right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday grantedcertiorari [order list, PDF] in 13 cases, following its annual long conference Monday. In Bank Markazi v. Peterson [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on a separation of powers issue involving terrorism victims' rights to funds held by the Central … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the Fifth Amendment [text] protects the right of insider trading suspects to withhold the passcodes to their business cell phones. Defendants were under investigation by the Securities and Exchange … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Rwanda's Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a case challenging a change to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame [official website] to run for a third seven-year term. The effort to extend the term limit has sparked concern with neighboring African countries as well as the … [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]


Legal News
1 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a six-foot-tall statue of Jesus may remain on US Forest Service land. The Freedom From Religion Foundation [advocacy website] filed the suit claiming that the statue, located atop Whitefish Mountain in Montana, violated … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Court on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a city within the state has no right to pass ordinances restricting where sex offenders can live. The ruling invalidates the "Ordinance Pertaining to Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in the City of Lynn" [text, PDF] which created a zone … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Last week the US Department of Justice [official website] challenged [complaint, PDF] the constitutionality of a Boise, Idaho city ordinance that criminalizes sleeping in public places by the homeless. The federal government's argument [Washington Post report] relies on the fact that everyone needs to sleep and by criminalizing the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2015
by Anneke Meerkotter and Graeme Reid of Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Human Rights Watch
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists Anneke Meerkotter of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch discuss how recent court rulings in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia illustrate significant progress in human rights in general and in LGBT rights in particular... In the past eight months, three African court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in Walker-McGill v. Stuart [docket; cert. petition, PDF], letting stand a decision blocking North Carolina's abortion ultrasound requirement. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] in December affirmed [JURIST report] a lower court … [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]


Legal News
1 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Santa Monica, California, city ordinance [municipal code] prohibiting unattended exhibits in Palisades Park, deciding against the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee [advocacy website]. The committee had been granted a "winter display" exception … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In Glossip v. Gross [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment [text]. The case originated when four death row inmates filed a complaint … [read more]

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