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Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Parliament of Malaysia [official website, in Malay] on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law [BBC backgrounder] banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and called … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed the Argentine government's appeal of a contempt charge in an ongoing dispute over Argentina's bond default in 2001. The contempt charge resulted after Buenos Aires refused to pay two US hedge funds and sought to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] has granted provision release to Moinina Fofana, a former militia leader convicted of war crimes. Fofana was convicted [JURIST report] in 2007 of murder, cruel treatment, pillage and collective punishment for his role in Sierra Leone's civil war and sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Singapore [official website] fined blogger Alex Au of the website Yawning Bread [website] 8,000 Singapore dollars (USD $5,845) on Thursday for contempt of court. Au faces charges over comments he made in 2013 concerning the timing of two cases involving sexual acts between same-sex individuals. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] chief Irina Bokova [official website] on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, stated, "[p]ress freedom is … [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]


Features
17 Jan 2015

After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain information from detainees believed to have had … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday found British journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war [Bangladesh News backgrounder] with Pakistan. Bergman wrote [AP report] in a 2011 blog post and two other articles that the number of those … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Judge Thomas Griesa of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] declared Argentina in contempt of court Monday for the ongoing debt dispute after Buenos Aires refused to pay two US hedge funds and sought to sidestep his court order that forbids the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered a deadline of October 1 [press release] for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to provide a list of documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform [official websites] … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group [party website, in Malay], was charged [Malaysia Star report, in English] with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2014
by Akshat Tewary of Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary

JURIST Guest Columnist Akshat Tewary of the Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary discusses Judicial Independence and Agency Accountability in reference to SEC v. Citigroup... The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a ruling that could debilitate the ability of the judiciary to serve as an independent … [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]


Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Liberian Supreme Court on Friday barred Justice Minister Christiana Tah [official profile] from practicing law for six months, according to Liberia's state radio, after being found guilty of contempt. The ruling cited Tah's decision [AP report] to grant "compassionate release" to journalist Rodney Sieh, who was jailed last … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Monday officially handed over its premises to the Sierra Leone government in its final act of its 11-year existence. The court was created in 2002 by the UN and Sierra Leone's government for the purpose of trying eight former … [read more]


Features
29 Nov 2013

The United Nations established the Tribunal in 1993 to break the institutional impunity of crimes committed against humanity in the midst of the Yugoslav Wars. While the Tribunal declares that in its twenty years it has "shown that an individual's senior position can no longer protect them from prosecution," the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday vacated a contempt order against a state commission for implementing a law ending collective bargaining [text] for most public workers. In a 5-2 decision, the court held that the Dane County Circuit Court erred by holding in contempt the Wisconsin Employment … [read more]

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