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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 75-year-long policy prohibiting individuals, corporations or firms working under federal contracts from contributing to the campaigns of federal candidates, parties and committees. Plaintiffs in the case, three individuals who have … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] French officials on Tuesday ordered the trial of two senior executives for Uber Technologies [official website] on allegations of maintaining an illegal taxi service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal [LinkedIn profiles], general managers for Western Europe and France respectively, were detained on Monday for alleged violations of a French … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The California Labor Commission [official website] has ruled that drivers for the personal transportation service Uber [official website] are considered employees, not contractors. The ruling, which was handed down on June 3, only became known to the public [Reuters report] on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in state court … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Campbell Ewald Company v. Gome [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The case comes to the Supreme Court on appeal from a Ninth Circuit decision [text, PDF] and presents three issues: whether a case becomes moot, and … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) [official websites] must release photographs [order, PDF] requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] request … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. In … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc. [corporate website], seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi [official website], who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found … [read more]


Features
18 Oct 2014

Executive Order - Climate-Resilient International Development (not yet numbered) September 23, 2014 This executive order requires that climate-resilience considerations be integrated into all international development work done by all agencies of the United States government, to the fullest legal extent. Executive Order 13673 - Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces July … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Monday signed an executive order [text; fact sheet] barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include [USA Today … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] on Monday signed into law legislation concerning spending for the US intelligence community that increases protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers. The bipartisan legislation authorizes [AP report] $564 million in spending over five years and specifies that employees who divulge information about possible … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] erred in concluding [order, PDF] that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama [JURIST news archive] will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure [Reuters report] from the White House's position last year … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jun 2014
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses fully autonomous weapons and their human rights implications... Fully autonomous weapons, which could select and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention, have the potential to revolutionize the nature of warfare, bringing greater speed and reach to military operations. In … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court in Cairo convicted former president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive] Wednesday of embezzling millions of dollars of public money. The court sentenced [NYT report] Mubarak to three years in prison. His sons, Gamal and Alaa, were sentenced to four years in prison for their role … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 May 2014
by Dana Purvis of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Dara Purvis of the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law discusses how salary negotiation presents itself within a marriage and is not only between employer and employee ... April 8 was Equal Pay Day: on average, American women would have to work all of 2013 plus … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Mary Ziegler of Florida State University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of the Florida State University College of Law discusses the Florida Supreme Court's recent decision recognizing that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women ... As JURIST reported, Florida recently joined a handful of states that recognize pregnancy-based bias as sex discrimination when the relevant state … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURST] The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned [NYT report] about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official … [read more]

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