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Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Cyprus [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment, DOC, in Greek] Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rikkos Erotokritou should be impeached for his inappropriate actions when he accused Attorney General Costas Clerides [official website] of bribery during a nationally televised press conference in April. The court concluded … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Two independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday offered support for recent measures [press release; UN backgrounder] by India and China to limit the use of the death penalty. In August, the Law Commission of India … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Sep 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC discusses the intricacies of the definition of family in the international human rights arena and what this means for LGBTI people, women and children...A significant development in the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council was the passing of a deeply controversial resolution … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by João Gonçalves of University of Lisbon

JURIST Guest Columnist João Gonçalves of the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculty of Law discusses the advantages of VAT for an economic system... Europe may seem the worst class of students for the US to find for fiscal lessons, but as the necessity for a new revenue strengthens and a call … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty [press release] to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]

Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report [Xinhua report] released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [BBC backgrounder] for a first reading Monday. According … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release] to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Argentine federal judge Ariel Lijo on Friday charged [text, in Spanish] Amado Boudou with bribery and abusing his position in negotiations with the objective of obtaining benefits for himself and others. Boudou is accused of conducting business incompatible with Articles 256, 258 and 265 [text, in Spanish] of the … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Authorities in Ecuador [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday announced, via Twitter [status post], the issuance of an arrest warrant for former president Jamil Mahuad on the grounds that he allegedly misappropriated public funds during the late 1990s. Interior Minister Jose Serrano stated that a "red notice" had been issued by … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [official statement] before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee [official website] with respect to the proliferation of virtual currencies [CNBC backgrounder], which, he asserts, have created new avenues for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activity. … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Wednesday fined [press release] eight international financial institutions €1.7 billion for having engaged in illegal cartels. They were all involved in cartels relating to interest rate derivatives. Some participated in a cartel that was denominated in euro currency while some participated in … [read more]

15 Nov 2013

Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, the federal courts questions pertaining to various religious practices … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] disclosed in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] on Wednesday that it is being investigated by both the civil and criminal divisions of the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California (EDC) [official website] over sales … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] on Wednesday announced his plan for a nationwide referendum [transcript; press release] on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union (EU) [official website] following the country's next election in 2015. Though Cameron stressed reluctance to leave the EU altogether, … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve [official websites] are expected next week to issue a cease-and-desist order to JPMorgan Chase & Co. [official website] to improve its systems and procedures for monitoring transactions and risk. While It is not yet expected that … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that HSBC Holdings [corporate website], one of the world's largest banking institutions based in the UK, and HSBC Bank USA [corporate websites], a federally chartered banking corporation based in Virginia, have agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion to … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A UN official on Thursday released a report indicating that the government of Iran is torturing human rights activists and threatening the activists' families with rape or death. In a report to the UN General Assembly [official website] UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed declared … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Wednesday rejected a preliminary injunction [judgment, in German; press release, in German] to halt the implementation of the the 500 billion euro (USD $632 billion) European Stability Mechanism (ESM) [text, PDF] and the fiscal compact, but imposed a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Branson of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the trend of hiring independent corporate investigators and monitors, as exemplified by the most recent investigation into The Pennsylvania State University, has become overly expensive and fails to bring about greater accountability...I take no position … [read more]

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