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Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, warned [press release] Monday that the increasing polarization of the political parties in Cambodia is reaching a breaking point. Smith is concerned about the possible human rights implication of the polarization. She said that "elected … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was removed as a member of the country's National Assembly [official website] on Monday, paving the way for his arrest in connection with a defamation case following his return from South Korea. The National Assembly's standing committee approved [press release, in Cambodian] Rainsy's arrest … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] urged greater protection for journalists' rights [text] and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists [official website] on Monday. Ban noted, "[m]ore than … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Israeli Parliament on Thursday passed a new law [press release] that will ban journalists from expressing their opinions on the county's public broadcasting network. The new public broadcast law passed by a vote of 25-18. The law states [AP report] that journalists should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Google filed a response Thursday to the European Commission (EC) [official website], rejecting EU antitrust charges that Google structures its search results to favor its own services over those of rivals. The EU's investigation [press release] of Google over various antitrust violations has been ongoing since 2010. The EU … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Thai court on Monday indicted British labor rights activist Andy Hall for making false statements in a report [text, PDF] he co-authored that alleged sever labor abuse issues in Thailand's food industry. Natural Fruit, the company at the center of the dispute and the target of Hall's labor … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit brought on by the Thai Royal Navy [official website] against the website Phuketwan over a report it published claiming the military ignored refugee trafficking from Myanmar in exchange for monetary bribes. The report was originally published in Reuters [media website] in … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A Singapore court on Monday released sixteen-year-old video blogger Amos Yee [YouTube profile], who had been jailed after posting images and video insulting the country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew [BBC backgrounder]. The court released Yee after sentencing him [Straits Times report] to four weeks in prison, time he … [read more]


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

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
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday initiated [press release] antitrust proceedings against Google [corporate website] accusing the company of utilizing their dominant position in the search engine market to hurt competitors. The commission sent Google a Statement of Objections, which describe how the search engine company has negatively … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste [BBC backgrounder] laws. Chansuksai was arrested [Reuters report] for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej [BBC profile] in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed [Bangkok Post … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Thailand Supreme Court [official website, in Thai] announced Thursday that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] will stand trial for negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. The hearing will take place [CNN report] May 19, and she could face up to 10 years in prison if … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Thai court issued a four-year prison sentence to 15 members of the political group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts [official blog], on Thursday, following a conviction for inciting riots in 2009. The Red Shirts are a political group that supports former … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law [BBC report]. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A federal judge for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] a class action suit against Google [corporate website] for allegedly monopolizing search engines in Android phones. The plaintiffs in the case were two customers who purchased Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and sought to … [read more]

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