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Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [official profile, in Spanish] announced [press release, in Spanish] on Wednesday the government has begun the process of drafting a new constitution. According to Bachelet the new constitution is necessary because the current version was created during a dictatorship and does not accurately reflect the … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused [JURIST report] of murder, torture, … [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
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation [official website, in French] ruled [Reuters report] that the case should be reexamined, … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] confirmed Saturday the extradition of a US fugitive wanted for a 2002 murder in Colorado. Kurt Sonnenfeld, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cameraman and 9/11 conspiracy theorist, fled [AP report] to Argentina in 2003 after Denver prosecutors charged … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Kenya's opposition coalition, including former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, filed suit on Tuesday challenging the nation's new anti-terrorism law [JURIST report]. The law, signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile] last Thursday, allows security services to detain suspected criminals without charge for up to 360 days and allows persecution … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Nov 2014
by Nathaniel R. Helms of
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applied to a far more reprehensible event that … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder]. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human rights issues … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone [JURIST news archive], the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of workers by … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] expressed concern [press release] Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice of states coercing private … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Spanish lawmakers [official website] on Thursday approved controversial new legal protections for former king Juan Carlos after he lost his total immunity when he abdicated the throne last week. After leaving the throne [JURIST report] for his heir, King Felipe VI, Juan Carlos left himself open to possible legal … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The Spanish government on Tuesday approved [press release] a draft constitutional law that will facilitate the abdication of King Juan Carlos I. Spain's Council of Ministers submitted the proposed law to parliament, requesting that the House and Senate vote quickly on whether to make the draft part of the … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress [official website, in Portuguese] on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens [Amnesty International press release] free speech and peaceful assembly. … [read more]

Student Commentary
27 Mar 2014
by Pavlo Malyuta of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
edited by Emily Osgood

JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of controversial laws and by … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Uruguayan President Jose Mujica [official website, in Spanish] announced on Thursday that his country has agreed with US President Barack Obama to take five inmates at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], reportedly stating that they would be "welcome to work and stay with their families in Uruguay." Obama is attempting … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Feb 2014
by Ibrahim Saleh of University of Cape Town
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Ibrahim Saleh of the University of Cape Town says that a wide array of problems are currently plaguing Egypt and are severely hampering the nation's development...The fear and mistrust that result from violence and crisis limit people's perception of their political community and contribute to a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Cope of Georgetown University Law Center argues that the crisis in South Sudan suggests that the international community might consider refocusing more of its attention on the role of constitutional structure ...Experts disagree about the biggest source of the current crisis in South Sudan. They cite … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the international standard. HRW's report … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile]. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved [BBC report] in the suppression of political … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Spanish government must do more to provide information on the whereabouts of individuals who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] and the Francisco Franco regime, experts from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] demanded [press release] Monday. The working group compiled … [read more]

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