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Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] According to a 300-page judicial report [text, PDF] released Thursday, the poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was "probably approved" by President Vladmir Putin [official website]. In his report, Sir Richard Owen noted that Litvinenko's crossings with Putin began during his time working for the KGB where … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Aug 2015
by Bruce Aronson of Hitotsubashi University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Aronson of Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy discusses the controversy surrounding Japanese corporate governance practices...A third-party investigative report released on July 20, 2015, found that Toshiba Corporation had padded its profits by $1.2 billion (1.5 billion yen) over the past six years. The … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

Russia's Federation Council [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday announced [statement, PDF, in Russian; press release, in Russian] it plans to add 12 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to a list of groups that will be investigated for undermining the government. The so-called "patriotic stop-list" includes [RT report] National Democratic Institute for … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [official profile] said Thursday that he had presented documents [press release, in Arabic] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to assist in the investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes. The documents describe the Israel occupation of the West Bank, treatment of Palestinian prisoners, … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A report [text, DOC; materials] released Monday by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict [official website] found that both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during the conflict. The 51 day Gaza Conflict [BBC backgrounder] resulted in widespread destruction and over a … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report [PDF] from the group published by UN Watch [advocacy website] on Friday. The High Level International Military Group … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladmir Putin [official website] signed a law on Sunday that allows for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms deemed "undesirable" on national security grounds to be sanctioned and banned from operation within the country. Further, the term undesirable is open to interpretation and not specifically defined within … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was cleared Wednesday of terrorism offenses by a court in Jordan, and was released from prison. The court found insufficient evidence to convict the 53-year-old cleric of helping to plan a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] announced [press release] on Friday that her 34-member monitoring team in Ukraine has produced a report [text, PDF] showing an "alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country, as well as serious problems emerging … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday expressed grave concern [press release] over the escalating unrest in Ukraine [BBC timeline] that has brought increasing destruction and death to the region. Pillay urged opposition groups to "lay down their weapons" and to work toward a … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on Thursday issued a joint statement [text] on the situation in Ukraine after a Ukrainian military base was attacked in an act of increasing violence between government troops and pro-Russia militias. The statement promises amnesty "to protesters and to those who have … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN) [official website]. As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Mar 2014
by Curtis Doebbler of Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of the Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations argues that while many US lawyers and diplomats have condemned Russia's involvement in Ukraine as a violation of international law, recent practices of states using force against other states suggests that it may be the United … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include [UPI report] allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift [Reuters report] the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch says that the Chinese government must begin to consider the vehement demands of the people to reform...What is the difference between Xi Jinping and Xu Zhiyong? Both talk about fighting corruption, yet Xi is president of China, while Xu is now … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Wednesday, Texas executed [official Texas DCJ website] a Mexican national who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 1994. Controversy grew after the arrest because Edgar Arias Tamayo was not notified of his rights under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [text] to notify Mexican diplomats of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Sujitha Subramanian of the Bristol University School of Law discusses the Indian Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutional validity of a statute effectively criminalizing homosexual acts ...On December 11, 2013, ironically a day after the Human Rights Day, the Indian Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] US prosecutors unsealed on Thursday charges [complaint, press release] it has filed against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members for allegedly conspiring to commit health care fraud [18 USC § 1347]. The complaint, which was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]

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