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Professional Commentary
5 hours ago
by Anneke Meerkotter and Graeme Reid of Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnists Anneke Meerkotter of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch discuss how recent court rulings in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia illustrate significant progress in human rights in general and in LGBT rights in particular... In the past eight months, three African court … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 hours ago
by David A. Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom

JURIST Guest Columnist David A. Cortman, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, discusses the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert... 

The government is relatively good at some things: protecting its citizens through police and fire departments, collecting and spending money (sometimes too good) and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 days ago
by Peter J. Hammer of Wayne State University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner and rights for transgender individuals...Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. Call Me … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

The US Third Court of Appeals [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] one of two criminal charges filed against former Texas governor Rick Perry last year.The court stated that the coercion of a public servant [Texas Penal Code Chapter 36] charge Perry had faced infringed upon his constitutional right … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Arab Emirates (UAE) [official website, in Arabic] on Monday issued Law No. 2 for 2015 to prevent discrimination and intolerance based on religious and ethnic backgrounds. The legislation bars discrimination [WAM report] based on religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin and punishes violation with … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [text] against United Parcel Services, Inc. (UPS) [official website] for their discriminatory employment policies. The complaint alleges that UPS's employment policies have violated Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] and county officials in Phoenix on Wednesday agreed to settle [press release] parts of a discrimination lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [official website] in 2012. The DOJ filed charges against the Sheriff's Office for discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Germany's Lüneberg District Court [official website, in German] on Wednesday sentenced 94-year-old man dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz" to four years in prison for his role in the killing of 300,000 people. Last week prosecutors asked [JURIST report] for three and a half years imprisonment for Oskar Gröening for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Wednesday announced new rules [fact sheet, PDF] requiring cities and towns to address racial disparities in their housing practices. The new rules, announced at a press conference in Chicago by Secretary Julian Castro [official profile] of the US Department of Housing and Urban … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Prosecutors have asked for three and a half years imprisonment for Oskar Gröening, who is charged with 300,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder in Auschwitz before the Lüneberg District Court [official website, in German]. Gröening, 94-year-old former S.S. sergeant and Auschwitz guard, has been dubbed [Der … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that the country had certified the citizenship of thousands whose status had been in question for almost a decade. Their citizenship was in question [AP report] based on their Haitan-immigrant-parents illegal entry into the country. As a result, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project [SCOTUSblog materials] that Texas's biggest housing subsidy has been reinforcing segregated housing. The project claimed that even if Texas did not treat minority applicants … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday renewed calls [press release] for womens and girls to be given equal access to education. A discussion panel held by OHCHR said equal educational rights is way to end discrimination against women that is … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] issued a pre-trial order Monday accepting another court's finding of racial profiling by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official profile]. Hearing a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice [official website] (DOJ), US District … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Mexico's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] has declared it unconstitutional for Mexican states to ban same-sex marriages. The court's June 3 ruling, made public this week, is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" [AP report] and does not invalidate any state laws making it necessary for same-sex couples to seek … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday invited [official statement] Yemen President Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi to send a delegation to the UN sponsored Yemen consultation set to begin in Geneva on June 14th. The Secretary General has called on all parties to participate in good faith … [read more]

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