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Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the president's National Security Council (NSC) [official website] is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website]. The appeals court denied an appeal from Main Street, a group at the City … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released its ruling [opinion] that the US government may keep secret memoranda related to the legal justification for the use of drones for targeted killings of those in other countries believed to be involved in terrorism. Though … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Wednesday vetoed [veto message, PDF] a bill that would have banned individuals from flying drones lower than 350 feet over private property without permission from a landowner. The stated purpose of the bill was to protect privacy rights of landowners from unforeseen … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Rights Watch (UK) [advocacy website] commenced a legal proceeding [press release] against the government on Tuesday, seeking the publication of legal advice the government claims provided justification for a Syrian drone strike that killed three, including two British citizens. Director of Rights Watch (UK) Yasmine Ahmen commented that there … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] California lawmakers on Monday approved two bills intended to regulate drones. The Assembly voted 43-11 in favor of a bill [SB 142] that would make it a crime to fly a drone over private property without permission. The Senate voted 40-0 to approve a bill [AB 856] targeted a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The families of two Yemeni men who were killed by US drone strikes filed a lawsuit [complaint] Sunday against the US claiming that the men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, were "innocent bystanders" who were wrongfully killed. The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary relief, states … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded [PTI report] that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response [Express Tribune report] to anti-drone activist … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring thousands more. In retrospect, this was … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The United Nations General Assembly [official website] on Thursday adopted three draft resolutions to reinforce the UN's emergency humanitarian response. The drafts were adopted without a vote, and they concerned international cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, emphasizing the civilian character of humanitarian relief and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill [text] infringes on human rights [press release]. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron [official profile] to Parliament [official website] last Wednesday [official website], proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Christina Alam

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights [press release]. In his report [text, PDF] to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] raised … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website; JURIST news archive] on Sunday vetoed a bill [text] that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating [Reuters report] that … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounder] endorsed a new law to better combat evolving terrorist [JURIST news archive] threats, state media reported Wednesday. The law, a revision of the country's nearly 10-year-old counter-terrorism law, would introduce new security measures to counter such crimes as attacks … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US military systematically covered up or disregarded "abundant and compelling evidence" of war crimes in Afghanistan, Amnesty International (AI) [advocay website] reported [PDF] Monday. The report, entitled "Afghanistan: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international military operations in Afghanistan," examines the record … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Aug 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Ground combat engagements have surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the most common cause of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. The report states that in the first six months of 2014, 1,901 civilian casualties, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Jun 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses some of the possible implications of the Supreme Court's recent decision on cell phone searches ... In one of the most significant Fourth Amendment rulings ever handed down by the Supreme Court, all nine justices agreed in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The use of lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones [JURIST backgrounder] poses a risk of putting the US on a "slippery slope" to perpetual war, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] published Thursday by the Stimson Center [advocacy website]. From a one-year extensive study, the report … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released a previously secret government memo [text, PDF] outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki … [read more]

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