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Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]

Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina announced on Sunday that he has no plans to resign, despite accusations of corruption from the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) [official website] and widespread protests in the nation calling for his resignation. Perez Molina and about 30 other government officials … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Court [official website, in French] decided [judgement, PDF, in French] Friday that a new billing allowing for broad surveillance of terrorism suspects does not violate the country's constitution. The bill [No. 2669, in French] was proposed before the most recent terrorist attacks but officials stated that the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and FBI [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that a joint effort between law enforcement agencies across 20 countries has led to the seizure and shutdown of the online forum Darkode which provided a marketplace where cybercriminals could buy and … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] France's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday that the man who allegedly beheaded his boss, pinned the severed head on a fence post and tried to blow up an industrial plant will be charged with terrorism and murder. The announcement [Reuters report] by Prosecutor Francois Molins came after the investigation … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website, in French], the lower house of parliament, approved Bill relating to Intelligence (No. 2669) [text, in French] on Tuesday, which would allow authorities to increase surveillance of anyone linked to terrorism investigations without permission from a judge. The bill authorizes [Guardian report] intelligence agencies … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST [FAQ] was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award [awards website] as the best Law website of 2015. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences [professional website], the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act [text] are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles reportedly fired [Reuters report] three city employees on Thursday after an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] exposed racist e-mails and racially disparate police practices in the city. One of the employees was a former City Court Clerk [AP report], … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday refused to reinstate [order list, PDF] the appeal of Bobby Chen in his legal dispute with the city of Baltimore. Chen has been fighting city officials for years on a claim that the city illegally demolished his house. Without the help … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Rights groups called Friday for urgent action to protect private calls and online correspondence after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. Edward Snowden allegedly leaked documents [AP report] to The Intercept [report], an online news source, claiming the … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that the UK's mass surveillance of citizens' Internet use violates humans rights law. The IPT's purpose is to review complaints related to UK intelligence agencies, but the body is secretive. The IPT specified that the Government Communications … [read more]

Student Commentary
18 Jan 2015
by Anjelica Violi of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Anjelica Violi, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses the education of men and boys on female equality ...In the last six months the UN has gained newfound attention with its strong efforts to perpetuate the education of males on female equality and human rights. This … [read more]

Student Commentary
17 Jan 2015
by John Acosta Jr. of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist John Mario Acosta Jr., Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses and evaluates several methods of force used by police ... Throughout recent history police officers have been scrutinized for the things they do. Even today not much has changed. The evolution of technology has brought … [read more]

Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Pauline Wein of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Pauline Wein, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses why sex workers should be paid even though their work is illegal...Suppose your employer fails to pay you for work you have done. The US Department of Labor states that your employer owes you back pay and … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg [JURIST news archive], the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [JURIST news archive], and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC [corporate website]. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Citigroup, Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal inquiry into mortgage-backed securities sold by the bank prior to the country's financial crisis. The deal, which involves one of the largest cash penalties [NYT report] ever paid to settle such allegations, includes [WSJ report] a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Jun 2014
by Joshua Block of American Civil Liberties Union

JURIST Guest Columnist Joshua Block of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses whether colleges and universities should be forced to officially recognize and fund student groups who discriminate... Should colleges and universities be forced to officially recognize—and provide funding to—religious student groups with membership policies that discriminate based on race, … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Attorneys for the State of Utah seeking to overturn a federal court decision that struck down a state ban on gay marriage filed a brief [text, PDF] on Tuesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website]. In December a judge for the US District … [read more]

28 Jan 2014

As part of its 1873 anti-obscenity law, known as the Comstock Act, the US Congress prohibited the interstate transfer of any contraceptive medicines. The Act made the sale or possession within the US of "Articles of immoral Use," such as birth control, and the dissemination of information about birth control … [read more]

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