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Professional Commentary
2 days ago
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday condemned [press release] the reinstatement of Nigeria's senior military general, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who is alleged to have actively participated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees at the Giwa barracks detention center in March 2014. The major general was said … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

An Indiana legislative committee approved a bill [SB 344] Wednesday that would repeal the controversial religious freedom law [SB 101] passed last year [JURIST report] that allowed businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. The Senate Rules committee voted 7-5 to approve the bill, which will grant civil rights … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday stressed [official statement] the importance of education to prevent new genocides, speaking at an event acknowledging the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The Secretary-General spoke at an event at UN headquarters in New York … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [SCOTUSblog materials] that equitable tolling does not apply to the presentment of a tribe's contract claim. The Menominee Tribe contracted with the Indian Health Service (IHS), under the terms … [read more]


Student Commentary
20 Jan 2016
by Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the ninth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Prager discusses the influence of the upcoming decision from NLRB regarding student athletes... The "student-athlete" … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the government of Myanmar on Sunday to release all remaining prisoners currently being held for political and religious violations. The National League for Democracy Party (NLD) [official website, in Burmese], which won in a national election [JURIST report] last November, has … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] said [press release] Tuesday that approximately 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school, further threatening the future of their societies. Nearly one in four children between the ages of six and 15 in conflict are out of school. South Sudan has the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US House of Representatives [official website] approved legislation [HR 3231] Monday that would expand rights of unpaid interns in the federal government. Currently, unpaid interns are not classified as employees, leaving them unprotected from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act [text]. This bill only involves unpaid interns in the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the First Amendment rights of public teachers who do not wish to pay union fees. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association [transcript, PDF] the court must decide whether public employees who have opted out of … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Jan 2016
by Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Matthews of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the eighth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Matthews discusses discriminatory No Promo Homo laws... The US Supreme Court recently decided in favor … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

South Korea and Japan agreed [press release] on Monday to a final resolution on the issue of "comfort women" [BBC backgrounder] who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida admitted responsibility on behalf of the Japanese government and pledged one billion … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday announced [UN report] that, in response to the unique prejudice and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face, it has implemented a new effort [press release] to train humanitarian workers on the protection of minority rights. The … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [order] Tuesday that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited under a law that protects gender-based discrimination. The order pertains to the motion to dismiss brought by Pepperdine University challenging two female students' claims that … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The youngest participant in the violent 2012 Delhi gang rape which lead to the death of the victim was freed [BBC report] from jail Sunday after serving a three year sentence. The rape, on a moving bus, gathered international attention in 2012. A petition to extend the man's sentence was … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

The Japanese Supreme Court [official website, in Japanese] ruled Wednesday that a law requiring married couples to have the same surname is constitutional. The lawsuits were filed [Japan Times report] on behalf of women who claimed the law amounted to gender discrimination because it caused undue emotional stress and sometimes … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC discusses how technology can help with disparities in justice...The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. This has major implications for how justice is defined. The rich can afford big law firm prices, while the poor can qualify for … [read more]

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