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Academic Commentary
6 Dec 2014
by Philip Leach of Middlesex University

JURIST Guest Columnist Philip Leach, of Middlesex University and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), discusses how the Irish government has urged the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 case Ireland v. UK ...The Irish government announced this week that it is applying to the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Herman of the Brooklyn Law School says that the Second Circuit's Ghailani decision is both novel and disturbing because the court relied on the departure from one principle—detention for the purposes of interrogation—as justification or the departure from another principle—the right to a speedy trial ...My … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF] that the government of Macedonia [official website] is responsible for the torture and degrading maltreatment of a man the ECHR found to be an innocent victim of CIA extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] in 2003. Lebanese German … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A German administrative court dismissed [press release, in German] a lawsuit filed by Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive] seeking the arrest and extradition of 13 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agents whom El-Masri claims kidnapped and illegally detained him in 2003 as part of the Bush administration's extraordinary … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Bush administration urged Germany not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officials involved in the alleged illegal arrest and torture of German citizen Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive] under the administration's extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive], according to a document released Sunday by WikiLeaks [website; … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The EU has failed to hold member states legally accountable for their involvement in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] published Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. In its report, entitled "Open Secret: Mounting … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Suspects detained under Morocco's counterterrorism law routinely face serious human rights violations, including illegal detention and torture, according to a report [text, PDF] issued Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The 56-page report was created following interviews with seven men detained pursuant to the counterterrorism law. The … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] announced Thursday that it will review the involvement [press release] of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in the extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] and torture of Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive] by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] A lawyer from the Spanish National Court Office of the Prosecutor on Wednesday petitioned judge Ismael Moreno to issue arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents who allegedly kidnapped a German citizen of Lebanese descent in 2003 as part of the Bush administration's extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] program. Khaled … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) [official website] rapporteur Dick Marty [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] testified Wednesday at the trial of American and Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST news archive], also known … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive], the German citizen allegedly kidnapped by the CIA in 2003, petitioned [PDF complaint; press release] the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] Wednesday alleging he was tortured by the CIA. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) petitioned the IACHR, an autonomous arm … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing [committee materials] Wednesday on the state secrets privilege in preparation for debate on the State Secrets Protection Act [S 2533 summary], a bill introduced by committee leaders "to enact a safe, fair, and responsible state secrets privilege." The bill, introduced by … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Jan 2008

Sharon Bradford Franklin [Senior Counsel, the Constitution Project]: "The State Secrets Protection Act (S. 2533), introduced this week by Senators Kennedy and Specter, would bring much needed reform to the state secrets privilege. The doctrine has been problematic since it was first recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1953 … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Oct 2007

Aziz Huq [Director, Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law]: "This Monday, the Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari review filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in the case of Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen who had been … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday denied [order, PDF] without comment the petition for certiorari filed by Khaled el-Masri [JURIST news archive] against the US government, ostensibly supporting the Bush administration's contention that allowing el-Masri's lawsuit [complaint, PDF; ACLU materials] to proceed would require the revelation of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A German Justice Ministry official said Saturday that US officials have confirmed that there are no plans to extradite 13 CIA agents wanted in Germany on suspicion of playing a role in the alleged 2003 kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of German national Khalid el-Masri [JURIST news archive]. German prosecutors … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The UK Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] reported Wednesday that it has found no evidence of direct British involvement [report, PDF; press release, PDF] in the operation of extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] flights through UK airspace and said that the United States' lack of regard for … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] German prosecutors said Monday they will seek the extradition of 13 US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agents they believe to be responsible for the alleged 2003 kidnapping and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of German national Khalid El-Masri [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. US State Department Deputy … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive], the German citizen allegedly kidnapped by the CIA in 2003, is suspected of arson at a wholesale market in Germany and has been ordered by a judge to be admitted to a psychiatric institution, according to the German police Thursday. Manfred Gnjidic, El-Masri's lawyer, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2007

JURIST Guest Columnist Aziz Huq, Director of the Liberty and National Security Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, says that the El-Masri v. Tenet ruling represents a dangerous trend in "state secrets" cases towards immunity from litigation at the discretion of the executive... The … [read more]

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