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Legal News
2 days ago
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] California drought regulators on Tuesday proposed [press release] a first-of-its-kind $1.5 million fine against an irrigation district that allegedly took water illegally. The State Water Resources Control Board [official website], a subset of the California Environmental Protection Agency [official website], proposed the draft Administrative Civil Liability Complaint [notice, PDF] … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [read more]

Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Jun 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, discusses the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's new rules regarding torture...For the past four and a half years, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the "Commission") has been working on … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The government of Peru on Saturday declared a two-month period of martial law in the southern state of Arequipa where residents are protesting the construction of a copper mine. Being under martial law allows police to enter homes without search warrants, as well as to break up protests and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ordered [press release, in Spanish] a school and teacher to compensate a student for their role in bullying, ruling that the teacher encouraged it. The private school, known as Universal Truth and Science Institute, and the teacher have … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday opened an investigation into potential antitrust violations in the e-commerce market with the scope of the investigation including a number of the world's largest technology and search companies. The commission seeks to identify any possible anti-competitive behavior [official press release] that is … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona Rishmawi, head … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Apr 2015
by Griffen Thorne of Loyola University Chicago School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses water use restrictions in the State of California ... On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 [PDF] ("EO"), which mandates gargantuan water-use restrictions throughout the State and which will remain … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early … [read more]

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