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Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Burkina Faso's military court issued an international arrest warrant on Monday for former president Blaise Compaore [Britannica profile] for the assassination of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. Sankara [BBC profile] was killed along with 12 of his supporters during a 1987 coup that brought Compaore to power. Compaore resigned in October … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Russia's Investigative Committee [official website, in Russian] on Friday, charged [press release, in Russian] former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] with multiple murders and attempted murders during the 1990s according to the Interfax agency. Khodorkovsky is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of a local mayor, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release, in Ukrainian] Thursday that recognizes the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide. On May 18, 1944, under orders from Josef Stalin, more than 180,000 indigenous people were deported from Crimea on the grounds that the Tatar people … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Oct 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... This commentary explores actions lawyers can take to hold signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention accountable for protecting refugee and asylum seekers within or at their borders. The 1951 Refugee Convention … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human rights organizations on Friday criticized the UN Human Rights Council [official website] for passing a resolution [text] on Yemen that does not call for an independent international war crimes investigation. The Netherlands, backed by other Western countries, had proposed the UN inquiry resolution, but the Council instead adopted … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Honduran Congressional Vice President Lena Gutierrez [official Facebook page] began her trial Wednesday for her role in the nation's recent medical sale scandal. The charges [El Tiempo report, in Spanish] include falsification of public documents and fraud against the government by drug sales to the Ministry of Health [official … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Features
14 Sep 2015
by Christopher Dellana

After years of prevailing social, political and economic difficulties, the people of Iran deposed their king, elevated a clerical exile to the seat of power and ushered in a new era: this was the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The king, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, was the figurehead for the country's … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The president of Yemen on Sunday backed out of talks arranged by the United Nations (UN) [official website] with Shiite rebels. It was announced [AP report] by his office that there would be no talks until the rebels accept a UN resolution that would require them to remove themselves … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The fighting in Yemen [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] between Huthi militias and anti-Huthi armed groups has indiscriminately killed and wounded civilians with unlawful airstrikes in civilian neighborhoods, according to a report [materials] issued Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. All parties to the conflict have also engaged … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras on Friday calling for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez [official website, in Spanish] and demanding an independent investigation into his role in an ongoing corruption scandal. Hernandez is accused of [Reuters report] knowingly using money from a $200 million embezzlement scandal at … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Madagascar's Parliament voted on Tuesday to remove President Hery Rajaonarimampianina [BBC profile] from office for failing to deliver on promises. The parliament also alleged [BBC report] Rajaonarimampianina has violated the constitution, lacks respect for the government, and that he did not rule out the possibility of dissolving parliament. Rajaonarimampianina … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Three Yemeni officials on Sunday said they were notified that the UN-sponsored peace conference designed to establish peace in Yemen has been indefinitely postponed. The conference was scheduled to begin [Al Jazeera report] on Thursday, and no new date has been set. Sultan al-Atwani, an aide to exiled President … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Features
4 Feb 2015
by Sarah Steers

After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo - a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Jan 2015
by Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the violation of international human rights ... … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday criticized [HRW report] the Ethiopian government, accusing it of systematically restricting media in anticipation of the country's May 2015 elections. The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia," indicates that the country's restriction on … [read more]


Student Commentary
19 Jan 2015
by Yvonne Kwan of University of California Santa Cruz
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist Yvonne Y. Kwan, doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses the politics surrounding the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunals ...Political narratives of pain and suffering are most often constructed by those who sanction the production and circulation of those narratives. Such critiques of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Slim Chiboub, son-in-law of former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for gun possession. Chiboub fled the country during the revolution, and has since been residing in exile in United Arab Emirates. He was convicted … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2014
by Roland Adjovi of Arcadia University
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military … [read more]

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