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Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Tunisia's parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday voted to approve a new anti-terror law despite strong criticism [HRW press release] from NGOs and human rights groups. The law, which replaces 2003 legislation passed under the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was adopted … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Turkish officials briefly blocked access [press release] to Twitter [corporate website] in an attempt to prevent sharing of images from Monday's deadly Suruc bombing, and to stop Twitter users from calling for protests against the government. The ban on Twitter was both installed and lifted the same day. Turkey … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Belgian Privacy Commission [official website] announced Monday that it is suing Facebook [corporate website] for alleged violations of Belgian and European privacy laws [materials]. In May, the commission issued Facebook a set of recommendations [text, PDF] urging the social media site to stop tracking users. Making the announcement, … [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]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Iberoamerican University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic, discusses the constitutional questions the US Supreme Court justices are facing when deciding same sex marriage cases ... The case for equal marriage is the case of Constitution, tradition and time. We witnessed during the oral arguments … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Monday in Elonis v. United States [SCOTUSblog materials] that negligence is not enough to support a conviction for communicating a threat. In this case the court was asked to consider whether a conviction of threatening another person over interstate lines … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have … [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
3 May 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern [press release] Friday over actions by Burundi [CIA backgrounder] authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular [UN News Centre report] the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged [Reuters report] with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] An analysis [text, PDF] by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] of the Tunisian government's new draft counterterrorism law released Wednesday suggests that the law as drafted could potentially lead to serious human rights abuses. The law would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for people charged … [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
1 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty [AP report] of five counts of of lèse majesté [BBC backgrounder], with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court [official website] struck down [judgment, PDF] a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Thailand Supreme Court [official website, in Thai] announced Thursday that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] will stand trial for negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. The hearing will take place [CNN report] May 19, and she could face up to 10 years in prison if … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran [report, DOC] to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed [official website], the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani [Guardian news archive] has not kept the promise … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's [BBC backgrounder] forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Thailand Criminal Court on Monday sentenced two activists to 30 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the country's strict lese-majeste laws [BBC backgrounder]. The two activists [Bloomberg report] are a 24-year old female and 27-year-old male who were involved in a play called "The Wolf Bride" … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Colorado residents filed two lawsuits [complaint, PDF; complaint, PDF] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] seeking federal action to close the recreational marijuana market. The lawsuits mark the first in-state legal action opposing the legalization of marijuana. The actions were filed by … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. Human … [read more]

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