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Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent activist from the 2011 revolution to 15 years in prison for organizing an unsanctioned protest and assaulting a police officer last year. Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah [Twitter feed, in Arabic] was forced to wait outside of a courtroom at … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry [official website] on Sunday met [UN news centre report] with ministers of the new Palestinian unity government in the Gaza Strip. Serry's UN envoy are the first international officials to meet with the new unity government, announced by … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Palestinian court on Wednesday announced that Mohammed Dahlan, leading rival of President Mahmoud Abbas [official website, in Arabic], has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, which is likely to hinder his ability to garner a leadership position in the future. Dahlan, a former Palestinian security … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] An Egyptian court of appeals on Monday upheld the jailing of three men who co-founded the April 6 opposition movement which played a large role in the country's 2011 revolution. The ruling has been described as part of a crackdown [Reuters report] on those opposed to the military-backed government, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A Cairo court on Sunday ordered the release on bail of blogger and activist, Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was imprisoned by Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in October 2011 for violating Egypt's controversial protest law and refusing to answer prosecutors' questions. The SCAF accuses [NPR report] … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Egyptian voters on Thursday approved the new military-backed constitution, by a margin of over 90 percent, according to unofficial results released Thursday by individual election committees throughout the country. According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, new constitution garnered [Ahram Online report] 97.57 percent "yes" votes and 1.48 percent "no" votes … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. Previously, Juzdan explained the nature and complexity of identifying the rebels in Syria and the implications of using the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Linda M. Keller of Thomas Jefferson School of Law explores the potential impacts for the International Criminal Court of new Palestinian status at the UN in part one of this two-part series ...The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is reportedly considering … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced concern [UN News Centre report] on Friday regarding recent events in Egypt, "including the military trial and jailing of a blogger/activist." The blogger, Alaa Abdel Fattah, was imprisoned [JURIST report] by Egypt's Supreme Council of … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison and banned from working as a lawyer and a teacher for 10 years after being convicted of seeking to overthrow the government. He had represented [AP report] some of the activists involved in the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran [GlobeLex backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Saturday sentenced Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammed Seifzadeh to nine years in prison and a 10-year ban from practicing law. Seifzadeh was charged [RFE/RL report] with acting against national security in establishing the Defender of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official profile] on Thursday announced [text] that the Security Cabinet has agreed to ease the nation's land blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The Israeli government has been under increasing international pressure to review its policy towards Gaza since its May 31 raid … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet on Monday unanimously approved plans for an internal probe into the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website; BBC profile] expressed his hope that the probe would show that the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Israeli human rights group B'Tselem [advocacy website] on Monday released its annual report [text, PDF; press release], noting an advancement in the rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories [UNICEF backgrounder] but calling for greater improvement. The report, examining the human rights situation of Palestinians since the conclusion of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] on Monday called for an end [press release] to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], which it labeled a violation of international humanitarian law. The organization described the blockade as collective punishment, a war crime under … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jun 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Itzchak Kornfeld of the Faculty of Law at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem says that Israel is in a state of war with Hamas and, pursuant to the UN Charter, has the right to self-defense, including the right to inspect foreign vessels for weapons being brought to … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website; BBC profile] on Sunday announced [press release] the composition of an internal probe into the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. To head the probe, Netanyahu appointed former Israeli Supreme Court [official … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Tuesday reiterated the importance of an international component [press briefing text] in the investigation into the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Ban's original proposal to establish an investigatory panel comprised of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Monday launched an internal investigation [press release] of the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Chief of the General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi [official profile] named Major General Giora Island to head … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Israeli ambassador to the US rejected the idea of an international inquiry into the Israeli raid on several ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], during an appearance on FOX News Sunday [transcript; video]. The proposal, put forth by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website], would … [read more]

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