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Legal News
6 days ago
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Friday, in three separate opinions, overturned several charges for three Pennsylvania State University [official website] administrators accused of playing a role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The defendants argued that a former lawyer of the university, Cynthia Baldwin, should … [read more]


Student Commentary
20 Jan 2016
by Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Prager of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the ninth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Prager discusses the influence of the upcoming decision from NLRB regarding student athletes... The "student-athlete" … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The Tokyo High Court [official website, in Japanese] on Tuesday reversed a Tokyo District Court ruling from 2014 regarding the death of a detained immigrant. Immigration authorities were under investigation after restraining Abubakar Awudu Suraj, ultimately leading to his death. The new ruling states [Reuters report] that the restraint was … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the ACLU of Louisiana [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint] on Thursday against the New Orleans Public Defenders Office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board [official websites] due to the lack of available public defenders for individuals with no … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the state legislature does have the power to use advisory ballot measures. The decision will allow lawmakers to place a nonbinding question on ballots to ask voters whether they feel there should be a new amendment to the US … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2015
by Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University Law School of Class 2016 discusses the importance of coming together as a community in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in the US... With the price of housing steadily rising, income levels largely remaining stagnant and an increase in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa [profile] on Thursday announced amendments to the nation's foreign investor law in an effort to stimulate Zimbabwe's stagnant economy. The ambiguously-worded Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill of 2007 [text, PDF] required all foreign companies to transfer majority ownership into the hands of Zimbabwean citizens. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed [press release] the Every Student Succeeds Act [text, PDF] into law. The new measures hand much of the power over education success monitoring back to the states and allow them to make the decisions on how to do so. The Every Student Succeeds … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil [official website] on Wednesday suspended impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] until the court can determine the constitutional validity of a secret ballot. The vote is to determine whether the congressional committee appointed to carry out the impeachment is stacked with … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] stated [press release] Saturday that various UN organizations will sponsor a summit in 2016 to promote progress in addressing worldwide climate issues. During the UN climate change conference (COP21) [official website], the secretary-general announced that organizations such as the World Bank and the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Members of the US House of Representatives [official website] approved [roll call] a bill to give much responsibility of improving public schools back to the states. The Student Success Act [text, PDF] would revise the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [materials] and remove the accountability measures … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings were opened against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] on Wednesday for allegations of violating fiscal laws and manipulating finances. Rousseff's political enemy and speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha [official profile, in Portuguese] accepted a request [JURIST report] from opposition lawyers to begin the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Brazil's highest court, on Wednesday, ordered [Reuters report] the arrest of André Esteves [official profile], the chief executive of the country's largest investment bank, and that of Delcídio do Amaral, a powerful senator of the country's ruling party. Both individuals are accused of obstructing the course of the investigation [BBC … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Michael Roberts

Regulation of the transportation industry has its origins in earliest days of the United States, when the states regulated transportation. At the time of the nation's declaration of independence, the country was sorely in need of roads. President George Washington publicly supported the construction of roads, to foster settlement of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Nov 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the birth and growth of Medicare and Medicaid. She argues that in this, their 50th year, health care's fraternal twins are coming more to resemble each other, with Medicaid adopting some of the characteristics of its … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Fourteen members of Parliament in Vanuatu were sentenced to prison Thursday for bribery. Thirteen politicians reportedly accepted bribes [BBC report] of 35 million vatu (USD $312,000) from Deputy Prime Minister Moana Caracasses of the opposing party last year in exchange for their support in a vote of no confidence. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Sep 2015
by William J. Rich of Washburn University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist William J. Rich, of Washburn University School of Law, discusses the conflict between branches of the Kansas government that has been intensified in the case of Solomon v. Kansas... In 2014, the Kansas legislature altered the way in which chief administrative judges are chosen, transferring selection authority … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants François Crépeau on Tuesday urged [press release] the European Union (EU) [official website] to create a new human-rights-minded migration policy to empower migrants and solve the issue of human smuggling in the Eurozone. Crépeau said he believes that the EU … [read more]

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