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Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] in The Hague ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear a dispute between the Philippines and China over parts of the South China Sea. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] 14-2 Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear the case between Bolivia and Chile regarding land-locked Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia argued to the ICJ that Chile failed in its obligation to negotiate in good faith … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Thailand's Department of Special Investigation [official website] announced [press release, in Thai] Wednesday that they have arrested two men accused of playing a significant role in a human trafficking ring. The two men were allegedly part of a group that kidnapped workers and sold them as slaves to fishing boat … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] revealed court documents [complaint, PDF] Thursday indicating Shell repeatedly underestimated [press release] the impact of two oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria. The documents were part of claims brought forth in a UK court by more than 15,000 people affected by oil pollution. In joint … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Singapore and Indonesia on Wednesday signed a treaty [press release] establishing their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. According to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website], the agreement is a demonstration [Xinhua report] of how the two countries have been able … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Permanent Court of Arbitration [official website] in The Hague issued a ruling [court documents] Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day [official website] calling on the international community to "commit to keep [the oceans] healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea [BBC backgrounder]. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of disputed … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice [official website] laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership [AP report] to the land … [read more]

Student Commentary
23 Mar 2014
by Brent Nesbitt of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Assistant Editor Brent Nesbitt, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment in United States v. Wurie...On Tuesday, April 29, the US Supreme Court will hear argument in the case of United States v. Wurie involving the … [read more]

11 Mar 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study [PDF] published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement of … [read more]

11 Mar 2014
by Kyle Webster

Deepwater Horizon, the name given to the oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP)-run Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, occurred between April and September 2010. Macondo Prospect is a large area off the coast of the Louisiana that contains large deposits of oil and is thus the site … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], the UN's highest court, issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile [BBC backgrounders] on Monday. The ICJ granted [press release, PDF] Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements [Philippines DFA press release] condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. Whether … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law examines the recent oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action ...From reading the transcript of the oral argument in the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, I was appalled at the level of … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] Maritime Labor Convention [text] came into effect [press release] Tuesday. The international standards, originally adopted by the ILO in 2006, required ratification by a minimum of 30 ILO member states to come into force as international law, with the additional requirement that … [read more]

Legal News
12 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] UK authorities announced on Monday that they are considering legal action against Spain to force the country to loosen border controls in Gibraltar. British Prime Minister David Cameron [BBC profile] accused [Reuters report] Spain of blocking British fishing vessels in disproportionate numbers and said Spain was "politically motivated" in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Jun 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Zeray Yihdego of the University of Aberdeen Law School examines several legal issues arising from the dispute over the Blue Nile Dam between Egypt and Ethiopia...Egypt and Ethiopia are in a war of words concerning the damming of the Blue Nile. Ethiopia intends, and has already completed … [read more]

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