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Legal News
1 day ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would have created a new tribunal to prosecute those involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine last July. The new tribunal was introduced [UN News Centre report] to create a larger technical … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Baghdad court on Wednesday sentenced 24 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder] to death for the killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers during the group's raid across the country last year. The men were convicted of taking part in the June 2014 massacre which led … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Two Moroccan women on Monday went on trial for gross indecency [Moroccan penal code article 483, in French] for wearing skirts that police characterized as "too tight." The women, hairdressers aged 23 and 29, were arrested [Al-arby report] in mid-June in the city of Agadir after a passerby notified … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Serbia on Saturday reportedly asked [AP report] Russia to veto a British UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would call the incident during the Bosnian War in which 8000 Muslim men were murdered genocide. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UNESCO World Heritage Committee [official website] said Monday that extremist groups' destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones could amount to war crimes. The committee noted particularly the Islamic State's (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq, and was deeply concerned … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Mojaheed, the Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was originally sentenced [JURIST report] by … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Romania's Superior Magistrates' Council [official webcite] on Monday rejected 22 proposals that would have made it harder to fight top-level corruption. The proposals, developed by the governing Social Democratic Party [party website, in Romanian], would have changed the law to make it harder to arrest lawmakers for corruption-related offenses … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A judge for South Africa's high court on Sunday issued an order barring Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile], who has an international warrant out for his arrest, from leaving the country. Bashir, who was visiting South Africa for an African Union [official website] summit, is currently wanted by … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Syed Mohammed Hasan Ali, a fugitive commander of Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani troops, was sentenced to death on Tuesday by a Bangladeshi court for torture and massacre committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War [BBC backgrounder]. Ali was found guilty on five out of six charges … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Stoyan Panov of University College Freiburg

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University College Freiburg [German] briefly discusses the criminalization of crimes against humanity in Bulgaria ... In early May 2015 a group of 12 MPs in Bulgaria proposed an amendment bill [Bulgarian] to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria with the purpose … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website] on Tuesday urged [report, PDF] the government to move from "apology to action" in its policies and programs directed toward restoring the aboriginal peoples' relationships with the rest of the country. The TRC interviewed more than 7,000 individuals to track a … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]

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