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Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Michael J. Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law argues that France has the legal right to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty following the Paris ISIS attacks...Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Syria was a French mandate from 1923 … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. "The Kurd has … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] CACI International Inc. "CACI" [corporate website], a US military defense contractor, has filed suit against former detainees of Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] seeking legal expenses after a group of four plaintiffs filed lawsuits [CCR materials] against CACI in 2009, accusing the company of crimes against humanity, sexual assault, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Félix Tréguer, Policy and Legal Analyst at La Quadrature du Net says that waging a "judicial guerilla war" in France on "hateful" Internet content unduly stifles free speech...The ghost of Yahoo v. LICRA has come back to haunt us. In 2000, after a criminal lawsuit was filed … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison of conspiring to torture detainees has paid $5.28 million to detainees held at the prison and other US detention centers in Iraq. The detainees filed suit against two military … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that the international law's perception of public morality is beginning to incorporate various and diverse traditions...In November 2012, the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) undid 30 years of bad law when it issued its views in Irina Fedotova … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Jul 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says the actions of Vladimir Putin's regime against the life and legacy of deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky threaten international progress in basic human rights and have attracted the ire of the US Congress, the European Union and individual … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A 14-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled 12-2 [opinion, PDF] Friday that the earlier dismissal [JURIST report] of lawsuits against two Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] contractors on the grounds that they have immunity as government contractors was premature. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of Saint Louis University School of Law says that a challenge to a Kansas law excluding abortion from comprehensive insurance plans could be an opportunity to rethink the constitutional basis of abortion rights...In the ongoing case of ACLU v. Praeger, a Kansas law prohibiting most … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Bernstein of George Mason University School of Law, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, argues that striking down the individual mandate of the health care reform legislation does not implicate a resurgence of the notorious 1905 Supreme Court decision in Lochner v. New York...With the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Gordon of the University of North Dakota School of Law says atrocity justice localization may not work for countries, such as Cambodia, so thoroughly lacking in justice culture and infrastructure and that localization may ultimately contribute more to the culture of impunity than to the rule … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jan 2012
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in Spanish] a multi-billion dollar fine against Chevron [corporate website] for polluting the Amazon Jungle in the 1980s. The USD $18 billion fine, one of the largest in the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist D. Wes Rist of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the recent interest of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the impact of video games on international humanitarian law is a chance for cooperation and education with the video game industry...Everyone knows … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed two cases filed by former Iraqi detainees who claimed they had been tortured by civilian contractors at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] near Baghdad. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to dismiss both cases, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ended an injunction [JURIST report] on damages levied against US oil company Chevron [corporate website; JURIST news archive], making the company potentially liable for $18 billion in damages to Ecuadorian citizens for an oil spill in … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The convicted ringleader of abuses committed at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad was released Saturday after serving more than six-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence. Army Spc. Charles Graner [JURIST news archive], who was being held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, was released … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday initiated a grand jury investigation into the torture and death of a detainee at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Baghdad. Manadel Al-Jamadi was captured [JURIST report] by US Navy SEALs on November 4, 2003 and held in … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday issued a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of a recent Ecuadorian court judgment against US oil company Chevron [corporate website; JURIST news archive]. The injunction blocks [Reuters report] plaintiffs from attempting … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for the Provincial Court of Sucumbios in Ecuador ordered US oil company Chevron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to pay $8.6 billion in damages, finding that Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2001, polluted large areas of the country's rain forest. Chevron vowed to fight the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Apr 2010

Bob Donnorummo [Former Associate Director, Center for Russian & East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh]: "On April 10, JURIST reported the crash of the Polish presidential jet killing President Lech Kaczynski, two deputy speakers and 12 members of parliament, two senators, three deputy ministers, National Bank President, all the chiefs … [read more]

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