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Legal News
19 hours ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) [official websites] released a statement [text] Monday indicating that Cyprus has made significant strides toward economic recovery, and must continue to make reforms in order to achieve full recovery. Following a meeting to review progress on Cyprus' March 2013 … [read more]


Legal News
20 hours ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Monday said [AI report] the discovery of 129 bodies in the southern state of Guerrero "confirms what we had already found: the sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking." The 129 bodies were … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Vatican City State Tribunal [official website] on Saturday delayed [press release] the child abuse trial of former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski due to an "unexpected illness" that resulted in hospitalization. The accused, formerly stationed in the Dominican Republic, is charged with pedophilia and possession of child pornography. Reports … [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]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UK judge on Monday sentenced [sentencing remarks, PDF] former News of the World features editor Jules Stenson to a four month suspended prison sentence for his role in hacking the phones of celebrities and government officials. Stenson pleaded guilty [Telegraph report] to charges of violating the Regulation of … [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]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli announced Monday that authorities had arrested a group of individuals suspected to have supported a Friday attack that killed 39 at a beach resort. The Islamic State [JURIST backgrounder] has claimed responsibility for the attack and the shooter, Seifeddine Rezgui, was killed by the police. … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Australian parliament on Monday passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 [official website] to prevent the online piracy of film and TV shows. The approved legislation gives rights holders [Guardian report] the chance to go to a federal judge and get overseas websites that have the "primary … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] said [AI report] Thursday that all 50 US states fall below international standards on police use of lethal force. The report indicates that many states have no regulation on police use of lethal force or ones that fall below international standards. UN principles [text] on … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] An Egyptian court upheld the death sentence of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday after consulting the grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious figure and a government advisor on Islamic law. The death sentence was originally imposed [JURIST report] in May, with more than 100 … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [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
11 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greece's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Greek] on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation [materials, in Greek] giving civil union rights to same-sex [JURIST backgrounder] couples. This marks the first time in the country's history that such legislation will be introduced. The bill will give rights to go … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy websitew] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in federal court to block part of a new Arizona law that requires doctors to tell patients that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's National Council for Human Rights [official website] reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster [Guardian report] of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini [Guardian profile] on Thursday expressed great concern over potential war crimes [press release] being committed by Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] militants in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra [UNESCO profile]. The statement came after members of IS entered [BBC report] the … [read more]

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