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Legal News
4 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [case materials] Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira [official profile, in French] resigned Wednesday after expressing disagreement with the President Francois Hollande's proposal to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship. The plan, proposed as a revision to the French constitution [text], went before the French parliament [official website, in French] just … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday released a report [text] outlining serious flaws in the Iranian electoral system which they say are damaging prospects for free and fair parliamentary elections on February 26th. The report states that this is due to Iranian authorities not allowing the majority … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A German court on Monday announced that Hubert Z, a 95-year-old German man accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people at Auschwitz, will stand trial next month. Because of Germany's privacy laws Hubert Z's last name has not been released, but it is known that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Authorities in Germany arrested an unidentified 26-year-old Algerian man on Monday on suspicion of committing sexual assault during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne. The man, who is reported to be an asylum seeker, is accused [The Guardian report] of groping a woman and stealing her mobile phone. He was … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Iran has condemned the US for imposing new sanctions in connection with the country's missile defense program. The sanctions were imposed [NTY report] Sunday by the US Treasury Department [official website] against 11 companies and individuals connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program. According to officials in Iran, the missile system … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was indicted Friday for war crimes committed during Croatia's war of independence. Vasilikovic was indicted in Croatia six months after being extradited from Australia. The 61-year-old holds [ABC report] dual Serbian-Australian citizenship. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Polish President Andrzej Duda [official website, in Polish] on Thursday signed [press release, in Polish] a controversial media control bill into law. Under the new law, the treasury minister [official website, in Polish] will replace [IBT report] the National Broadcasting Council [official website, in Polish] in appointing and removing media … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Italian cities Milan and Rome on Monday restricted [BBC report] the use of cars, motor cycles, and scooters as smog levels have increased. Experts believe that the unseasonably dry and calm weather contributed to the increased smog pollution. Restrictions in Milan ban motor vehicles for six hours a day … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Carrie Clodi of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Carrie Clodi of Valparaiso University School of Law Class of 2017 discusses legislation regulating youth and student athlete sport participation after concussion or head injury and the necessity of continued awareness of student athlete safety ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] condemned [press release] Boko Haram on Sunday for the group's alleged involvement in a triple suicide attack on the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad Saturday that left more than 30 dead and injured over 130. The attack [Al Jazeera report] targeted a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered former president Francisco Flores to stand trial on corruption charges. Flores is charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement and illegal enrichment for allegedly diverting USD $15 million from Taiwanese donation to his personal and political bank accounts. The donations were intended to help victims … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Ecuador's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday passed a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, beginning in 2021. The 16 constitutional amendments were approved in a vote of 100-8 in a legislature where sitting President Rafael Correa's political party, Alianza Pais [party website, in Spanish], has a two-thirds … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

El Salvador's complete ban on abortion [Penal Code, Chapter 2, in Spanish] negatively affects not only women and girls, but also their families, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [press release] released Monday. The report indicates that woman who suffer miscarriages or complications in the course of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Stockholm's district court on Friday, ruled against [press release, in Swedish] forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer, a file sharing and streaming website, respectively. The plaintiffs, Swedish Film Industry, Nordisk Film, Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, filed suit against Bredbandsbolaget, the second … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Minster of Natural Environment said Friday that the country's government plans to sue BHP Billiton Ltd., Vale SA, and Samarco Mineração SA for USD $5.24 billion for damages caused by a dam collapse at an iron ore site the two co-own. The iron ore site, Samarco Mineração SA, is … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday that a Saudi Arabia court has sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to death for apostasy or abandoning his Muslim faith. The organization's researcher in the Middle East, Adam Coogle, said that he had seen the trial documents [Reuters report] and confirmed the … [read more]

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