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Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged [press release] leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday asked [order list, PDF] for the Obama administration's position on an appeal [docket] by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt [official profile, PDF], on Thursday praised [press release] Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of coexisting … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 May 2014
by Sascha Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage in an overt and open … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday accused [press release] the US of undermining efforts to try the Syrian government and its president Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. In its World Report 2014 [text, PDF], HRW said the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The trial of four Hezbollah [START backgrounder] members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and 21 others in 2005 began [press release] Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder].The trial … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Egyptian state media reported Wednesday that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder] will be tried on charges of espionage and terrorism along with 35 other defendants, many of whom are also former high-level officials and members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Prosecutor General Hisham … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder] on Monday transferred [press release] the case files for Ayyash et al. [case materials] to the trial chamber, marking the start of the transition to the trial phase. Four Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] militants were … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder] on Thursday indicted [text, PDF; press release] Hassan Merhi on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide in a 2005 truck bombing that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and 21 others. Merhi … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Enver Hasani of the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, argues that regime change in Syria will represent a profound geopolitical shift...In the past two years we have grown accustomed to the violence in Syria. However, the latest reaction of the Western world towards the massive poisoning of … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Although the ICC's name implies exclusivity, it is one of many international criminal tribunals. Several permanent international tribunals dealing in civil matters have also developed, ranging from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body. … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Although the protests that ousted Mubarak in 2011 bore similarities to protests across the region known as the Arab Spring, the country has not always been in lockstep with the politics of other Middle Eastern countries. A historic peace deal brokered in 1979 by US President Jimmy Carter between Egyptian … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday passed a resolution the use of foreign fighters in the Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder], responding to an influx of foreign militants on both sides of the conflict, including Lebanese Hezbollah militants supporting the Syrian government. The resolution did not … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website; UN backgrounder] on Thursday delayed the trial [decision, PDF, in French] of four Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] militants charged with the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Counsel for … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Jan 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that, if Iran proceeds with building nuclear arms, Israel may be legally justified in launching a military attack as a means of self-defense...Under international law, would Israel have a right to engage in measures of self-defense against … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US supports efforts in Lebanon to implement parliamentary elections, and encourages a timely and transparent election process, according to a statement [press release] made Monday by Ambassador Maura Connelly [official profile]. The statement was made after the ambassador met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Nabih … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Gordon of the University of North Dakota School of Law and Benjamin Brockman-Hawe of the Bosman Law Firm say that some measure of justice could be brought to the conflict in Syria by amending the statute for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon...Well over one year into … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Thursday rejected a US extradition request for Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] commander Ali Mussa Daqduq. The court also ruled that Daqduq should be released immediately [WP report] from his house arrest. In May an Iraqi court had cleared [JURIST report] all charges against Daqduq. The … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Monday confirmed [order materials] its jurisdiction over the trials of the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The defense counsel for the four accused, Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad … [read more]

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