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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

United Nations [official website] rights experts on Monday asked [UN report] Pakistani officials to stop construction work on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan due to concern that it has led to numerous people being forcibly evicted and that it has resulted in damage to historical and cultural heritage … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday announced a ban on the federal prison system's use of solitary confinement for juveniles. Obama stated in an op-ed [WP op-ed] Monday evening that after a review of US prisons by the Department of Justice [official website], he is adopting new rules … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2015
by Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Azariah Jelks of Valparaiso University Law School of Class 2016 discusses the importance of coming together as a community in order to solve the problem of affordable housing in the US... With the price of housing steadily rising, income levels largely remaining stagnant and an increase in … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A UN human rights expert on Monday advised [press release] Nigerian officials to halt mass, unlawful evictions and demolitions in the region of Badia, Lagos, exoressing concern over the homelessness resulting from a lack of adequate housing and compensation to victims. Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha [profile], an expert on the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [HRW report] Sunday that Saudi Arabia's new labor laws have helped to stop abuses of migrant workers, but the reforms fail to meet the needs of domestic workers. The 38 amendments [amendments, in Arabic] went into effect last month. The Labor ministry … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Houston voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday by a margin of 61 to 39 percent. Ordinance No. 2014-530 [text, PDF], known by its opponents as the "bathroom bill," prohibited discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics. The ordinance focused … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Governments must commit themselves to further action to globally improve housing conditions and urban development, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha [official profile] said [press release] Thursday. Farha made the statement as she was discussing her latest report [text, PDF] on the implementation of a … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Friday that they are sending teams to review three Colorado prisons as part of President Barack Obama's ongoing efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Officials plan to visit ADX Florence, a federal Supermax prison, along with a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] United Arab Emirates (UAE) Labor Minister Saqr Ghobash on Tuesday announced new labor reforms [press release, in Arabic] to provide increased oversight on the thousands of employment agreements conducted with temporary migrant workers. Ghobash told reporters [AP report] that the new reforms will be rolled out in three government … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Egypt violated international law during the creation of a "buffer zone" between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. According to HRW, the creation of the buffer zone required demolition of more than 3,200 buildings [HRW report] in the Sinai Peninsula between … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Ferguson, Missouri, reform panel on Monday released a report[text, PDF] calling for the consolidation of police departments and municipal courts. The 16-member Ferguson Commission [official website], established by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African American teenager, by a white … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) [official website], in partnership with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School [website] released [press release] a report [PDF] Wednesday estimating that between 80,000 to 100,000 prisoners were in what correctional officials call "restrictive housing" in 2014. The survey … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] California on Tuesday agreed [settlement, PDF] to restrict its controversial practices of solitary confinement. The class action lawsuit was brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website], which alleged that approximately 3,000 prisoners were kept in isolated conditions in which they were alone for 22 hours a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Attorneys for Jonathan Pollard [official website] announced Tuesday their client was granted parole [statement] by three members of the Parole Commission. Pollard is a former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of conspiracy to deliver classified information to Israel on November 21, 1985. Pollard claimed he learned [advocacy backgrounder] the US … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Wednesday announced new rules [fact sheet, PDF] requiring cities and towns to address racial disparities in their housing practices. The new rules, announced at a press conference in Chicago by Secretary Julian Castro [official profile] of the US Department of Housing and Urban … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project [SCOTUSblog materials] that Texas's biggest housing subsidy has been reinforcing segregated housing. The project claimed that even if Texas did not treat minority applicants … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Federal Reserve [official website] bailout of AIG [corporate website] in 2008 exceeded its authority but did not award any damages. The suit was brought by former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg and claimed that the Federal … [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]

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