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1 day ago
by Emelina Perez

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on Friday called for an end [press release] to conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid which may have led to human rights abuses and violations of international law. … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

Judge Vernon Broderick for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Thursday that suspended Deputy UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo cannot claim diplomatic immunity on bribery charges. Lorenzo, representing the Dominican Republic, has been facing criminal allegations involving bribery [complaint, PDF] since early … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website], holding Monday that a Somali torture claim lacked a "sufficient nexus" with the US to allow jurisdiction under the Alien Tort … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on the government of Myanmar Thursday to either repeal or amend [text] a law that could grant former presidents immunity from prosecution for human rights violations and crimes under international law. The outgoing Myanmar Parliament [official website, in Burmese] approved the Former Presidents Security … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Lisbon, Portugal, ruled on Friday that a former CIA operative shall be extradited to Italy to serve a seven-year sentence for her involvement in the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Operative Sabrina De Sousa was one of 26 former … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Guatemalan prosecutors arrested 17 former military and government officials on Wednesday on charges of committing massacres and other human rights abuses during the Guatemalan civil war. Government security forces have been blamed [AP report] for the vast majority of the 245,000 killings and disappearances that occurred during the conflict. The … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday said that the Thai government should fully investigate [press release] the whereabouts of at least 82 people listed as disappeared, and criminalize forced disappearance through legislation. Included on the list of disappeared is lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

[JURIST] Hundreds gathered in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city Friday to protest [Reuters report], the day after a Thai court sentenced two Myanmar migrant workers to death for the 2014 murders of two British tourists. The verdict resulted from a trial built around DNA evidence that linked the two workers to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [[advocacy website] on Thursday called for [AI report] a thorough investigation into torture allegations levied against the police responsible for the arrests of two men in relation to the Koh Tao murders. The men, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, were found guilty Thursday of the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Panama Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday ordered the detention of multimillionaire businessman and former president Ricardo Martinelli on allegations that the former leader used public money to illegally spy on more than 150 people. Martinelli, who ruled Panama from 2009 to 2014, fled the country … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina was formally charged by prosecutors on Wednesday following the investigation into the corruption scandal that led to his resignation. Prosecutor Francisco Sandoval said [AP report] that Pérez Molina is suspected of illicit association, customs fraud and bribery. Pérez Molina was jailed [JURIST report] pending … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Monday urged [press release] states to reexamine their unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) imposed on Sudan, which impact innocents instead of political elites. Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, asserted that UCMs adversely impact the enjoyment of human rights. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Dec 2015
by Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Markus Rauschecker of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law discusses the recent Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act...Over the past few years, Congress made many attempts to pass cyber threat data sharing legislation. Until this year, these prior attempts had all been unsuccessful. However, in April … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that a proposed provision [HRW report] in Thailand's constitution would permit the nation's military to commit human rights abuses without fear of punishment in violation of international treaties. A new constitutional provision before Thailand's legislative body, known as the the junta … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Nov 2015
by Daniel Crane of University of Michigan School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Daniel Crane of the University of Michigan School of Law discusses the rulings surrounding NCAA athlete amateurism... On September 30, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed in on the growing controversy regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association's … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] is urging India to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [ICC charges] when he visits the country this week. The office of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] said that even though India is not an ICC signatory, the UN Security Council has lifted Bashir's … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

[JURIST] Lawyers for the families of three Bosnian Muslims killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [Britannica backgrounder] on Friday filed a complaint [complaint summary, PDF] with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] seeking to bring charges against three Dutch former-UN commanders. The complaint, filed by lawyers Liesbeth … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova [official website] stripped former prime minister Filat Vladimir [official profile] of immunity on Thursday and later detained him [AP report] on suspicion of involvement in a 2014 bank fraud scheme. The allegations suggest Filat was involved in the disappearance of up to USD … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) v. Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) [SCOTUSblog docket], the court heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] on the issue of federal versus state authority over the sale of demand response … [read more]

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