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Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative for the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder] Aurélien A. Agbénonci [UN profile, in French] on Monday strongly condemned [press release, PDF] an August 20 attack on humanitarian workers in the CAR city of Bambari. In … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2015
by Andrew Leipold of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston is a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Jan 2015
by Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the violation of international human rights ... … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] criticized [text] the Sri Lankan government Friday for its continued attacks on the integrity of the current investigation into serious human rights violations. Zeid accused the government of attempting to discredit the UN's efforts as well as … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the case for transparency in court-martial records equivalent to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to pay damages in the amount of €16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] upheld the conviction [judgment] of former Croatian army commander Fred Margus on Wednesday. Margus challenged his 2007 conviction [Jutarnjilist report] for war crimes against civilians during the 1990s Yugoslav wars [JURIST news archive]. Charges initially brought against Margus were terminated … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A unanimous three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday held [opinion, PDF] that, pursuant to the equal protection clause, sexual orientation is not a permissible basis upon which to exclude jurors during the federal "voir dire," or jury selection, process. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin [press release] to extend preliminary reforms of the judicial system of the Russian Federation in order to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The announcement includes the findings of an investigation [report, PDF] into … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On October 12, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
31 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Rana Rizwan Hussain of Hussain & Associates argues that a recent decision by the Lahore High Court is significant for various reasons, most notably for motivating judicial impartiality and strengthening the rule of law..."In a country governed by laws where the rule of law reigns supreme, no … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

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
by Andrew Morgan

Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF], a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Despite significant human rights achievements, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged [text] countries to "refocus their efforts to achieve universality, and impartiality with regard to justice." Speaking at the Vienna +20 Conference, Pillay reminded countries to "revive the spirit" of the Vienna Declaration and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
27 Jun 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Snider, Chief Counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute, reacts to the landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the proponents of Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry...Californians have determined on two occasions that it is in the best interest of society to leave marriage as a union … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Kenya's ambassador to the UN, Macharia Kamau, has sent a letter to the UN Security Council [official website] asking that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Vice President William Ruto be dismissed, accusing the ICC of … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Trial began in Germany Monday for Beate Zschaepe, a neo-Nazi member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), for alleged complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman in Germany between 2000 and 2007, as well as two bombings and 15 bank robberies. Her two … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, urged [text] Russia on Thursday to address concerns surrounding impartiality in the judicial system, while noting the positive strides taken recently. Knaul visited Russia as part of an investigation surrounding a report on judicial independence [UN … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) [official website], the political party of former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] demanded that Islamabad High Court [official website] Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui [official biography] be removed from office and that his decisions be declared void. The request for Siddiqui's … [read more]

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