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Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 May 2015
by Mark Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Law

JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in need of addressing … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2015
by John D. Bessler of University of Baltimore School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of lethal injection … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez [official profile] called [UN News Centre report] Tuesday for modifications and alternatives to the detention processes of children in order to ensure their human rights. In a report [text, DOC] presented to the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Feb 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. & Kim Weidenaar of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US... The US public health … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Rights group Equal Justice Under Law [advocacy website] filed suit Fridays against the cities of Ferguson and Jennings [complaints, PDF], Missouri, for their practice of jailing citizens who fail to pay debts owed to the city for minor offenses and traffic tickets. The group alleges poor citizens are being … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Feb 2015
by Gregory Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the decision of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to grant provisional release to Vojislav Seselj and its repercussions on international criminal law and transitional justice...The ongoing seven-year debacle that is the trial … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRN) [advocacy website, in Spanish] reported [official report, PDF in Spanish] on Monday that the Cuban government detained 8,899 dissidents and activists in 2014. These detentions mark a significant increase from previous years—2,000 more than in 2013 and four times … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN on Sunday observed the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists after the resolution [report, PDF] to do so was adopted in December of last year. The date commemorates the assassination of two French journalists, Gislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali in 2013. … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Independent UN rights experts on Friday called on the government of Bahrain to release human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja [press release] due to the absence of evidence against her. Al-Khawaja was arrested in August upon her return to Bahrain [Al Jazeera report] and was charged with insulting the king … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged stronger protection [press release] Monday for journalists covering conflicts. The group said recent attacks, kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations need to be condemned and opposed by the international community. The experts … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Australian citizen David Hicks [JURIST news archive] filed a motion [text, PDF] to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel [official website] reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2014
by Raymond Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 died and … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado [official website] signed a progressive bill for mentally ill inmates on Friday. Senate Bill 14-064 [text, PDF] changes traditional methods of solitary confinement by mandating psychiatric evaluations and therapy for inmates diagnosed with mental illness and qualifying for disciplinary intervention. All inmates currently in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Apr 2014
by David Ball of Santa Clara School of law

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara School of Law argues that the recent trend of states and cities—most recently in Washington, DC—to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough towards elevating the problems and costs of prohibition. … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, in French; press release] Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) [party website]. The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [HRW report] on the international community Friday to provide assistance to Libya's failing justice system. HRW expressed concern over the mass detention of individuals on what they called an arbitrary basis. The call for assistance asked for trained personnel to help end … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] UNAIDS [official website], the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned [press release] Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law [JURIST report]. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, including … [read more]

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