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Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2015
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN observers on Thursday said [press release] that the parliamentary elections held in Burundi [JURIST news archive] this week were unfair, not free and led to human rights violations. In the preliminary statement by the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) [official website], the observers said that the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 Jun 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, discusses the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice's new rules regarding torture...For the past four and a half years, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (the "Commission") has been working on … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Ukranian Parliament on Tuesday approved controversial martial law regulations that will purportedly allow for extrajudicial detention and relocation of foreign citizens "who threaten or undertake aggression towards Ukraine." If enacted, the new law will also allow Ukrainian authorities to condemn private property and proscribe conduct and political parties … [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]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday sentenced [press release] 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday ordered the provisional release [order, PDF] pursuant to an interlocutory appeal for Goran Hadžic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the former president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Apr 2015
by Cliff Mason of Valparaiso University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang them from a … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed in Bangladesh on Saturday for war crimes committed in 1971 during the nation's war of independence. Kamaruzzaman, who was one of the highest-ranking officials in the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party [party website], was convicted of [AFP report] committing torture, abduction and mass murder, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited [AP report] to Spain … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal [JURIST report] by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Monday that the Ukrainian government would no longer object to allowing a referendum that could grant greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country controlled by Russian-backed rebels. This concession marks [AP report] a major reversal in the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] China's former national security chief Zhou Yongkang [BBC profile] was charged [press release, in Chinese] with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets on Friday, making him the highest-ranked official [NYT report] to be charged with political corruption in decades. Zhou was the head [BBC report] of the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the a trial [JURIST report] of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed [Huffington Post profile]. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A Spanish High Court [official website, in Spanish] judge on Thursday ordered [press release, in Spanish] 40 people, including three former ruling party treasurers, to stand trial over a bribes-for-contracts scheme. Investigation into the Gurtel scandal began in 2009 after a recording surfaced [interest group report] of Francisco Correa … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami [party website] party leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman filed a review petition with the country's apex court Thursday against its verdict that upheld the death sentence awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [JURIST news archive] for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War [GlobalSecurity Backgrounder]. … [read more]

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