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Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The EU's justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] sentenced [press release] a Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians on Thursday. Oliver Ivanovic was arrested [JURIST report] in January 2014 for the murder and torture of Albanian civilians during the 1999 war … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the government of Myanmar on Sunday to release all remaining prisoners currently being held for political and religious violations. The National League for Democracy Party (NLD) [official website, in Burmese], which won in a national election [JURIST report] last November, has … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was indicted Friday for war crimes committed during Croatia's war of independence. Vasilikovic was indicted in Croatia six months after being extradited from Australia. The 61-year-old holds [ABC report] dual Serbian-Australian citizenship. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The head of the UK's Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) [official website], charged with looking into alleged abuses committed during the war in Iraq, said Saturday that UK soldiers may face prosecution for war crimes. Mark Warwick, a former police detective and the head of IHAT, stated [BBC report] that … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jan 2016
by Jason A. Coats of US Naval War College
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Coats of the US Naval War College discusses the investigations into the legitimacy of reports concerning ISIS...On December 11, the Chairmen of three House of Representatives committees—the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (APCDS)—announced the establishment of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death and six others to prison on Thursday for murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger known by the name of Thaba Baba, in 2013. Those convicted included [AP report] seven university students and Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Bangladesh and Russia signed a $12.65 billion nuclear power deal on Friday. The state-run Atomic Energy Commission [official site] collaborated with the Russian Government [official website] and Rosatom [official site] to cement the deal. Kamrul Islam Bhyian, spokesman for the Ministry of Science and Technology, [official site] stated [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional [decision, PDF, in Spanish] a resolution by the Parliament of Catalonia [official website, in Catalan] that proposed a plan for the region's independence from Spain by 2017. The resolution was approved [JURIST report] by Catalonian lawmakers in November, and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Two senior opposition leaders in Bangladesh on Sunday were executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. One of the men, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, was sentenced for crimes that included murdering Bengali nationalists and pro-liberation intellectuals during his position as second in command … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Bangladesh has asked [VOA report] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] to retract its criticism of the country's execution plans for opposition politicians convicted of war crimes at a local tribunal. In 2013 the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] convicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday suspended [press release, PDF, in Spanish] Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Parliament of Catalan [official website, in Catalan] on Monday approved [press release, in Catalan] a proposed resolution to begin separation from Spain. The measure passed with 72 votes in favor of the resolution and 63 against and established that the Parliament would have a "constituent process, citizen participation" … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Citizens of Myanmar on Sunday voted [AP report] in the country's first openly contested national election in 25 years. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to easily secure victory, although Suu Kyi is not allowed to assume the presidency. … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Michael Roberts

Regulation of the transportation industry has its origins in earliest days of the United States, when the states regulated transportation. At the time of the nation's declaration of independence, the country was sorely in need of roads. President George Washington publicly supported the construction of roads, to foster settlement of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez of Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] charged five suspected leaders of the Basque separatist movement Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder] Tuesday with crimes against humanity for their participation in the 2004 attacks that left 12 people dead. Specifically, the group is alleged to have … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Mónica Pinto [official profile] on Monday urged [statement, in Spanish] officials in Guinea-Bissau to implement measures aimed at increasing residents' access to justice throughout the nation. Pinto released the statement just days after completing her first official visit [PRN … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that a new law intended to change the structure of judicial appointments is unconstitutional. Traditionally the Indian judiciary was appointed by a 20-year-old collegium of five senior judges, but the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill [text, PDF] … [read more]

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