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Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greece's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Greek] on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation [materials, in Greek] giving civil union rights to same-sex [JURIST backgrounder] couples. This marks the first time in the country's history that such legislation will be introduced. The bill will give rights to go … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A nationwide anti-gay marriage referendum in Slovakia failed on Saturday because of the low voter turnout. The referendum, which asked whether marriage should only be a union between a man and a woman, was intended to strengthen [BBC report] the constitutional same-sex marriage ban in the country. While 50% … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons [official website], members of Parliament voted [BBC report] 382 … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution [text] provides a secular federal government. The ruling [Malay Mail report] is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Angelique Devaux of French Qualified Attorney
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux, French Qualified Attorney, discusses the newest occurrences of succession in Europe ...It is just the beginning of 2015, and it is accompanied by a number of new reforms, new laws and new regulations that shall be implemented along with the New Year. 2015 shall be … [read more]

Student Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Francesca Acocella of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing a movie, ordering … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2014
by Sara Benson of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses how the best argument for same-sex marriage is that same-sex partners should be treated equally under the law ... As you likely have heard, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down part of the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2014
by Haider Ala Hamoudi of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the hasty and sloppy manner in which Iraq's highly controversial draft Shi'i Personal Status Law was prepared ... There has been much controversy over the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a draft Shi'i Personal Status Law … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist James Dwyer of William & Mary Law School argues that the many incremental successes the same-sex marriage movement has had actually make it more difficult plausibly to argue now that every state is constitutionally required to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples. The legal and factual premises … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, in German] Thursday that couples in same-sex civil unions should be awarded the same income tax benefits [press release, in German] as married couples. This ruling is a retroactive interpretation of the Civil Partnership Act of 2001 … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Bill Atkin of the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law evaluates the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the New Zealand House of Representatives...On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand House of Representatives passed same-sex marriage legislation by 77 votes to 44. Since New Zealand has … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares, an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, explains the impact of religion on legal rights in Palestine...Religion affects many aspects of life in Palestine, including legal rights. One sensitive issue in Palestine is converting from Islam to Christianity … [read more]

Legal News
24 Feb 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Iowa Supreme Court [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a woman whose will designated that she be buried in Montana must be buried in Iowa at the behest of her husband. It ruled that the state's Final Disposition Act [text] gives the spouse of a decedent … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2013
by Elie Freedman

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Tuesday ruled [judgment, in German] that same-sex couples in a civil union can legally adopt [press release, in German] the non-biological children of their partners. The challenge to the existing adoption rules [AP report] was brought by a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Feb 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that arguments put forward in the case of Bond v. United States, claiming that the federal law implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention is unconstitutional, are based on a fundamentally flawed understanding of the US Constitution...The US Supreme … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2013

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, despite Islam's proscription against collecting interest, and a constitutional provision prohibiting laws that conflict with such Islamic rulings, Iraq's courts are unlikely to declare the nation's new state-owned bank unconstitutional...Just last month, Iraqi President Jalal … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University School of Law says that there is hope for compromise between Western legal systems and Islamic law regarding the adoption of children from Islamic countries..."There hasn't been a concerted push to open doors for Muslim orphans because the expectation would be … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The parliament of Slovakia [official website, in Slovak] on Tuesday rejected [press release, in Slovak] a proposed bill recognizing same-sex partnerships within the country. In a 94-14 vote in which 129 members were present, the bill was heavily criticized during the two-day debate for its possible detrimental effect on … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The High Court [official website] of Botswana [JURIST news archive] on Friday struck down longstanding local customary laws that prevented women from inheriting their family home. Judge Key Dingake ruled that such laws are not in line with the Botswana constitution [AFP report], which guarantees gender equality. According to … [read more]

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