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Academic Commentary
6 days ago
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
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Ugandan police on Thursday arrested two presidential candidates planning on challenging current President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile]. Former Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi [official website], who had announced [BBC report] his intention to run for president last month and was arrested [New Vision report] while campaigning for a presidential … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UK judge on Monday sentenced [sentencing remarks, PDF] former News of the World features editor Jules Stenson to a four month suspended prison sentence for his role in hacking the phones of celebrities and government officials. Stenson pleaded guilty [Telegraph report] to charges of violating the Regulation of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Sabq news [official website], a Saudi government linked news website, reported [Sabq report] on Thursday that King Salman ordered for an investigation and trial of a famous TV host and Muslim Brotherhood scholar. The order was reportedly motivated by an episode of Abdullah al-Modifer's show that was critical of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 Jun 2015
by Adam Al-Sarraf of US Department of Commerce

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Al-Sarraf, International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Commerce, discusses Iraq's new commercial court... Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the US Department of … [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]

Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Romania's Superior Magistrates' Council [official webcite] on Monday rejected 22 proposals that would have made it harder to fight top-level corruption. The proposals, developed by the governing Social Democratic Party [party website, in Romanian], would have changed the law to make it harder to arrest lawmakers for corruption-related offenses … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Romania rejected a request from prosecutors to strip Prime Minister Victor Ponta [official profile] of immunity on Tuesday, despite him being named as a suspect last week in an anti-corruption probe. Prosecutors questioned [BBC report] Ponta in connection to charges of forgery, tax evasion and money laundering … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Saudi court on Sunday upheld blogger Raif Badawi's sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam through electronic channels." The blogger ran The Liberal Saudi Network for 4 years before being arrested by Saudi authorities. Badawi was originally charged [BBC report] with insulting Islam … [read more]

Legal News
15 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [HR 36] on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte [official website] called … [read more]

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]

Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Kanartaka [official website], on Monday cleared former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, of all corruption charges on appeal. In the judgment [NYT report], Justice CR Kumaraswamy wrote that the lower court ruling "suffer[ed] from infirmity, and is not sustainable law." Monday's decision will … [read more]

Legal News
10 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges. However, Mubarak and his sons have already spent three years in prison for other convictions, so they will most likely not have to serve … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona Rishmawi, head … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog materials] that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment … [read more]

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