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Legal News
1 day ago
by Brittany Felder

Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Revolution in Iran, the nation's legal structures are still "deeply flawed," according to an 87-page report [text, PDF] released [press release] Thursday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Describing how the revolution elicited sweeping changes in the justice system, the report discusses Iran's new … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 days ago
by Eric Johnson of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric A. Johnson of University of Illinois School of Law discusses the recent Criminal Code Improvement Act ... In November 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015" [PDF] to the House floor. The bill would, among other things, add … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

The High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania on Wednesday upheld [materials] the 20-year sentence of Soviet-era prison commander Alexandru Visinescu for crimes against humanity. Visinescu was head of the Romanian prison Râmnicu Sărat for seven years, beginning in 1956, over the course of which approximately 14 political prisoners … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Kenyan member of parliament (MP) on Friday evening called for all judges of the Kenyan Supreme Court [official website] to resign after it was recommended that a tribunal investigate Justice Philip Tunoi for allegedly accepting a Sh200 million bribe. MP Olago Aluoch of Kisumu West said [Daily Nation … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of executing an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013. Last year an Egyptian court sentenced the defendants to death in a series of mass trials that were used to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday approved a deal that would extend US military presence in their country. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) [text, PDF] will allow for the US to build more military facilities while maintaining military ships and aircraft in the country. … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Ugandan authorities are using intimidation and force against journalists, radio hosts and activists, limiting the possibilities that the upcoming presidential election in February is fair and unbiased, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [press release] Sunday. The report [text] claims that journalists have been suspended after … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the state legislature does have the power to use advisory ballot measures. The decision will allow lawmakers to place a nonbinding question on ballots to ask voters whether they feel there should be a new amendment to the US … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu announced this weekend that there will be a moratorium placed on anti-homosexuality laws in Malawi, effectively suspending enforcement of these laws until a decision is made regarding repeal. Along with this decision [BBC report] came the release of two men that were arrested under these laws. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Colombia's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] exonerated a retired army colonel on Wednesday who had been found guilty of the forced disappearances of two people he escorted away from the 1985 Palace of Justice Siege, ordering the colonel's immediate release [BBC report, in Spanish]. Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria [official website] approved [Focus Information Agency report] amendments to the Constitution [text] on Wednesday to reform the judicial system. At a third reading of the proposed amendments, 189 legislators voted in favour, 39 MPs voted against and one abstained. The constitutional amendments … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] filed a personal privacy violation complaint [text, PDF] on Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] against Google [corporate website]. The complaint outlines that the default "sync" setting of Chromebooks [product website] sold to schools allows Google to track and maintain … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2015
by Xiaoying Zhang of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Xiaoying Zhang of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law discusses how patent ownership disclosure should be regulated... On June 4, 2013, the White House issued five executive actions designed to increase the transparency of the patent system, ensure the highest-quality patents, reduce abusive patent litigation and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, warned [press release] Monday that the increasing polarization of the political parties in Cambodia is reaching a breaking point. Smith is concerned about the possible human rights implication of the polarization. She said that "elected … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Iranian state news service on Sunday announced the sentencing [Washington Post report] of a Washington Post journalist to an unspecified prison term after he was convicted on charges that include espionage. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, announced the sentence of journalist Jason Rezaian … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was removed as a member of the country's National Assembly [official website] on Monday, paving the way for his arrest in connection with a defamation case following his return from South Korea. The National Assembly's standing committee approved [press release, in Cambodian] Rainsy's arrest … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] against part of the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] surveillance program that collects domestic phone records in bulk. Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] said that the program was most likely … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Monday that Saudi Arabia has executed a record 151 people this year, the highest number since 1995. In 2014 the total number of executions carried out was 90, and so far this year the number is up by 68 percent. AI … [read more]

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