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Legal News
1 day ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Jul 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Ibero-American University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres, of Ibero-American University, discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the US... The Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued its anticipated opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges [PDF]. Regardless of what your view on the decision might be, Obergefell v. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A group of leading computer scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT [academic website] on Monday published a paper [text, PDF; press release] criticizing the US and UK governments for seeking the redesign of internet systems to allow governments to access information even if encrypted. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [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]


Professional Commentary
5 Jul 2015
by Christopher M. Kieser of Pacific Legal Foundation

JURIST Guest Columnists Brian Hodges and Christopher Kieser discuss the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Horne v. Department of Agriculture...On June 22 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled [PDF] in favor of Fresno-area raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, concluding that a program requiring raisin … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2015
by Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law discusses the Amnesty International Report condemning US for police use of force... Amnesty International last week harshly criticized the US for not providing standards strictly limiting the use of lethal force by police to those occasions when no other … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [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]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [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
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture [SCOTUSblog materials] that a program requiring California raisin growers to hand over a percentage of their harvest to the government violated the takings clause [LII backgrounder] of the Fifth Amendment. Under regulations citing … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. The case involves a sexual harassment claim … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Mata v. Lynch [SCOTUSblog materials] that a federal appeals court has jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) rejection of an alien's motion to reopen his or her case. The US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]


Features
10 Jun 2015

The Patriot Act [PDF] was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act itself, approved without amendment and little opposition in the House and Senate, included a provision for a counterterrorism fund, fortified and amended existing government surveillance activities, altered the process for prosecuting certain … [read more]

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