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Legal News
1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two minors for the murder of a Palestinian teenager. The court sentenced one of the minors to life in prison while the other received 21 years as they were believed to have had a lesser role in the crime. A third minor is awaiting … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez [official profile] on Thursday called [press release] on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] A court in Lisbon, Portugal, ruled on Friday that a former CIA operative shall be extradited to Italy to serve a seven-year sentence for her involvement in the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Operative Sabrina De Sousa was one of 26 former … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Dec 2015
by Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Kendra Julian of Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the need for states to enact hate crime legislation...We don't like you. Get out. You don't belong. We're superior to you. These phrases all lead to a common message—a message of fear and intimidation. Unfortunately, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] condemned [press release] Boko Haram on Sunday for the group's alleged involvement in a triple suicide attack on the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad Saturday that left more than 30 dead and injured over 130. The attack [Al Jazeera report] targeted a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Dec 2015
by Robbie Sabel of Hebrew University Jerusalem
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Robbie Sabel, of the Hebrew University Jerusalem, discusses the continued violence in Israel ... In recent weeks Israel has been facing a wave of "individual" terrorism and the Israel Authorities are in a dilemma as to how to combat it within existing legal restraints. In the past, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Israeli court on Monday found two Israeli minors guilty of murdering and kidnapping Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian minor, in 2014 in Jerusalem. The minors, whose names were not mentioned in court proceedings [Al Jazeera report], will face sentencing in January and will be able to appeal their … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

There is evidence of recent unlawful police killings in Mexico said [press release] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The report suggests that police action which left eight civilians dead in the city of Apatzingán on January 6, and 42 civilians and one police officer dead in Tanhuato … [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
13 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Mexico's attorney general on Sunday released a 54,000-page file [text, in Spanish] detailing the Mexican government's investigation into last year's disappearance of 43 students. Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez provided the partially-redacted document through Twitter [official account, in Spanish] following repeated calls by Mexico's National Transparency Institute [advocacy website, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government reached an agreement on Wednesday regarding punishing civil rights abuses, a move commended [press release] by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile]. The two parties met in Cuba after 32 months of negotiations. Colombian … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking the use of two drugs for lethal injections. The order was issued [AP report] in a phone conference with Jim Craig, a lawyer for two plaintiffs challenging … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Shafqat Hussain, a man convicted of kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old child in 2004, was hanged on Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan. This case has attracted ongoing international attention, as his execution [Daily Times report] was postponed four times for legal challenges and further investigation. Hussain's lawyers and family have … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

After suicide bombings last Sunday in Fotokol by two women wearing burkas, Northern Cameroon on Wednesday banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils. The suicide bombers smuggled the bombs into public areas by hiding them under their veils. The attack, initiated by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Amnesty International urged [AI report] Cameroon Friday to end the six month detention of 84 children being held after a raid on Quranic schools. AI reports that some of the children were as young as five years old. The children remained detained in a children's center in Maroua even … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan. Mojaheed, the Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] was originally sentenced [JURIST report] by … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Eritrean government has committed "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations," according to a report [materials] released Monday by a panel of UN investigators. The investigators were denied access to Eritrea but were able to conduct their investigation through confidential interviews and submissions. The report asserts that the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 May 2015
by Allen Rostron of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is taking limited steps … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [offical website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday expressed concern [UN report] over attacks in Mali in which members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) [advocacy website] were specifically targeted, resulting in numerous casualties. So far, the UN has reported … [read more]

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