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Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Lebanese journalist Karma Khayat was fined €10,000 Monday following her refusal to take down Internet videos made in 2012. The videos risked exposing [Reuters report] the identities of witnesses in the case of the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri. Khayat had been ordered by the court … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website] on Friday handed down [press release] its first judgment, finding journalist Karma Khayat in contempt of court for not removing a broadcast made in 2012. The STL, set up to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged [press release] leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday asked [order list, PDF] for the Obama administration's position on an appeal [docket] by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt [official profile, PDF], on Thursday praised [press release] Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of coexisting … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appealed [press release] for an increase in funding to help Syrian refugees. The new UNHCR report entitled Living in the Shadows [UNHCR report] highlights the condition of these refugees and shows many of them falling into deeper … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Nabil al-Fadhl, a member of the Kuwait [BBC backgrounder] parliament said Sunday that he may be charged with insulting the predominantly-Muslim nation after making a comment in support of the legalized sale of alcohol. The lawmaker first introduced a proposal to repeal a Kuwaiti law banning dance in public … [read more]

Academic Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer Lawrence, referring to the hacked … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Lebanon's Minister of Justice [official website] on Saturday called for the "sternest punishments" to the individuals in Beirut who burned the flags of the militant groups the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front. It is reported [Asharq Al-Awsat report] that Minister Ashraf Rifi issued a highly … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Bilal Khan of United Kingdom's government sector

JURIST Guest Columnist Bilal Khan discusses the legal implications of the use of force against ISIS in IRAQ... The Factual Background The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made headlines in June, when it escalated its offensives in Iraq. By June 10, it had captured Iraq's second largest … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] Teenagers as young as 15 have been recruited to join armed groups in Syria and have been fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to a report [text; press release] issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. According to HRW, some of these teenagers even become … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court in Egypt sentenced the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie [Washington Institute backgrounder], to death on Thursday for the second time in three months. Badie was sentenced [Daily Star Lebanon report] along with 13 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2014
by Sascha Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage in an overt and open … [read more]

Professional Commentary
19 Apr 2014
by Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised [press release] the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure [text, PDF], which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the results of the Global Study on Homicide 2013 (GSH) [official websites] which detailed the global prevalence of intentional homicides, finding 437,000 homicides in 2012. The UNODC collected [UN News Centre report] a wide breadth of statistical data including identities … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Lebanon's parliament [official website, in Arabic] passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by woman's rights groups triggered [AFP report] by the death of multiple woman [AP report] allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic violence sparked large-scale protests … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2014
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The National Coalition [official website, in Arabic], the main opposition group in Syria, announced [text, press release] on Monday that it will not attend peace talks this week in Switzerland unless the UN withdraws its invitation to Iran to attend the talks. In a press release, National Coalition head … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday warned [press release] Syrian opposition groups that recent mass executions are in violation of international human rights, and that these acts may also constitute war crimes. Pillay claimed that she has received numerous reports from reliable eyewitness … [read more]

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