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Student Commentary
15 Sep 2015
by Harrison Thorne of UCLA School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Harrison Thorne of UCLA School of Law discusses the possible implications that a recent decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit might bear on internships ... Employees are entitled to many benefits, including minimum wage, overtime wage, social security tax contributions, insurance (disability, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2015
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses Egypt's anti-terrorism law... After the revolution of 2011, which resulted in President Hosni Mubarak being forced to step down, delegating his powers to the armed forces, Egypt witnessed a huge wave of factional protest movements and escalated violence, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Aug 2015
by Bruce Aronson of Hitotsubashi University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Aronson of Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy discusses the controversy surrounding Japanese corporate governance practices...A third-party investigative report released on July 20, 2015, found that Toshiba Corporation had padded its profits by $1.2 billion (1.5 billion yen) over the past six years. The … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former UK bank trader Tom Hayes [BBC profile] was convicted Monday of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. Following a unanimous jury verdict, Judge Jeremy Cooke [official profile] sentenced Hayes to 14 years in prison for attempting to rig the London interbank offered rate (Libor) [WSJ market data]. Hayes, … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] California drought regulators on Tuesday proposed [press release] a first-of-its-kind $1.5 million fine against an irrigation district that allegedly took water illegally. The State Water Resources Control Board [official website], a subset of the California Environmental Protection Agency [official website], proposed the draft Administrative Civil Liability Complaint [notice, PDF] … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Jul 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses the benefits of Michigan's No-Fault Insurance Act and the need to protect it... Michigan has the most comprehensive no-fault auto insurance laws in the nation, but a series of no-fault reform bills have threatened the law this legislative session. The efforts … [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]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [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]

Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) [official website] downgraded [official report] the security rating of Thailand's aviation sector from Category 1 to Category 2 on Thursday. The agency clarified that the designation as a "significant safety concern (SSC) does not necessarily indicate a particular safety deficiency in the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases Monday. In Shapiro v. Mack [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will hear a challenge to the Three Judge Court Act [28 USC § 2284], which requires the convening of a three-judge district court to decide … [read more]

Legal News
18 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan [SCOTUSblog materials] that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 May 2015
by Mark Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Law

JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in need of addressing … [read more]

Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Dutch appellate court ruled Wednesday that Gen. Thom Karremans, who ordered Bosnian Muslims away from a UN peacekeeping compound during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], will not be prosecuted. Karremans, along with two other soldiers, faced charges for forcing three Bosnian Muslim men to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [text] entitled "Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots." The report analyzes the hurdles involved in holding anyone (programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel) accountable for deaths caused by fully autonomous weapons, or "killer robots," that … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF; press release] the majority of convictions for Bosnian Serb army General Zdravko Tolimir [case materials] for his involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder]. Tolimir was arrested in Serbia in … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [judgment] six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Hundreds of individuals on Wednesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] for medical malpractice against Johns Hopkins University [university website] for its role in government medical experiments that took place in Guatemala in the 1940s and 50s. During this time, individuals were deliberately infected with venereal diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhea, … [read more]

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