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Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Reforms in Bahrain have failed to end serious human rights violations, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday. The 79-page report [text, PDF] claims that activists are still being jailed and detainees have been mistreated and tortured. The government implemented the reforms four years ago after anti-government protests began … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday signed into law [press release] the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act [HR 5059] in order to combat increasing suicide rates among American veterans suffering form post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act was passed by a unanimous Congress and … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law [text] states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] on Wednesday rejected [transcript; NOM press release] an attempt [motion] by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) [advocacy website] to intervene in litigation to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban. NOM presented the petition in … [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]


Professional Commentary
11 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Drew F. Cohen, a clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa, discusses the consequences of the Southern African Development Community endorsing Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's re-election...Despite requests from Botswana to open an investigation into voter fraud, southern African leaders closed ranks several weeks ago at a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Monday announced a new concession proposal from Google [corporate website] in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces [Reuters report] USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors content and promoting … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Corbett of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School says that the Fifth Circuit's decision concerning cell site location information is constitutionally sound and that, for the time being, lower courts will have to work through its related privacy implications without the Supreme Court's direct guidance...In the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The constitutional court of Zimbabwe ruled Tuesday that July's presidential elections [JURIST news archive] were fair, effectively allowing President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to continue his 33-year rule. This ruling is controversial because the complaint by presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] on Friday dropped [press release] a legal challenge against the recent presidential election results, claiming that they would not receive a fair hearing. President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] who has governed Zimbabwe since it gained its independence in 1980, and his … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Prosecutors from the US Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday unsealed a criminal complaint [text, PDF] that was filed last month against two men for illegally lobbying US lawmakers on behalf of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The complaint … [read more]


Features
19 Jul 2013

Even since human slavery was officially banned through the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, human trafficking continues to present an ongoing problem in the US and abroad. The US State Department reports [PDF] that between two to four million individuals are trafficked worldwide annually, with at least 17,500 of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
14 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sapphire Jule King of the International Freedom Coalition argues that states need to enact comprehensive legislation to protect the homeless...Rhode Island's Homeless Bill of Rights, the first in the nation, makes history by protecting individuals and families experiencing homelessness from discrimination. However, the landmark legislation [PDF] fails … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Sanford of the University of Washington School of Law says that the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding the Affordable Care Act will have lasting effects not only for the nation's health care system, but also for the future interpretation of several key constitutional provisions...In its keenly … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday issued a per curiam opinion [text, PDF], striking down a century-old campaign finance law in Montana that restricts the amount of money corporations can spend on campaigns. In American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court found that the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Jones, Executive Director for the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, says that Connecticut's repeal of the death penalty is one of the first of a trend of states moving away from capital punishment ...Last month, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation that five years … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The UK High Court ruled on Monday that British Internet service providers (ISPs) must block the file sharing website The Pirate Bay [website]. All of the ISPs, except one which requested additional time to consider the ruling, have one week to comply with the ruling [Guardian report]. The lobbying … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Stan Goldman of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, says federal law already authorizes states to criminally prosecute perpetrators of genocidal crimes, and that Turkish annoyance is not a legitimate basis to invalidate a civil remedy against those responsible for the Armenian genocide...The US Court of Appeals for … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday blocked enforcement [order, PDF] of a Montana Supreme Court ruling, which upheld a state law [JURIST report] limiting the amount of money corporations can spend on campaigns, until it can consider an appeal from the corporations challenging the law. The Montana … [read more]

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