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Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Guatemalan prosecutors arrested 17 former military and government officials on Wednesday on charges of committing massacres and other human rights abuses during the Guatemalan civil war. Government security forces have been blamed [AP report] for the vast majority of the 245,000 killings and disappearances that occurred during the conflict. The … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Bolivian Legislative Assembly on Saturday approved a bill to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms. The amendment will allow current President Evo Morales to run for a fourth consecutive term in office. The bill, which was approved [JURIST report] by constitutional committee lawmakers on Tuesday, was passed … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] 14-2 Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear the case between Bolivia and Chile regarding land-locked Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia argued to the ICJ that Chile failed in its obligation to negotiate in good faith … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Bolivian legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms, allowing current President Evo Morales and his vice president to run for a fourth consecutive term in office. The president's party, Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won a two-thirds majority in the Legislative … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Bolivian top electoral court on Sunday confirmed the reelection of President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], making this the politician's third consecutive term. The president, who will serve in office until January 2020 [BBC report], received 61 percent of the vote. According to the electoral court, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Singapore and Indonesia on Wednesday signed a treaty [press release] establishing their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. According to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website], the agreement is a demonstration [Xinhua report] of how the two countries have been able … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Permanent Court of Arbitration [official website] in The Hague issued a ruling [court documents] Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday passed legislation permitting children as young as 10 to join the workforce as long as it does not interfere with one's education and is done independently in an effort to provide for their family. The U.N. International Labor Organization's … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jun 2014
by Linda Tashbook of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Linda Tashbook of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the constitutionality of the Los Angeles law prohibiting the use of a vehicle for living quarters... Nothing offends constitutional sensibilities quite like a local ordinance that sets police against poor people as a way of cleaning-up … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice [official website] laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership [AP report] to the land … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] At the completion of a five day assessment of Jordan's implementation of water and sanitation access for all, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque [official profile] released a preliminary report [press release] concluding that Jordan's current access system to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food [official website], Olivier De Schutter, on Friday praised the international community's collective adoption of laws, policies and strategies further entrenching the right to food over the past decade. De Schutter emphasized [press release] in his final report to the UN General … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Bolivian ambassador to the UN, Sacha Llorenti, claimed on Wednesday that it was an act of aggression for European countries to deny the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales [BBC profile], the right to fly through their airspace. Llorenti alleged that international law had been violated by those countries, … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera signed into law Tuesday a constitutional amendment that will allow President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to run for a third term. The Bolivian Constitution [text, in Spanish] only allows a president to serve two terms. However, last month the Bolivian … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Bolivian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill allowing incumbent President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to seek a third term in the nation's 2014 elections. Bolivia's lower house approved the bill 84 to 33 [MercoPress report] despite the single re-election provision in the Bolivian Constitution [text, in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] Bolivia's Constitutional Tribunal ruled Monday that President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can run for a third election term despite the single re-election provision in the Bolivian Constitution [text, in Spanish]. The constitution was amended [JURIST report] in 2009 after Morales's first term in office began in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Alba Morales, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, argues that indigent defendants are not receiving proper instructions regarding their right to counsel, a problem leading to uneducated plea bargains...The day's business in the Midland County Court Court-at-Law #2 in Midland, Texas, begins promptly at 9 a.m. every … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque [official profile] on Friday applauded [press release] a new California law [AB 685, PDF] creating a right to safe drinking water. Assemblymember Mike Eng [official website] sponsored the legislation, which declares "the established … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Bolivian Supreme Court of Justice [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday convicted seven officials—five military officers and two former cabinet ministers—of committing genocide. The military officials received sentences of 10–15 years while the former cabinet ministers received three-year sentences for complicity in the murders. The convicted leaders are … [read more]

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