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Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] certiorari in an appeal from two US citizens who were detained and tortured by US forces in Iraq. In Vance v. Rumsfeld [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court was asked to consider whether federal courts may entertain … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday revived [opinion, PDF] a 2008 lawsuit [JURIST report] against the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] alleging discriminatory hiring practices based on political affiliation. Former DOJ intern Sean Gerlich alleges that he was denied … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2012
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website], sitting en banc Wednesday, ruled [opinion, PDF] that two American citizens cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] for alleged torture by US soldiers in Iraq. The plaintiffs, who worked for a private security firm … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School argues that Attorney General Eric Holder should have given some explanation for his decision to refrain from prosecuting any suspects after spending years investigating the Central Intelligence Agency's abuse of interrogation methods that led to the deaths of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] During the administration of former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive], the US government tortured opponents of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] and transferred them to Libya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced in a report [PDF] released Wednesday. The report, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu [backgrounder] on Sunday called [Observer op-ed] for former US president George W. Bush and former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for their roles in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [advocacy website] on Friday found former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] and seven administration officials guilty of war crimes [press release] after a symbolic trial. The five-member tribunal convicted Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney, former defense … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [official website] on Tuesday found former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] guilty of war crimes after a symbolic trial [JURIST report]. The duo was found guilty on charges in connection to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) [official website] will hold a symbolic four-day war crimes trial [press release] against former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] and other former US officials on charges in connection to the March … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a complaint [text, PDF] in the Surrey Provincial Court on behalf of four men against former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] on torture charges [press release]. Bush was in Surrey on Thursday to attend … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday urged the Canadian government to investigate [HRW press release] and arrest [AI press release] former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] for his role in torture, ahead of his travel to an economic summit in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Two rights organizations filed an indictment [text, PDF; case materials] against former US president George W Bush [JURIST news archive] with the Canada Department of Justice [official website] on Thursday accusing him of commissioning a torture program during his time in office. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] can be sued by a former US military contractor who claims he was tortured while imprisoned in Iraq. The man, whose identity … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Obama administration to begin a criminal investigation into alleged detainee abuses authorized by former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] following the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive]. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "Getting … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced Thursday that he would continue investigating the deaths of two detainees [press release] who died during interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website]. Former attorney general Michael Mukasey had appointed Assistant United States Attorney John Durham in 2008 to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2011
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy website] on Monday urged the signatory states of the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) [text] to pursue criminal charges [press release] against former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive]. The call came … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] No criminal charges will be brought against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officials for destroying videotapes of controversial interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration, a federal prosecutor announced [press release] Tuesday. US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] special prosecutor John Durham "has concluded that … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Bush administration officials for the firing of nine US Attorneys [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 2006. In a letter [text, PDF] sent from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to House … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) [official website] lawyers John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] and Jay Bybee [academic profile] have been cleared of allegations of wrongdoing in relation to their controversial memos asserting the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive], it … [read more]

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