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Academic Commentary
5 days ago
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Sep 2015
by Arvind Narrain of ARC International

JURIST Guest Columnist Arvind Narrain of ARC discusses the intricacies of the definition of family in the international human rights arena and what this means for LGBTI people, women and children...A significant development in the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council was the passing of a deeply controversial resolution … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Myanmar President Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill into law on Monday, prohibiting marriage to more than one spouse or living with an unmarried partner, which many view as an attack on the minority Muslim population in the country. The bill [Reuters report] is one of four recent laws … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Kuwait prosecutors announced Tuesday that 29 people will face trial for their participation in the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque last month, which left 26 people dead and 227 others critically injured. According to the Kuwait News Agency [official website; Kuwait Times report], those facing trial are made … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thailand on Thursday deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that the refugees will experience severe treatment upon returning. Significant opposition to the decision [Bangkok Post report] erupted as pro-Uighur protesters attacked [BBC report] the Thai consulate in Istanbul, leading to security forces pepper spraying the crowd. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin [docket; cert. petition], Abigail Fisher brought suit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), alleging that its race-conscious admission program violated the Equal … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that the country had certified the citizenship of thousands whose status had been in question for almost a decade. Their citizenship was in question [AP report] based on their Haitan-immigrant-parents illegal entry into the country. As a result, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Monday in Mellouli v. Lynch [SCOTUSblog materials] that an immigrant's conviction for concealing unnamed pills in his sock did not trigger removal under under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) [text]. The INA provides that non-citizens may be deported if … [read more]

Legal News
25 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Rights groups on Monday criticized Myanmar's newly signed birth-spacing law, which requires some mothers to space the births of their children three years apart. The law, signed [JURIST report] by Myanmar President Thein Sein [official website] on Saturday, was represented by the government as a healthcare bill intended to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] France's top court, the Conseil Constitutionnel [official website, in French] on Friday upheld [text, in French] a decision from 2013 to strip Franco-Moroccan terrorist Ahmed Sahnouni el-Yaacoubi of his French nationality following a conviction for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Sahnouni, a naturalized citizen since 2003, appealed to the … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] reached a settlement [press release] Thursday in a case against the US government challenging the constitutionality of detaining Muslim men as material witnesses without sufficient cause. The case alleged that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the US government implemented a discriminatory … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Angelique Devaux of French Qualified Attorney

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux, French Qualified Attorney, discusses the newest occurrences of succession in Europe ...It is just the beginning of 2015, and it is accompanied by a number of new reforms, new laws and new regulations that shall be implemented along with the New Year. 2015 shall be … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Dec 2014
by Elinor Fry of VU University Amsterdam

JURIST Guest Columnist Elinor Fry, of VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, discusses the ICC's problematic jurisdiction over foreign Islamic state fighters...In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung published on November 20, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said her office is considering the possibility of investigating acts … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2014
by Jean-Marie Kamatali of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lèse-majesté...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on lèse-majesté, the military government has not only resisted this pressure but has … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday to withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website], raising concerns about the welfare of the country's migrant population. Following a 1999 report [text] that criticized the Dominican Republic's treatment of Haitians, the IACHR issued a motion of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2014
by Roland Adjovi of Arcadia University

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. She was actively involved in the major military … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] a complaint [complaint, PDF] with the Department of Homeland Security and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [official websites] alleging widespread sexual abuse and harassment taking place at the immigration family detention center of … [read more]

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