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Legal News
1 day ago
by Kasey Tuttle

A German court on Thursday began the trial of a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. The accused, Reinhold Hanning, voluntarily joined the armed Schuzstaffel (SS) when he was 18 years old and was was transferred to Auschwitz two years later where he served … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday stressed [official statement] the importance of education to prevent new genocides, speaking at an event acknowledging the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The Secretary-General spoke at an event at UN headquarters in New York … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Danish lawmakers [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [text, PDF, in Danish] that will allow Danish authorities to seize assets from immigrants seeking asylum in order to cover their expenses. Under the law, police will be allowed to search and seize [The Local report] immigrants' cash or … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A German court on Monday announced that Hubert Z, a 95-year-old German man accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people at Auschwitz, will stand trial next month. Because of Germany's privacy laws Hubert Z's last name has not been released, but it is known that … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A German court on Tuesday allowed the trial of a 95-year-old German man, Hubert Z, accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people at Auschwitz. Hubert Z. had previously been deemed too fragile to stand trial, but Tuesday's decision [Reuters report] reversed the lower court. Because … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release, in Ukrainian] Thursday that recognizes the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide. On May 18, 1944, under orders from Josef Stalin, more than 180,000 indigenous people were deported from Crimea on the grounds that the Tatar people … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A German court deemed Monday that a 93-year-old former SS sergeant, charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly serving as a Nazi camp prison guard, is fit for trial. Reinhold H, whose last name was withheld for privacy, was declared by a doctor to be fit … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A 91-year-old German woman was charged today for her role at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp [in Polish] as an SS radio operator from April to June 1944. German prosecutors from the state of Schleswig-Holstein [official website, in German] announced that the woman, whose name was not disclosed due to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday refused extradition requests for a Rwandan man facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Joseph Habyarimana allegedly incited the murder of monks when he worked in a monastery in 1994. Authorities accuse Habyarimana of identifying Tutsi monks to killers. The court … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi [BBC profile] on Saturday accepted [Aljazeera report] the resignation of his prime minister and and his cabinet. The resignation comes after former Agriculture Minister was detained [JURIST report] on Monday, after an investigation headed by the country's prosecutor revealed that the minister and others … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Egypt's former Agriculture Minister [official website] was detained Monday after an investigation headed by the country's prosecutor revealed that the minister and others received bribes amounting to over USD $1 million. The detention of former minister Salah el-Din Helal came after he resigned at the request of President Abdel … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif [BBC backgrounder] to five years in prison on during a retrial graft charges. Nazif served during the presidency of Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] until the start of the Egyptian Uprising [Aljazeera timeline] in 2011, and was convicted of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Oskar Groening, a former Nazi SS officer known as the "accountant of Auschwitz," on Monday appealed the four-year jail sentence imposed on him [JURIST report] last week. Groening's attorney has submitted an appeal in the German Federal Court of Justice [official website], arguing that the Luneburg court that convicted … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Germany's Lüneberg District Court [official website, in German] on Wednesday sentenced 94-year-old man dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz" to four years in prison for his role in the killing of 300,000 people. Last week prosecutors asked [JURIST report] for three and a half years imprisonment for Oskar Gröening for … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Prosecutors have asked for three and a half years imprisonment for Oskar Gröening, who is charged with 300,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder in Auschwitz before the Lüneberg District Court [official website, in German]. Gröening, 94-year-old former S.S. sergeant and Auschwitz guard, has been dubbed [Der … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Jun 2015
by Stoyan Panov of University College Freiburg
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University College Freiburg [German] briefly discusses the criminalization of crimes against humanity in Bulgaria ... In early May 2015 a group of 12 MPs in Bulgaria proposed an amendment bill [Bulgarian] to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Bulgaria with the purpose … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Vladimir Katriuk, an elite Nazi storm trooper and the second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list [materials] died Thursday at the age of 93. Katriuk passed away after battling a long illness, according to his lawyer. It is alleged that Katriuk, a Ukrainian national, was a … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Serbian court on Thursday politically rehabilitated a World War II royalist executed nearly 70 years ago on convictions of collaborating with Nazis. Serbian nationalist Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic was an officer of the royal army when the Nazis invaded. Mihailovic allegedly began collaborating with the invaders and joined with … [read more]

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