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14 Sep 2015
by Christopher Dellana

After years of prevailing social, political and economic difficulties, the people of Iran deposed their king, elevated a clerical exile to the seat of power and ushered in a new era: this was the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The king, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, was the figurehead for the country's … [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]

Professional Commentary
3 Jul 2014
by Bilal Khan of United Kingdom's government sector
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Bilal Khan discusses the legal implications of the use of force against ISIS in IRAQ... The Factual Background The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) made headlines in June, when it escalated its offensives in Iraq. By June 10, it had captured Iraq's second largest … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], the UN's highest court, issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile [BBC backgrounders] on Monday. The ICJ granted [press release, PDF] Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. Previously, Juzdan explored the the difficulty of identifying who the rebels are and what their overreaching goals are in the Syrian civil war. In … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization [official website] Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) [text] came into force [ILO press release] on Thursday, extending basic labor rights to workers in signatory countries. The convention became binding international law to a number of countries, prompting many to begin implementing legislative reforms aimed … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [advocacy website] on Monday filed an emergency petition [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] challenging the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] telephone record surveillance program. EPIC is arguing [press release, PDF] that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) exceeded … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A group of independent UN experts on Tuesday urged the government of El Salvador to reconsider its strict abortion ban [press release] in light of a recent ruling by its Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] The decision denied a 22-year-old woman, Beatriz, the right to an abortion. Beatriz's … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2012
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] began hearings on Monday regarding a longtime border dispute between Chile and Peru [BBC profiles]. Peru first filed its application [press release, PDF; JURIST report] with the ICJ in 2008 alleging that Chile refused to enter into negotiations over the disputed … [read more]

Legal News
2 Dec 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The presidents of both Colombia and Nicaragua [BBC profiles] on Saturday expressed hope for avoiding war and using dialogue to resolve a territorial and maritime dispute following a recent ruling [text, PDF] on the issue by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website]. The ICJ ended the dispute … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ended a long-running territorial and maritime dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua [BBC profiles] by ruling [judgment, PDF] Monday that Colombia has sovereignty over a group of small islands in the western Caribbean, while Nicaragua has control over a large amount of … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] South Korea's Constitutional Court [official website, in Korean] ruled on Thursday that the nation's 59-year-old ban on abortions is constitutional. The eight-judge panel was deadlocked 4-4 [AP report] in deciding whether to uphold the abortion ban, but six votes were needed to overturn it. South Korea banned abortions in … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Jul 2012

JURIST Senior Editor Kimberly Bennett, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, posits that human rights violations taking place in rural, economically disadvantaged communities are most likely to be reconciled through the harmonization of corporations and the locality they inhabit... (Her opinions are not intended to represent those … [read more]

Legal News
30 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish] has called for stricter regulations on abortions [JURIST backgrounder] and Caesarean births in Turkey, a Turkish television network reported Tuesday. Among his desired reforms are restricting the reasons a woman may seek an abortion, limiting the time period in … [read more]

Professional Commentary
8 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Scott Shackelford of Indiana University, Kelley School of Business says that the recent decision by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on genocide raises pertinent questions about the legal standards used to prosecute those who commit the ultimate human rights abuse...On January 25, 2012, the Court of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says the US and other aggressors in the Iraq War have not had to face legal recourse for their numerous violations of international law in the invasion and … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2011
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A second major tobacco company, Imperial Tobacco, Ltd. [corporate website], on Tuesday filed an action in Australia's High Court [official website] challenging the country's new tobacco packaging laws. Last month, Parliament [official website] approved [JURIST report] the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill [text], which removes descriptive colors and logos from … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Sixteen Latin American, Caribbean and South American governments have filed supporting briefs in a lawsuit filed last week [JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] challenging the South Carolina's newly adopted immigration law [SB 20 text]. The briefs contend that the new law will "impede … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Voters in Liechtenstein on Sunday rejected a proposal to legalize abortion [JURIST news archive] in the country after Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein [official profile], the acting Head of State, expressed displeasure with the law [press release, PDF in German] and threatened to veto the proposed change. The referendum, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The governments of Mexico and several other countries, along with the Anti-Defamation League [advocacy website] filed amicus briefs on Thursday in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] class action lawsuit [JURIST report] against Georgia's new immigration law [HB 87 text]. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa … [read more]

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