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Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday announced new international adoption legislation as well as a review of pending cases since the country banned non-residents from adopting in 2013. The new legislation would mandate [AP report] an in-person hearing from anyone who looks to adopt … [read more]

Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was detained last year after returning from treating Ebola patients in Africa, has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against New Jersey government officials for holding her against her will and violating her constitutional rights. The lawsuit, which was filed against Governor Chris Christie [official … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Hundreds of individuals on Wednesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] for medical malpractice against Johns Hopkins University [university website] for its role in government medical experiments that took place in Guatemala in the 1940s and 50s. During this time, individuals were deliberately infected with venereal diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhea, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website] and former prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The arrest warrant comes in response to Zia's failure to appear [AP report] in court in the two … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still homeless as a result of government policy failures, forced evictions and failed short-term relief solutions, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF; press release] Thursday. According to the report, the influx … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2014
by Anastasiia Shtanieva of
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the date of adoption of the Universal Declaration … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] issued a press release [text] Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted conflicts … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Qatar [official website] appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple who faced charges of parental neglect after their adopted daughter passed away. Matthew and Grace Huang's daughter was eight years old and was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana. The daughter's cause of death reported by Qatar's … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Nov 2014
by Nathaniel R. Helms of
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applied to a far more reprehensible event that … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Nov 2014
by Kateryna Dronova of VoxUkraine
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Kateryna Dronova, of VoxUkraine, discusses the Ukranian regulations governing IDP protection...On October 20, 2014 the Ukrainian Parliament passed the Law on the Rights and Freedoms of Internally Displaced People (hereinafter the Law on IDP). This piece of legislation generally makes a good impression on the public and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia [Forbes backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and other members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were indicted Wednesday on two corruption charges. Zia and three the other BNP officials have been accused of embezzling funds [BBC report] from a charitable trust named after … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma [official website, in Russian], on Friday unanimously approved a ban on the adoption of orphans by foreign same-sex couples and single foreign nationals who reside in countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The bill will need approval from the upper house and … [read more]

Student Commentary
8 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Brittany Giusini, Widener University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the negative impacts of the recent Russian ban on US-based adoptions...On January 14, 2013, Russia denied a petition, effectively preventing US citizens from adopting Russian children. Several commentators submit the ban is a response to US … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday expressed serious concern [press release] regarding the inefficacy of the allocation of state and donor resources used for the reconstruction of Haiti after a massive January 2010 earthquake [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] displaced more than 2.3 million people. AI estimates that … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University School of Law says that there is hope for compromise between Western legal systems and Islamic law regarding the adoption of children from Islamic countries..."There hasn't been a concerted push to open doors for Muslim orphans because the expectation would be … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Alice Farmer, a Children's Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch, says that in many cases of asylum, children are presumed to be adults and are detained as such in countries such as Malta...A typical child wants to be seen as an adult. Unfortunately, some children who seek … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Jun 2012

JURIST Columnist Courtney Joslin, writing the sixth installment of a column authored by the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Law, says that a Supreme Court decision regarding Social Security benefits for children conceived through in vitro fertilization may have implications for same-sex marriage rights...Who is a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
30 May 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First, explains that federal judges will continue to strike down terrorism laws that are overly broad...Last week, Judge Katherine Forrest decided that the US government's scheme for detaining terrorism suspects without charge or trial is unconstitutionally vague. Meanwhile, 238 … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Rodes of the University of Notre Dame Law School says that while some legal recognition of same-sex relationships has gained widespread support, creating same-sex marriage rights must be left to the democratic processes...Perry v. Brown is surely one of the most bizarre decisions that have emerged … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Three authors groups on Monday sued [complaint, PDF; press release] HathiTrust [official website] and five universities in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] over the digitizing of millions of copyright-protected books. The universities received permission from Google [corporate website] to scan approximately … [read more]

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