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Legal News
19 hours ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Israeli parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a law [press release] that allows the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes if their lives are at risk. The law, which passed in a close vote of 46 - 40, requires that the force-feeding of an inmate be sanctioned by … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Wednesday released a report [official report] that points to evidence of war crimes committed by Israel in the August 2014 retaliation for the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. By analyzing hundreds of photos, videos, satellite images and eyewitness testimony, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Israel has decided to open a dialogue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on an investigation into Israel's conduct in the Gaza Strip last summer according to a Thursday report [Haaretz report] by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. An unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz that the ICC has no … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki [official profile] said Thursday that he had presented documents [press release, in Arabic] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to assist in the investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes. The documents describe the Israel occupation of the West Bank, treatment of Palestinian prisoners, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the appointment of an independent panel to review the organization's handling of allegations that French and African soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic from December 2013 to June 2014. The panel will be led … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A report [text, DOC; materials] released Monday by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict [official website] found that both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during the conflict. The 51 day Gaza Conflict [BBC backgrounder] resulted in widespread destruction and over a … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday addressed the challenges [statement] of upholding the fundamental rights of children in war zones, stating that protecting children is a "moral imperative and legal obligation." The Secretary-General spoke on the issue during an open debate on children and armed conflict which … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report [PDF] from the group published by UN Watch [advocacy website] on Friday. The High Level International Military Group … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURSIT] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Zivotofsky v. Kerry [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Constitution gives the president the exclusive power to recognize foreign sovereigns. Seeking to have his place of birth listed as "Israel" on his passport, Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky and his family appealed … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused [press release] Hamas forces of leading a series of abductions, torturous acts and unlawful killings against Palestinians. AI's report [report] documents the human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings often condoned by largely unaccountable Hamas authorities. Director of the Middle East and … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A military court in Israel on Thursday ordered Palestinian lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar, be released on bail. Under the terms of her release, she is to pay a 20,000-shekel (USD $5,000) bond with a third-party guarantee. She is to be held three additional days [Haaretz report] pending a possible appeal. … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A UN independent board of inquiry announced Monday that it uncovered evidence that at least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war. The investigation also found [AP report] that at least 227 Palestinians were injured. In response to the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp [JURIST report] have suffered "untold indignities" [UN News Centre report]. There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] on Sunday ordered a female Palestinian legislative council member, Khalida Jarrar, to serve a six-month detention without trial. Jarrar, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) [party website] has been placed under Israeli administrative detention [PFLP press release], … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry [official website, in Hebrew] had … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Palestine became the 123rd state party [press release] to the Rome Statute Wednesday, officially joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The Rome Statute of the ICC was signed and submitted [JURIST report] by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official profile] in January. A ceremony Wednesday included many ICC … [read more]

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