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Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Vatican City State Tribunal [official website] on Saturday delayed [press release] the child abuse trial of former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski due to an "unexpected illness" that resulted in hospitalization. The accused, formerly stationed in the Dominican Republic, is charged with pedophilia and possession of child pornography. Reports … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution on Wednesday calling [press release] the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage [BBC report] by using the same term … [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]

Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report [text, PDF] published Friday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. This number equals the total death count [AP report] recorded between 2010 and … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website], Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] joined Tuesday to condemn the Cuban government's detentions of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders. According to rights activists in Havana, an estimated 100 pro-democracy activists have … [read more]

Legal News
27 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously reversed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty … [read more]

15 Nov 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Europe, the source of many immigrants to the American colonies, is defined by a history of interaction between the church and the state. In 1095, European noblemen responded to the pleas of the Catholic Pope Urban II and embarked on the First Crusade. The Catholic Church and European leaders maintained … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release, PDF] Wednesday that Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [official website] was justified in its decision that withholding certain invasive treatments would be in the best interests of critical care patient David James, despite resistance from the patient's … [read more]

Legal News
5 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called for [press release] Cuba to release five prisoners whom the group has called "prisoners of conscience." AI reported that the five prisoners are indicative of the continuing repression of speech that exists in the country. Cuba denies holding political prisoners [AP … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Dissident groups, such as the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said Sunday that the Cuban government imprisoned more than 6,000 political activists last year. This is more than 2,000 more than were arrested in 2011. Most prisoners are released within a few days, but the groups … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2012
by John Paul Regan

[JURIST] The French Council of Ministers [official website, in French] approved a draft bill [press release] Wednesday providing same-sex couples with the right to marry. The bill extends the rights of marriage, including adoption rights, to same-sex couples living in France without altering current legal marriage and adoptive relationships. The … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in Vatican City on Saturday sentenced the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI [official website] to eighteen months in prison for leaking confidential papal documents. Paolo Gabriele was convicted on charges of theft for stealing confidential papers from the Vatican [Al Jazeera report], photocopying them and … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] ruled in favor of the Vatican on Monday by holding that priests are not employees of the Holy See [official website], the ecclesiastical, governmental and administrative capital of the Roman Catholic Church. The 10-year-old case … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Cuban government on Thursday to stop harassing and detaining political and human rights activists. AI's call for an end to harassment by Cuban authorities came in the wake of Cuba releasing prominent political activist Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia on Wednesday … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US government and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized Cuba [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for the arrest and detention of more than 40 activists who were attending the funeral of prominent dissident Oswaldo Jose Paya Sardinas [official website, in Spanish] who died on Sunday in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the ongoing posthumous prosecution of former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is a violation of the rule of law and a mark of shame against the Russian judicial system...In 897 AD in what was called "the Cadaver Synod," Pope … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] sex crimes prosecutor warned bishops on Wednesday that they must follow rules in place for protecting victims of sexual abuse in the church or they risk being sanctioned. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the church appointed prosecutor in the ongoing clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] scandals, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2011
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website; JURIST news archive] issued a statement [press release] on Friday, chastising both the government of President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] and violent protesters regarding the continuous bloodshed in Syria. Approximately 44 people [Al Jazeera report] were killed Friday in two suicide car bomb … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The Cuban government announced Friday that the country will grant amnesty to and free 2,900 prisoners including those convicted of political crimes. The announcement was motivated by humanitarian concerns [AP report], in an effort by President Raul Castro to establish good will in anticipation of a visit by Pope … [read more]

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