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Legal News
8 hours ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda [official profile] approved a new law on Thursday that grants the government [press release, in Polish] greater access to digital data and broader use of surveillance for law enforcement. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) [party website, in Polish], which won a parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 days ago
by Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2016, is the tenth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Reyes discusses why warrantless searches of cell phones by the police may not be the best … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [press release] for the South Korean government to pass legislation that would promote human rights in North Korea. A divisive bill proposed in 2005 provides for the creation of a North Korean Human Rights Foundation (NKHRF) and a system to document … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Texas grand jury has found no criminal wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] over allegations of selling fetal tissue, instead indicting [indictments, PDF] two activists responsible for releasing videos that spurred the allegations. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Monday that Center … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Thousands of people in Poland on Saturday protested the government's planned changes to a certain law that would increase its surveillance over Polish citizens. The proposed change to the law, initiated by the ruling Law and Justice Party, would expand [PressTV report] the government's rights to access digital data … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] called [press release] Friday for leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] to be held criminally responsible for the human rights conditions in the nation. While on a five-day mission in Japan, following a recent nuclear test [BBC report] by North … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] warned [press release] Tuesday that the current state of emergency and law on surveillance in France may impose "disproportionate restrictions on fundamental freedoms." The four UN experts shared their concerns [public statement, in French) with French … [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]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Germany's Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] ruled [press release, in German] Thursday that a Facebook [corporate website] feature is unlawful. Confirming two lower court decisions, the court ruled that Facebook's "friend finder" feature constitutes advertising harassment. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 when the Federation of German … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against anti-abortion activists. The organization claims criminal misconduct by the activists who produced undercover videos [BBC report] discussing the handling and sale of fetal tissue at … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday certified class action status in a lawsuit alleging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) [official websites] specifically targeted conservative tea party groups. Judge Susan Dlott filed a sealed order to protect privacy interests but said … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The Ontario Superior Court [official website] on Thursday ruled that police orders requiring telecommunications companies to hand over cellphone user data breached the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms [text, PDF]. The orders, labeled "tower dumps," demanded [Globe and Mail report] that Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Tamara Fields, the widow of a defense contractor killed in an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in November, filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against social media website Twitter alleging the company knowingly permitted IS to use their network to spread extremist propaganda. The complaint was filed in the US District … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that an employer may monitor an employee's private communications when the communications are transmitted with the employer's Internet and hardware. The applicant, Bogdan Barbulescu, was employed as an engineer in charge of sales at a private company … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Alexander Burns of Valparaiso University discusses growing pains associated with law enforcement body cameras use, implementation, and pending Indiana legislation...In this article I will address several legal and practical issues presented by law enforcement body cameras including: privacy concerns for victims, juveniles and witnesses, especially when an … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] legislation that would increase sanctions against North Korea for its continuation of nuclear testing. The Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] amended the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act [HR 757, PDF] to include ways to prevent North Kore from … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The European Commission [official website] on Tuesday reached an agreement [press release] on data protection regulations concerning how digital information is to be collected and managed across the EU. The EU Data Protection Reform [legislative materials] was initiated in 2012 and was approved following final negotiations by both the European … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican human rights activist, on Thursday challenged [press release] the constitutionality of Jamaica's Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 [text, PDF], which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men, in the Supreme Court of Jamaica [official website]. The complaint alleges that sections 76, 77 and 79 of … [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]

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