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Legal News
2 days ago
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] in a statement [press release] released on Friday urged all concerned countries to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice" scarring girls for life [UN news report], endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The German Cabinet [official website] approved new asylum laws on Wednesday in response to the hundreds of thousands of refugees [CFR backgrounder] that have entered the country since the beginning of 2015. The bill [press release] will speed up asylum procedures and related legal appeals and will bar entry into … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a Georgia death row inmate's legal challenge. The federal appeals court rejected inmate Brandon Astor Jones' challenge to Georgia law that shields the identity of the producer of the drug used in the execution … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [opnion, PDF] Tuesday that part of an abortion law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who provide abortions is unconstitutional. Section A(2)(a) of Act 620 [text, PDF] mandates that a doctor have hospital admitting … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2016
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of the California Western School of Law discusses the latest challenge to President Obama's immigration policy...Speculation about whether the US Supreme Court would wade into controversial issues involving immigration policy and presidential power—in an election year, no less—is over. On Tuesday, January 19, the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2016
by David G. Delaney of Maurer School of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist David G. Delaney, assistant Professor at Maurer School of Law discusses historic and current cyber legislation... No one should doubt that Congress's record on cyberspace issues is dismal. The Bush and Obama administrations both bemoaned Congress's expertise and engagement in this field. Much of its legislation follows … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Musacchio v. US [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that sufficiency of the evidence appeals should not be based on the elements in an erroneous jury instruction, but rather on the elements of the crime charged. Musacchio was found guilty of unauthorized … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Big Brothers) [official website] will pay $1.6 million as a result of accusations of false claims for Federal grants awarded from 2009-2011. The DOJ contends that Big Brothers failed to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday turned down [text, PDF] a state law that would prohibit doctors from using the most common second-trimester abortion method. The Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act [text, PDF] was enacted in the spring of 2014 and it prohibited doctors from … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Christopher Brooks, an Alabama man scheduled for execution by lethal injection appealed [text, PDF] to the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday for a stay of execution on the grounds that the sentencing procedure is unconstitutional. Brooks was sentenced to death [AL report] for the burglary, rape and murder … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four new cases for this term. In US v. Texas [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the Court has been asked to decide whether at least one respondent has standing to challenge Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that requiring a Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization would violate its religious freedom. The plaintiff, Rebecca Chamorro, requested to have the procedure performed at the hospital after … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has begun the first assessment of the Rule of Law [materials] in Poland, a member state, concerning the EU policy of Media Freedom and Pluralism materials] as well as changes in the nation's Constitutional Tribunal. The Rule of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

UN human rights experts called [press release] Monday for a review of the UK's draft Investigatory Powers bill [text, PDF]. They fear that the present draft of the bill could threaten freedom of expression and association. The bill is intended to govern how UK authorities monitor suspects under surveillance. In … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

A Ukrainian official said Tuesday that the nation plans to sue Russia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on claims of financing terrorism. The claims surround the Russian annexation of Donbas and Crimea. Pavlo Petrenko, the Justice Minister for the Ukraine [official website, in Ukrainian], told press … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Gambia's parliament [official website] approved a bill on Thursday banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and setting high penalties of imprisonment and fines for offenders. The passage of the law comes a month after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] condemned the practice [BBC report] in November because it was not … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jan 2016
by Jason A. Coats of US Naval War College
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Coats of the US Naval War College discusses the investigations into the legitimacy of reports concerning ISIS...On December 11, the Chairmen of three House of Representatives committees—the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (APCDS)—announced the establishment of … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

An Ohio grand jury decided on Monday not to indict two officers involved in a 2014 shooting [Washington Post report] resulting in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. In November 2014 officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were dispatched to investigate an emergency call about a "guy with a gun" … [read more]


Professional Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Brian T. Hodges and Damien M. Schiff of Pacific Legal Foundation
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnists Brian T. Hodges and Damien M. Schiff of Pacific Legal Foundation discuss whether a landowner can seek judicial review of a jurisdictional determination under the Clean Water Act ...The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case that will have … [read more]

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