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Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Milan court declared on Tuesday that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] has fully served his sentence for tax fraud and will now be permitted to travel out of the country. Berlusconi was found guilty of tax fraud [JURIST report] in 2012 and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. The report [press release] states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Italy's Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive]. Berlusconi was convicted [AP report] in 2013 of paying for sex with an underage exotic dancer and then abusing his power to cover up the … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] held on Friday that a worker's right to strike is constitutionally protected. The court's decision [text] came after a challenge to the constitutionality of a Saskatchewan statute [text, PDF] that limited the ability of "essential service employees" from participating in any strike … [read more]


Student Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Pauline Wein of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Pauline Wein, Valparaiso University Law School Class of 2016, discusses why sex workers should be paid even though their work is illegal...Suppose your employer fails to pay you for work you have done. The US Department of Labor states that your employer owes you back pay and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested during a police raid of a bathhouse in search of gay men. The raid and ensuing trial were highly publicized, leading many of the charged men to hide their faces throughout the process. The charges [AP report] against the men … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report [Xinhua report] released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [BBC backgrounder] for a first reading Monday. According … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] in a prostitution case, reversing a lower court conviction [JURIST report] for paying a 17-year-old dancer for sex while he was in office and for abusing his power by asking police to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday passed legislation permitting children as young as 10 to join the workforce as long as it does not interfere with one's education and is done independently in an effort to provide for their family. The U.N. International Labor Organization's … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of The Netherlands [official website, in Dutch] on Friday banned [ruling, in Dutch] an online group, "Martijn," that advocates for the legalization of pedophilia. The court held that the dangers of pedophilia are too great to allow the group to continue. This is because, the court … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Italy's Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office for the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his conviction for tax fraud. Prior to the high court's confirmation, Berlusconi had hoped to run for European Parliament … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Virginia House of Delegates [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a bill [SB 14] to remove the state code's ban on oral and anal sex, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court [official website] decision in Lawrence v. Texas [opinion]. The new legislation limits … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law argues that the US Supreme Court should hold individual possessors of child pornography liable for the full damages allowed under the Violence Against Women Act first to help victims of child pornography recover as quickly and fully as possible … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday struck down [judgment] three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Italian Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday ruled [materials, in Italian] that portions of the country's electoral law breach its constitution [text, PDF]. This decision overturns [Bloomberg report] both a measure in the law that prevents voters from choosing their parliamentary representative and one that gives … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] voted on Wednesday to expel Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from parliament, effective immediately, following his conviction [JURIST report] for tax fraud. Berlusconi could face prosecution for other crimes now that his immunity has been lost. As a … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Huang, University of Windsor Faculty of Law Class of 2016, discusses recent British Columbia Court of Appeals decision, Carter v. Canada, upholding the ban on assisted suicide...In the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) case Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), the trial judge, justice Smith, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla M'jid reported [press … [read more]

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