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Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch discusses Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law...Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law might look like a step forward, if only because it's written down. Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries with no written criminal penal code, and the penal regulations that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Monday that two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia [press release]. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood had been held since 2002, but neither had been charged with a crime. The two men … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The lawyer for five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has asked President Barack Obama [official website] to declassify the CIA interrogation program that allegedly subjected prisoners to torture. The letter [text, PDF], made public on Friday, calls upon Obama to make the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel [official website] named [press release] Paul Lewis as Special Envoy to oversee the eventual closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Tuesday. Lewis will join his US State Department [official website] counterpart, Clifford Sloan, in working toward closing the detention center. His main duties … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Detainee Treatment Act [text] prevents the court from having jurisdiction over a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee's lawsuit for damages. Adel Hassan Hamad [JURIST news archive], a Sudanese national, was captured … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Friday, Judge Royce Lamberth for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner Ibrahim Idris [DOD backgrounder], who suffers from a severe mental illness. Idris, originally from Sudan, was sent to Guantanamo more than 11 years … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Joint Task Force [official website] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] said Monday that they would no longer issue daily updates on detainee hunger strikes. This announcement effectively declared the end [AP report] of the unprecedentedly broad, six-month long, prisoner protest. There are now 164 prisoners in Guantanamo, and … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge at Guantanamo Bay is considering whether to delay the trials of five men charged in the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST backgrounders] because lawyers in the case have lost data due to problems with a Pentagon computer system. Lawyers for the five men, who have been charged with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Friday that the US government does not have to release photographs and videotapes taken during the investigation of Mohammed al-Qahtani's connection to the September 11 attacks. Al-Qahtani was held in … [read more]


Student Commentary
4 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin McNamara, Pepperdine University School of Law Class of 2014, shares her first-hand experience and explains the procedural issues surrounding the trials for those accused of the September 11, 2001 attacks...This year will mark the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, yet the five men … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian criminal court in Riyadh on Saturday sentenced two Saudi Arabian human rights activists on to at least 10 years in prison. The activists were found guilty [CNN report] earlier that day of sedition, providing foreign media with inaccurate information, founding and operating an unlicensed human rights … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has urged Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to dismiss a criminal case escalated last week to a senior Saudi court on apostasy charges. Website editor Raif Badawi, 30, was originally charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels” for co-founding the religious … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Several international human rights groups have asked the Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] to allow them to observe the trials of four rights activists. In a letter sent to Saudi Justice Minister Mohammed al-Eissa, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] to turn over three videotapes depicting Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees being forcibly removed from their cells. The ruling came in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Monday seeking the release of videotapes of the interrogation of an inmate held at the Guantanamo Bay prison [JURIST news archive]. The CCR filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee believed to be an al Qaeda leader, was found dead in his cell in what appears to be a suicide [press release], the US Southern Command [official website] announced Wednesday. Guards found the 37-year-old Inayatullah not breathing and unresponsive in his … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A military tribunal has ruled that lawyers for accused 9/11 co-conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh will not be made aware of what interrogation techniques were used on him by the CIA prior to his transfer to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives], according to a Monday report [text] by the Miami … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 May 2009

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that former Vice President Dick Cheney's statements about his direct involvement in the authorization of unlawful interrogation tactics such as waterboarding are clear evidence of complicity in international crime, if not also participation in a criminal conspiracy, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 May 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says the claimed "suicide" in a Libyan prison of al-Qaeda operative Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi is too convenient for too many people who have besmirched American honor in a perversion of rule of law that came from panic … [read more]

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