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Academic Commentary
31 Jan 2015
by Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop the violation of international human rights ... … [read more]

21 Nov 2014
by Vanessa Griffith

Human rights violations committed by IS [news archive] continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state [PDF], Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to minimize its impacts on … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Enver Hasani of the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, argues that regime change in Syria will represent a profound geopolitical shift...In the past two years we have grown accustomed to the violence in Syria. However, the latest reaction of the Western world towards the massive poisoning of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist, Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University Law School says that the Muslim community has risen to the challenge of addressing the mainstream about extremists within, and that, to win the war on terror, democratic governments must foster productive bridge building with the majority of Muslims who oppose … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Derek Bambauer of Brooklyn Law School says that the increased censorship of journalists worldwide is a result of technological innovations, which facilitate dissemination of information, but heighten the perceived threat to governments fighting to maintain control...Journalists have never been more empowered, or more threatened. Information technology offers … [read more]

Student Commentary
31 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Maira Sheikh, Notre Dame Law School Class of 2012, is a Research Associate at the Research Society of International Law in Lahore, Pakistan. She discusses Pakistan's new women's rights laws and argues that even if these laws are not properly enforced, they are still valuable for the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says that the right to participate in government is a recognized aspiration in international law and that in the Middle East this has begun to be realized with the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Apr 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Liaquat Ali Khan of Washburn University School of Law says that the recent events in the US are a continuation of a Western medieval custom of desecrating the Qur'an... The recent Qur'an burning by Pastor Terry Jones, the author of Islam is of the Devil, is the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Feb 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a recent decision by Iraq's Federal Supreme Court is the first opportunity to understand the Court's position on the interpretation of Article 2 of the Iraq Constitution, which prohibits law from violating the settled … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Nov 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Saroop Ijaz, an advocate before the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, says that if Pakistan is to function as a democracy and - equally significantly - to address the threat of extremism both at home and abroad, its blasphemy laws should be repealed... In June 2009 … [read more]

Professional Commentary
11 Nov 2010

Haroon Moghul Executive Director, The Maydan Institute: "Last week, Oklahomans voted overwhelmingly in favor of State Question 755, which forbids state courts from considering "international law," defined as a discourse "formed by the general assent of civilized nations," and "Sharia," or "Islamic law," in their decisions. Perhaps Oklahomans, in their … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday overturned a constitutional amendment [judgment, PDF] that had allowed religious parties to participate in politics. The court, upholding a lower court decision, held that the Fifth Amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution [text], which allowed the participation of religious political parties and … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday granted the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni citizen Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif [NYT profile] and ordered his immediate release from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. Latif, who has been in … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Sep 2009

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, a legal adviser with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and co-founder and Associate Editor of Global Brief, Canada's first international affairs magazine, says that in order for the ICC to be fully effective in protecting human rights and bringing an … [read more]

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