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Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Monday urged [press release] states to reexamine their unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) imposed on Sudan, which impact innocents instead of political elites. Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, asserted that UCMs adversely impact the enjoyment of human rights. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Ewelina Kemp of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union... Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent Moroccan officials a letter [text] Monday claiming that a draft framework law before the country's parliament [official website] is in conflict with obligations to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [text]. Although the draft framework law seeks to protect the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday praised the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Government of Somalia and encouraged the US to follow suit. The Convention on the Rights of the Child [text] is supported by the 18-member Committee on the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Sep 2015
by Craig Martin of Washburn University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Martin, an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law, discusses how the Japan's government's reinterpretation of Japan's constitutional limits on the use of military force will affect the US foreign policies... On August 30, tens of thousands of Japanese citizens demonstrated outside of the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2015
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Wednesday announced new rules [fact sheet, PDF] requiring cities and towns to address racial disparities in their housing practices. The new rules, announced at a press conference in Chicago by Secretary Julian Castro [official profile] of the US Department of Housing and Urban … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project [SCOTUSblog materials] that Texas's biggest housing subsidy has been reinforcing segregated housing. The project claimed that even if Texas did not treat minority applicants … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] Thailand's National Legislative Assembly to reject a proposed amendment to the Military Court Act that would allow the government to detain civilians up to 84 days without charging them of a crime. The proposed amendment comes after last … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia officials on Sunday beheaded convicted murderer Abdelrahman al-Jahni, the fifth person to be executed since King Salman [BBC profile] took office last month. Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people [AFP report] so far this year, and the number of executions has significantly increased in recent years to … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] India's President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee [official profile] approved the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday to modify the judicial selection process in the nation's supreme courts and 24 high courts. The bill replaces [Times of India report] the 20 year-old collegium system, which was criticized … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive [text] if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF] Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted [AI report] from these claims. … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday that found the US has fallen short of full compliance with the Convention Against Torture international treaty [text]. Police brutality [JURIST report], detention facilities, military interrogations and the criminalization of torture itself were several of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) [official website] on Monday opened its 53rd session [report, PDF] and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture [text], an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014
by Sarah Steers

Changing international relations at the end of the 20th century, as well as concern for how various countries would handle sensitive environmental issues, led to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Conference. Held in June 1992, the conference produced the first major treaty in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] it will not use anti-personnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, underscoring its commitment to the aims of the Ottawa Convention [text], the treaty that prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. The Korean … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian High court on Sunday suspended Egyptian activist and human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry's six-month jail sentence. El-Masry has been detained for violating Egypt's protest law since May and in June had her jail sentence reduced [JURIST report] from two years to six months with a fine of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Ukraine's parliament [official website] on Tuesday ratified [press release] an association agreement [text] between Ukraine [BBC backgrounder] and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the … [read more]

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