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Legal News
3 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Indonesian Parliament [official website] to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] North Korea last week executed its army chief of staff, General Ri Yong-gil, on corruption charges, according to media reports from South Korea. General Ri Young-gil served [Independent report] as the chief of the general staff for Kim Jong-un's army since August 2013. It is believed the relationship between … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday called on [statement] North Korea's government to stop violating international obligations after a missile launch conducted by the country. The launch, which the statement calls "deplorable," violates "relevant Security Council resolutions" according to Ban. He further reiterated his call on the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [press release] for the South Korean government to pass legislation that would promote human rights in North Korea. A divisive bill proposed in 2005 provides for the creation of a North Korean Human Rights Foundation (NKHRF) and a system to document … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report] Tunisia to reform its drug sentencing laws. According to the report, 28 percent of Tunisia's prison population are individuals who were convicted of drug crimes related to recreational use of controlled substances. The sentencing issue arises from the 1992 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Myanmar began the process of releasing the first set of 102 mostly political prisoners on Friday days before a democratic power transfer takes place in Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese]. The democratic party led by Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] will be sitting in parliament for the first … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman [official profile] called [press release] Friday for leader Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] to be held criminally responsible for the human rights conditions in the nation. While on a five-day mission in Japan, following a recent nuclear test [BBC report] by North … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday enacted [El Colombiano report, in Spanish] the Natalia Ponce Law, establishing acid attacks as a specific crime with harsh punishments. The punishments under the new law between 12 to 20 years in prison for a "simple" attack and between 20 to 30 years … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] legislation that would increase sanctions against North Korea for its continuation of nuclear testing. The Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] amended the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act [HR 757, PDF] to include ways to prevent North Kore from … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School discusses Indiana Governor's refusal to accept Syrian refugees...Federal law and its nexus with international humanitarian principles, agreements and commitments extend sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-torn countries, ethnic strife and other harm that precludes return to their countries of origin. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin [official website] on Tuesday signed an executive order [text, PDF] to no longer require county clerks' names to appear on marriage licenses. The follows the refusal by county clerk Kim Davis [JURIST report] to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her Christian faith … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder] voted this week on a constitutional referendum intended to bring stability to the nation. According to partial results released Thursday, amendments to the constitution to create a senate, allow for freedom of religion and disincentivize political disruptiveness passed with ease, … [read more]


Student Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Duke M. Truong of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Duke M. Truong of the Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2017, discusses the issues the US is facing in accepting Syrian refugees in fear of terrorist attack... Eighty-one percent of Americans see a major terrorist attack as likely following the Paris massacres on November 13, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the display of a prominent cross-shaped war memorial in a public park operated by Prince George County does not violate the Establishment Clause [text] of the First Amendment. The monument, known … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A Russian Court on Monday banned the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology. The court banned the church [RT report] stating that it does not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion because 'Scientology' is a US trademark. This is the latest in a series of battles … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the fifth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Kim discusses how courts should determine whether a government or state action is promoting a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by Dwight Duncan of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Dwight Duncan of the University of Massachusetts School of Law discusses the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act...In 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts surprised the country with his creative jurisprudence in upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [PDF]. He joined the four conservative … [read more]

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