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Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights [official website] had imposed a Saturday deadline [AP report] on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused [JURIST report] of murder, torture, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez [official website] on Thursday outlined [press release] the substantial progress Georgia has made in eliminating torture and poor conditions in their prisons. But Mr. Méndez stressed that further changes still must be made. According to the report, Georgia's prison system has … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a statement [press release] on Friday urging the Mexican government to adhere to UN recommendations on how to investigate the disappearances of 22,600 of its citizens. Half of the counted disappearances occurred between 2012 and 2014, and include the disappearance of Ayotzinapa students … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire [NBC News report] … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Four death row inmates filed a complaint [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663 [text], a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Minister for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [official website], Charles Flanagan, announced on Tuesday he will make a request [press release] to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to review the judgment of a case against the UK for alleged torture. In … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Nov 2014
by Kenneth Englade of

JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth Englade, discusses military justice system in the context of the Haditha incident in 2005 ...Nine years ago this week a squad from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, was returning from a routine re-supply mission on the outskirts of Haditha in western Iraq when it … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Defense counsel for convicted war criminal Germain Katanga [ICC backgrounder] discontinued their appeal [press release] Wednesday, effectively finalizing the International Criminal Court's [official website] judgment against him in March. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel group Force de refsistance patriotique en Ituri … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday agreed to create a truth commission to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in the last five decades of the country's conflict. During negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the government and FARC agreed [Al Jazeera report] to … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] ordered a temporary moratorium [order, PDF] on executions in Ohio on Wednesday. The stay is intended to allow attorneys time to complete discovery and other legal preparations pertaining to Ohio's new execution protocol [AP … [read more]


Features
24 Mar 2014

The Crimean Conflict refers to a geo-political dispute regarding the autonomous southern Ukrainian Peninsula of the same name. Historically, post-Cold War political tensions in Ukraine revolved around Ukrainian and Russian sympathies; these are the two major ethnic groups and are divided into northern and southern regions respectively. Most recently, anti-Russian … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Chevron Corporation [official website] on Tuesday filed [text, PDF] for reimbursement of attorneys' fees against Attorney Steven Donziger [official website] and others in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Chevron prevailed earlier this month in its lawsuit against Donziger for fraud and … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] was filed in federal court in Texas on Friday against General Motors (GM) [corporate website] claiming that customers' vehicles have lost value due to ignition problems blamed for a series of fatal crashes. The complaint alleges that GM knew about the problem since … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Feb 2014

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses some of the alleged human rights abuses occurring in connection with preparations for international sporting events ...As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia draw to a close, many eyes are on the athletes competing for the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron [corporate website] after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) [advocacy website] on Monday filed a petition [text] with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] accusing the US government of committing human rights violations in Vieques island, part of Puerto Rico. The petition was filed on behalf of 10 Vieques residents … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Although the ICC's name implies exclusivity, it is one of many international criminal tribunals. Several permanent international tribunals dealing in civil matters have also developed, ranging from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body. … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF], a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" … [read more]

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