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Academic Commentary
3 May 2015
by Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and sporadic media attention, the right for a terminally-ill person to … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Angie Lin of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in assisted reproductive fertility … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (EJC) [official website] ruled [judgement] on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling [press release, PDF]comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt [official website, in English] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Mary Ziegler of Florida State University College of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of the Florida State University College of Law discusses the Florida Supreme Court's recent decision recognizing that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women ... As JURIST reported, Florida recently joined a handful of states that recognize pregnancy-based bias as sex discrimination when the relevant state … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday struck down provisions set forth in Law 40 [text, in Italian] that prohibited the use of donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments. The court reported [Reuters report] that the restrictions breached the country's constitution. This provision joins other portions … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 Mar 2014
by Antonio Del Mastro of Northeastern University School of Law
edited by Fangxing Li

JURIST Guest Columnist Antonio Del Mastro, Northeastern University School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses the possible interpretations of the Copyright Act that the US Supreme Court is tasked with choosing in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., which will determine whether or not Aereo's business model is a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Bill Atkin of the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law evaluates the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the New Zealand House of Representatives...On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand House of Representatives passed same-sex marriage legislation by 77 votes to 44. Since New Zealand has … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Tuesday in Hollingsworth v. Perry [transcript, PDF; audio], the first of two cases the court will hear this week on same-sex marriage [JURIST report; JURIST backgrounder]. In Tuesday's argument, the court considered the validity of Proposition 8 [JURIST news archive], … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Catholic Church, which remains an influential institution in the Philippines where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, on Saturday announced that it will challenge newly approved birth control legislation [HB 4244, PDF] before the Supreme Court. The Church has opposed the new law arguing [ABC report] that … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Jul 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk holds an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In the second entry of a two-part series, she argues for changes in social policy to address food security... The dramatic population growth in developing countries raises concerns about particular social issues, such as family … [read more]

Student Commentary
28 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Sandeep Kanak Rathod, an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of the ninth entry in a 14-part series from the LL.M. students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He explores how copyright laws in the US and India … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Virginia Keyder of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, says that the recent decisions in EU case law shows a trend towards viewing intellectual property as a way to benefit society, rather than corporations, in contrast to the trends … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Ed Goldman of the University of Michigan says that fetal personhood laws, which would declare a fetus to be a person from the time of conception, would have a wide range of consequences for women's medical care, stem cell research, and the availability of contraception...In Roe v. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Three authors groups on Monday sued [complaint, PDF; press release] HathiTrust [official website] and five universities in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] over the digitizing of millions of copyright-protected books. The universities received permission from Google [corporate website] to scan approximately … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 May 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law says the new wave of anti-abortion legislation in Congress and state legislatures is aimed at pushing the limits of the current constitutional framework and prompting its abandonment... The scores of anti-abortion bills pending and passing … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment text] 4-4-1 Wednesday that various sections of the national law regulating the use of human embryos and other aspects of reproduction fall outside the scope of Parliament's legislative authority. In its advisory opinion [Ottawa Sun report], the divided court held … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] said Wednesday that he will take into account a potential nominee's position on individual liberty, including women's rights, when nominating a Supreme Court justice. Speaking at a meeting with Senate leaders, Obama acknowledged that abortion [JURIST news archive] has been "a hugely contentious … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Quebec [official website] ruled [decision, in French; summary release] Thursday that a national law which regulates the use of human embryos and bans human cloning encroaches upon provincial authority. The court held that regulatory provisions included in the Assisted Human Reproduction Act [statute materials] … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jan 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A Belarus court on Friday sentenced a former newspaper editor to three years in prison for reprinting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. Alexander Sdvizhkov was the deputy editor of Zhoda, a small Belarus newspaper, when in February 2006 it republished the cartoons that had originally appeared … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Australian Parliament [official website] Wednesday voted to lift restrictions on stem cell research and permit the therapeutic cloning of human embryos. Members of the House of Representatives voted 82-62 in favor of lifting the previous therapeutic cloning ban; the Senate approved the measure [JURIST report] last month. The … [read more]

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