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Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over a new national security law which increases China's cyber security powers. The law [text] calls for [JURIST report] an increase in internet oversight and for authorities to take tougher measures … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] China's top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee [official website], on Wednesday adopted a controversial new National Security Law that increases cyber security powers and provides the possibility of establishing efficient crisis management systems. At its bi-monthly session, 155 members of the committee voted on the measure. The law will … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Saturday invited [official statement] Yemen President Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi to send a delegation to the UN sponsored Yemen consultation set to begin in Geneva on June 14th. The Secretary General has called on all parties to participate in good faith … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]

Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) [official website] will make an urgent trip [press release] to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited [AP report] to Spain … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday adopted [press release] four new resolutions, one of which creates [text] a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or … [read more]

Student Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Saroj Nair of University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Saroj Nair, LLM Student at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses Iran's international obligation with regards to its nuclear efforts and argues that Iran complies with its obligation under binding treaties and the Joint Plan of Action...Another condemnation for Iran! Or is it? The … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Bulgarian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Bulgarian] proposed a bill [materials; press release] amending and supplementing Bulgaria's criminal code to address growing threats of terrorism on Tuesday. The purpose of the bill is to fill in gaps of the criminal code, as well as to fulfill Bulgaria's … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday urged [press release] Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation [text, in Chinese] as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said [text, PDF] Wednesday that humanitarian workers are increasingly being called on to deal with the consequences of crises that arise out of complex situations, including poor governance, political paralysis, underdevelopment, poverty and inequality. Amos, who also heads the UN Office for the … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The United Nations General Assembly [official website] on Thursday adopted three draft resolutions to reinforce the UN's emergency humanitarian response. The drafts were adopted without a vote, and they concerned international cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, emphasizing the civilian character of humanitarian relief and … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Over one million Catalans on Sunday participated in a non-binding vote on whether Catalonia [BBC backgrounder] should secede from Spain. The wealthy region's government decided to move ahead with the vote despite the Spanish Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] suspending the vote [JURIST report] on Tuesday to hear … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Spanish Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday suspended [motion, PDF, in Spanish] the Catalonia region's upcoming symbolic vote to gauge public sentiment for independence. The unanimous decision to hear the government's appeal effectively bans the vote until the parties present arguments and the court makes a … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Claims of human rights abuse against Sahrawi refugees living in camps in the Sahara desert administered by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario) [advocacy website] have been exaggerated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Saturday. The refugee … [read more]

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