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Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The chair of the African Union (AU) [official website], Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma [official website], expressed concern that Burundi's recent violence could be "catastrophic" for not only Burundi itself, but surrounding countries as well. Burundi erupted in violence in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] began his campaign for a … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Burundi human rights activist, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, was shot and severely wounded by motorcyclists while in his vehicle on Monday. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is the head of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH) [advocacy website, in French ] and he was a … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A report [text, DOC; materials] released Monday by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict [official website] found that both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during the conflict. The 51 day Gaza Conflict [BBC backgrounder] resulted in widespread destruction and over a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law discusses the legality of choice of weapons in the Syrian war in the context of International Humanitarian Law ... Amnesty International (AI) recently condemned the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Asad government and … [read more]

Legal News
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Forces led by Saudi Arabia ordered [AP report] civilians in northern Yemen to evacuate the area by Friday afternoon, declaring that the entire region would be deemed a military target, but also announced plans for a ceasefire next week. The coalition dropped leaflets [CNN report] in the area warning … [read more]

Legal News
28 Apr 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A UN independent board of inquiry announced Monday that it uncovered evidence that at least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war. The investigation also found [AP report] that at least 227 Palestinians were injured. In response to the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Israel Law Center [advocacy website] released a complaint [text, PDF] on Friday asking the US Department of Justice to prosecute several Hamas leaders for their involvement in the attack on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport (BGA) last summer. The rocket attacks between Israel and Palestine that occurred this … [read more]

Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 conflict in Gaza by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate rockets, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The report provides evidence that in July and August 2014, several rockets were fired from Gaza City towards Israel and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas violates the laws of … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] British lawmakers stated in a report [text, PDF] on Monday that the country needs to take action against a rise in anti-Semitism throughout the country. The All-Party Parliamentary [official website] found in particular that there has been a growth of "cyber hate" on various social media websites against the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses recent changes to the US military's records review process ...Since the 1989 decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Kreis v. Secretary of the Air Force, in which … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2015
by Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of conflict fought unceasingly in civilian … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Dec 2014
by Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2014
by Jean-Marie Kamatali of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lèse-majesté...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on lèse-majesté, the military government has not only resisted this pressure but has … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Nov 2014
by Nathaniel R. Helms of

JURIST Guest Columnist Nathaniel R. Helms, author of No Time for Truth: The Marines, Justice, and the Haditha Incident, discusses the Haditha Incident and the military justice system ...Kenneth Englade recently offered his interpretation of the so-called Haditha Massacre, an unfortunate label applied to a far more reprehensible event that … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday reported [HRW report] on evidence of the use of cluster bombs by the Ukrainian government on the city of Donetsk, a heavily populated civilian area in eastern Ukraine. The bombs have allegedly killed six individuals and injured several dozen more. Cluster … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday accused [press release] the Israeli military of committing war crimes over the summer by attacking schools where hundreds of displaced Palestinians sought shelter. The three attacks, which took place on July 24, July 30 and August 3 [BBC reports], killed 45 … [read more]

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