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Legal News
2 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] on Saturday loosened its travel advisory for Iran [text; press release], lifting the "essential travel only" status for most of the country. It still advises against all travel to areas along the border of Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflict areas. The advisory … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Saturday urged [press release] those involved on all sides of the South Sudan conflict to end their fighting and make peace in the interest of protecting innocent civilians. Stephen O'Brien's statements came at the end of a four day trip to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US on Monday completed the re-opening [press release, PDF] of diplomatic ties with Cuba by converting the standing US Interests Section into the US Embassy Havana [official website]. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba was first announced [JURIST report] by President Barack Obama [official … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved [Resolution 2331, PDF; press release] a nuclear agreement [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), text] with Iran, lifting some economic sanctions in exchange for the country reducing its nuclear program and allowing International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] inspections. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Negotiations between Iran and six world powers concluded in a nuclear agreement [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), text] on Tuesday. The JCPOA outlines details of the agreement, in which Iran agreed not to create a nuclear bomb in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The International Atomic … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] began on Monday the third closed-door hearing [IRNA report] for Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], a Washington Post correspondent accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments, and acting against national security. Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen, has been … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran will continue [EU press release, PDF] beyond Tuesday's deadline until Friday, July 10. This is not an official extension of deadline [statement], according to High Representative for the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini [official profile], though … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Representatives of Iran and the six nations committed to reaching a long-term nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic made progress [AP report] towards a final agreement to lift sanctions in exchange for increased nuclear restrictions and surveillance on Saturday. The proposed deal would impose a decade of restrictions on … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Iran has been keeping its commitment as part of a preliminary nuclear deal from 2013 barring Iran from expanding nuclear programs during negotiations, according to an UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] report obtained by the the Associated Press. According to the report, Iran has converted [AP … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2015
by Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Wesley Oliver of Duquesne University School of Law discusses the Amnesty International Report condemning US for police use of force... Amnesty International last week harshly criticized the US for not providing standards strictly limiting the use of lethal force by police to those occasions when no other … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Delaware Governor Jack Markell [official website] on Thursday signed into law House Bill 39 [materials], a measure that decriminalizes the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, which was given final legislative approval [Delaware Online report] by the state's senate Thursday and signed by the governor … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A French court acquitted 14 companies accused of bribery on Thursday for negotiating contracts as part of the UN oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which was under UN … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Ukraine Prosecutor General [official website] on Wednesday revealed that two government soldiers have been detained for alleged links to the murders of two women who sympathized with armed separatists from the east. It is reported [AP report] that earlier this week the soldiers broke into the home of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hamid Baghaei, former vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Bio profile]. Baghaei's arrest is the second detention of a high-ranking official from the Ahmadinejad administration, as Mohammad Reza Rahimi, another former vice president, was convicted [JURIST report] of corruption and embezzlement last year. The recent … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Saturday called on [press release] several states to investigate allegations that members of their peacekeeping forces sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) have committed serious human rights violations. It is reported that soldiers have … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US government on Friday formally removed [press release] Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as a positive step toward restoring Cuba-US diplomatic relations. US President Barack Obama [official website] said in April that he would drop Cuba from the list. In December Obama and Cuban … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Washington Post [official website] correspondent Jason Rezaian's trial began [IRNA report] on Tuesday in Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Court with a hearing that was closed to the public. Rezaian, a US-Iranian dual citizen has been detained in Iran for 10 months on charges of espionage and giving information to hostile … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday expressed [UN report] disappointment in the inability of Member States to reach an agreement on a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, according to a UN spokesperson. The spokesperson released a statement [press release] at the conclusion of the 2015 Review Conference of … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] South Sudan government troops are committing human rights abuses [press release], such as abusing civilians and lighting villages on fire amid ongoing fighting in the region, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Thursday. AI has also received reports that South Sudan government troops have committed other atrocities while dressed … [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]

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