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Professional Commentary
5 days ago
by Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimitrina Petrova of Equal Rights Trust discusses the need to reduce inequality as a development goal in order to reach a prime Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)... As we entered 2016, a new resolution to "transform our world" by 2030 came into effect. On January 1, the 17 … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report] Tunisia to reform its drug sentencing laws. According to the report, 28 percent of Tunisia's prison population are individuals who were convicted of drug crimes related to recreational use of controlled substances. The sentencing issue arises from the 1992 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Myanmar began the process of releasing the first set of 102 mostly political prisoners on Friday days before a democratic power transfer takes place in Myanmar's parliament [official website, in Burmese]. The democratic party led by Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] will be sitting in parliament for the first … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Wednesday that the state's lifetime ban on convicted criminals gaining full-time employment in nursing homes and long-term care facilities was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision supported the plaintiffs' claim that section 503(a) of the Older Adults Protective Services Act [text] violated … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Bangladesh and Russia signed a $12.65 billion nuclear power deal on Friday. The state-run Atomic Energy Commission [official site] collaborated with the Russian Government [official website] and Rosatom [official site] to cement the deal. Kamrul Islam Bhyian, spokesman for the Ministry of Science and Technology, [official site] stated [Reuters … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Dec 2015
by Jessica Waters of
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jessica L. Waters of American University discusses the implications of the Supreme Court granting certiorari to hear consolidated ACA cases... In early November the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in a group of consolidated cases challenging the applicability of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive mandate. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] certiorari in an appeal by Mexican states attempting to sue BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court let stand a lower court ruling in Veracruz, Mexico, et al. v. BP, P.L.C., et al. [opinion], finding … [read more]


Features
18 Nov 2015
by Alexander Figuly

Laws requiring the labeling of food products created from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been an important topic of discussion to individuals in the health and food industry for nearly as long as GMOs have existed. However, despite the attention GMOs have received both historically and in recent years, there … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by James G. Hodge of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Doug Campos-Outcalt of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix discuss the potential to legally limit anti-vaccination messages widely disseminated by political candidates...Heard enough about the potential for childhood vaccines … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2015
by Cristina Correnti

The term "genetically modified organisms" (GMOs) describes food with genetic material that has been manipulated through genetic engineering. This process isolates desirable genes from certain species and inserts them into another, creating plants that may look like traditionally bred species but have added characteristics that do not occur naturally. The … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), have become synonymous with the chemical and biological alteration of the modern food supply since their introduction in the mid 1990s. GMOs promote desirable plant genetics, which results in savings for both farmers and consumers. Beyond this, the use of GMOs in crops results in the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding Richard Eugene Glossip's Oklahoma death penalty sentence... The recent activity surrounding the scheduled execution of Oklahoma's Richard Eugene Glossip has once again spotlighted the three-ring circus that has become America's death penalty. … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] an eminent domain action against the small coastal city of Margate, New Jersey. The residents of Margate have stalled attempts by Christie to construct protective sand dunes along the coast; which were proposed by the executive office … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office [official website] on Friday dismissed all charges against the former chairman of Temple University's physics department, Xi Xiaoxing [University profile], for allegedly sharing American-made schematics of a device used in superconductor research to Chinese scientists. The charges were based on emails of technological specifications of … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday blocked [opinion, PDF] the use of a pesticide linked to the declining honey population in the US. The disappearance of a large number of honey bees in recent years has led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]

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