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Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

The Dutch government on Friday announced the establishment of a special court being set up in The Hague to investigate and try alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 guerilla war. According to the government announcement [press release], the court, which is called the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional [decision, PDF, in Spanish] a resolution by the Parliament of Catalonia [official website, in Catalan] that proposed a plan for the region's independence from Spain by 2017. The resolution was approved [JURIST report] by Catalonian lawmakers in November, and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday suspended [press release, PDF, in Spanish] Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Parliament of Catalan [official website, in Catalan] on Monday approved [press release, in Catalan] a proposed resolution to begin separation from Spain. The measure passed with 72 votes in favor of the resolution and 63 against and established that the Parliament would have a "constituent process, citizen participation" … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Kurdish lawyer in Turkey will face trial at a later date for comments he made about the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), when he said the group was not a terrorist organization but a political movement. Tahir Elci was detained [Reuters report] on Tuesday and released later that day, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Justice of Catalonia summoned Catalonia, President Artur Mas [official website, in Catalan] on Tuesday over his involvement in the 2014 independence referendum [JURIST report]. Mas has been accused of civil disobedience, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power. Mas is scheduled to appear in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
26 Aug 2015
by Dimas Kuncoro Jati of Gadjah Mada University
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Dimas Kuncoro Jati, of Gadjah Mada University, discusses the separatist movement in the West Papua and estimates its chances of exercising secession from Indonesia under the Kosovo scenario ... West Papua separatists are allegedly trying to seek international community attention by arranging a new strategy to compose … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kosovo's Parliament [official website] approved the creation of a war crimes court on Monday which will investigate alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 guerrilla war. Members of parliament also passed laws to create the office of the prosecution and to finance defense counsel for those … [read more]


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

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
25 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Spain's Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday ruled that a November 9 Catalonia independence vote was unconstitutional [press release, PDF, in Spanish]. According to the court, both the decree from the Catalan regional government that allowed for the vote and two articles of a regional law passed … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Secretary-General on Friday condemned [press release] a decision by the Sudanese government to remove two senior UN officials from the country. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] which included remarks stating that the sanctioning of UN officials by the Sudanese government was "unacceptable." … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Catalonia High Court of Justice [official website, in Spanish] announced [press release, in Spanish] Monday that it will open an investigation of the unofficial Catalan independence vote held in opposition of the central Spanish government. The formal investigation will center on Catalonia's President Artus Mas, as well as … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Sudanese government has made a formal request to the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website] to close their human rights office in Khartoum following accusations of worrying abuses and violations by their peacekeepers. This request [Guardian report] is believed to stem from the strained relationship … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Around 2 million people in Spain's Catalonia region voted in a mock independence poll for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Results released on Monday showed that 1.6 million voters favored breaking away from Spain to create their own nation. However, with 5.4 million people eligible to vote, less than half … [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
30 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Spanish state adviser on Thursday announced support for a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9, making it likely that the Spanish government will attempt to have the Catalan "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts. Spain's Council of State unanimously decided that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday called off an independence vote that was scheduled for November 9. The vote was suspended [JURIST report] after the Spanish government challenged [JURIST report] its legality last month. Artur Mas [official website, in Catalan], president of the Catalonia region, stated that … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] An independence vote in Catalonia set for November 9 has been suspended after Spain's central government filed an appeal [JURIST report] on Monday alleging the referendum would be illegal. The unanimous decision by the nation's Constitutional Court [official website] to hear the government's case automatically suspends the November vote … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy [BBC profile] confirmed Monday that the Spanish government has filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court [official website] challenging the November 9 independence referendum for the Catalonia region [BBC profile]. The government's appeal alleges [Aljazeera report] that both the referendum and a law passed … [read more]

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