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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
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]


Legal News
27 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The president of Spain's Catalonia region [official website, in English] signed a decree [AP report] today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain [official website, in English], inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid [official website, in Spanish]. In a statement [statement, in Catalan and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko [official website] on Friday signed a trade and economic pact [press release] with the European Union (EU) [official website] in an attempt to move from past Russian ties towards European influence. Ukraine, along with Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, is currently a part … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] on Sunday expressed [press release] support for a cease-fire in Ukraine's battle against pro-Russian separatists and called for both sides to negotiate a compromise. Following a ceremony commemorating the millions who died following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, … [read more]


Features
5 Jun 2014

American history, and the development of American cultural identities, cannot adequately be explained without a thorough discussion of racial discrimination. The following is an overview some notorious, and notable, events. The Naturalization Act of 1798 required that applicants for US citizenship live in America for five years prior to date … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency on Sunday after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in the first round of voting. Billionaire candy-maker Poroshenko, who is known as the "chocolate king," garnered more than 55 percent of votes. While announcing his victory, Poroshenko vowed to forge closer links … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The office of Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] has declared that it does not wish to annex eastern Ukraine where "self-rule" referendums have overwhelmingly supported secession, but called on the Kiev government to open dialogue with the separatists. The referendums, organized by pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's Russian-speaking eastern … [read more]


Features
25 Mar 2014

The Ukrainian Crisis The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject the deal and establish a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday condemned [judgment, in French; press release] Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) [party website]. The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since … [read more]

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