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14 Sep 2015
by Michael Roberts

The Islamic Republic of Iran, home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, has played a significant role in both the Middle Eastern and Western geopolitical landscapes. Originally occupied by tribal peoples and later falling under control of the many empires that rose and fell within the region, Iran began … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2015
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Jun 2015
by Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Diana Ginn of Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, discusses the debate surrounding the freedom of religion held by private and public schools in Canada with regards to curriculum...In Loyola High School and John Zucci v. Attorney General of Quebec the Supreme Court of Canada addressed the … [read more]

Legal News
6 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A UN expert on Friday urged [press release] the Kazakhstan government to end the mandatory registration of religious communities. Currently, all religious communities in Kazakhstan are required by law to obtain registration status to exercise collective religious functions. During a visit to Kazakhstan, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Turkish appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of several former military officers for plotting to overthrow the regime of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] in 2003. The court upheld 20-year prison sentences [Reuters report] for former commanders Cetin Dogan and … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Butti, University of Utrecht Class of 2014, considers whether the European Court of Human Rights made a strategic use of the margin of appreciation doctrine to solve the contradiction between the decisions in the cases Aktas v. France and Lautsi v. Italy...The increasing tendency of people … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The UK High Court of Justice ruled Friday that the Bideford Town Council does not have authority to conduct prayers at the beginning of its official meetings. The judgment [opinion, PDF] followed a Judicial Review initiated by the National Secular Society (NSS) [advocacy website; press release] to challenge the … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Thursday lifted a 10-year ban on fatwas, or Islamic religious edicts, but ruled that they cannot be enforced as punishment. The court found that fatwas can only be issued by appropriately educated persons [Daily Star report] and that no one can … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Apr 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Liaquat Ali Khan of Washburn University School of Law says that the recent events in the US are a continuation of a Western medieval custom of desecrating the Qur'an... The recent Qur'an burning by Pastor Terry Jones, the author of Islam is of the Devil, is the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday annulled the arrest warrants issued for 102 Turkish military officers over an alleged 2003 coup plot. The officers, including 25 generals and admirals, were arrested last month [JURIST report] for allegedly participating in a coup plot referred to as "Operation Sledgehammer" [Al Jazeera backgrounder] … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday overturned a constitutional amendment [judgment, PDF] that had allowed religious parties to participate in politics. The court, upholding a lower court decision, held that the Fifth Amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution [text], which allowed the participation of religious political parties and … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Syrian Minister of Education [official website, in Arabic] Ghiath Barakat issued a directive [Syria News report, in Arabic] Sunday forbidding students and teachers at universities from wearing the niqab [JURIST news archive]. The ban applies to both public and private universities, but only affects full-face veils [AP report] and … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that Italy is not bound by last week's European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) [official website] ruling [judgment, in French; JURIST report] that displaying crucifixes in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. Berlusconi's remarks were … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2009
by Jonathan Cohen

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that displaying a crucifix in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The lawsuit was brought against Italy by Soile Lautsi, who claimed that displaying a crucifix "infringed the … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Secular Turkish judges have warned that amendments to the Turkish constitution [text; materials] proposed by the country's ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] that would include restructuring the Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] are going too far to promote an Islamic agenda. Head … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Bangladeshi Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed [official website] on Thursday declared his government's desire to restore Bangladesh's 1972 constitution [text, PDF]. The move signals an intent to return [Hindu News report] to the four principles of nationalism, democracy, secularism, and socialism that Bangladesh endorsed after its … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] on Sunday commenced a new trial of two Saddam-era officials, including senior figures of Hussein's government, for their alleged involvement in the execution of thousands of political opponents during Hussein’s rule. The defendants include Hussein’s cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Oct 2008

Farzana Hassan [President, Muslim Canadian Congress]: "The Muslim Canadian Congress, in welcoming the decision of the Constitutional Court of Turkey to disallow the lifting of the ban on hijabs, viewed it as a significant triumph of secularism over repressive Islamist practices. The court recently ruled that amendments to the constitution … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] on Wednesday published its decision [text, in Turkish] striking down recent amendments to the Turkish Constitution [text; materials] to allow the wearing of headscarves in universities. Explaining the reasoning for its ruling [JURIST report] in June, the court held that … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2008
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] French politicians are criticizing a court's decision to postpone a Muslim suspect's trial on armed-robbery charges during the holy month of Ramadan [Beliefnet.com backgrounder], arguing that it violates France's constitutional separation of church and state. The Court of Assizes at Ille-et-Vilaine on Friday rescheduled the trial "in the interest … [read more]

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