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Academic Commentary
12 Jun 2015
by Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law discusses the significance of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta... The Magna Carta sealed by King John on June 15, 1215 in Runnymede England is one of the world's most important legal documents. It has … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, called on the countries of the world Wednesday to focus [press release] on human rights struggles of the Roma people and to take action to end discrimination and racism. Wednesday marks International Roma Day. Izsák urged nations to protect minority … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Romani children are continuing to be placed in special needs schools by Czech authorities, despite a European Court of Human Rights [official website] decision [text], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Thursday. The case was decided over seven years ago, and involved a group of primary-school Roma children … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Namibia Supreme Court ruled [judgment] Monday that three HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized in public hospitals. This decision affirms [JURIST report] the July 2012 intermediate court ruling [judgment], which stated that the sterilizations were illegal because circumstances rendered the consent coerced and uninformed. All three sterilizations occurred while … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN human rights office [official website] on Monday said that the Tanzanian government's system of placing children with albinism in government care centers does not provide this vulnerable group with adequate protection from those who target albinos due to erroneous beliefs and superstitions. The widespread belief that the … [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]


Features
10 Feb 2014

Detroit's population was over 1.8 million residents in 1950, and it held the fifth spot on the list of America's most populous cities. That was the peak of the city's population. In fact its population has seen a decline in every census thereafter. Detroit lost over half of its population … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law examines the recent oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action ...From reading the transcript of the oral argument in the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, I was appalled at the level of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] US District Judge Myron Thompson approved a settlement [opinion, PDF] Monday that will end segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. The settlement came as a result of a 2012 decision [opinion, PDF] by Thompson, who found that separating HIV-positive inmates from other inmates was discriminatory [JURIST report] and … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) [official website] on Wednesday announced an end to its policy of segregating HIV-positive inmates at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. As of August 1, eight HIV-positive female inmates were transferred [AL.com report] to the general prison population, with similar changes to the male … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted permission on Tuesday for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] to force-feed select inmates who are near death, even if the inmates had previously signed orders asking not to … [read more]


Features
21 Jul 2013

This feature has been updated, as of June 6, 2014. Please refer to State Bans on Affirmative Action for the most recent information. On June 4, 1965, US President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a commencement address at Howard University in Washington, DC, that applauded efforts by the federal government to … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

This feature has been updated, as of June 6, 2014. Please refer to State Bans on Affirmative Action for the most recent information. On June 4, 1965, US President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a commencement address at Howard University in Washington, DC, that applauded efforts by the federal government … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) [official website] ended [press release, PDF] its policy of separating prisoners infected with HIV from the general population on Wednesday, making South Carolina the final US state to do so. The SCDC abolished the policy in an effort to revamp medical services … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Friday urged South Asian countries to strengthen legislation to prevent caste-based discrimination [press release]. In South Asia, those members of society who are of low caste are referred to as "Dalits" or "untouchables." The UN experts noted that Dalits endure "marginalization, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law reveals the history behind recent changes to law and policy which will affect the involvement of military forces with civilian domestic law enforcement...Weeks prior to the devastating Boston Marathon bombings, and months after the disastrous effects of Hurricane … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A UN rights expert on Monday urged [press release] EU member states [official list] to do more to ensure that Roma [AI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] peoples receive the support necessary to fully enjoy all their basic human rights. As Monday was International Roma Day, UN Independent Expert on … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] called upon the European Union (EU) [official website] on Thursday to end discrimination against Roma [AI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] communities throughout Europe. There are roughly six million Roma throughout the EU, many of whom face abject poverty, substandard education, violent attacks and other … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ken E. Norman of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Law draws a comparison between the notion of free speech in the United States with the Supreme Court of Canada's recent ruling upholding a prohibition on hate speech ... The last two days in February witnessed stories … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Monday published the written judgment [materials, in Spanish] for its December decision striking down Oaxaca's same-sex marriage ban. In its reasoning the Mexican high court compared the Oaxaca law to US legislation held to be unconstitutional in two US … [read more]

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