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Legal News
3 days ago
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's [official website] office announced [press release] Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, in addition to the implementation of new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. This … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list] in a case in which relatives of guerrilla conflict victims in Colombia sought to sue Chiquita Brand International [corporate website] for human rights abuses. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Stefaan Smis & Derek Inman & Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel

JURIST Guest Columnists Stefaan Smis, Derek Inman and Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, discuss the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Democratic Republic of Congo and urge for the change in national priorities in order to stop impunity and injustice in the country...Over the last two … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Self-defense products company TASER International Inc. [corporate website] on Friday announced that Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be receiving an order of cameras which will be worn by officers to record their actions in the field. Under the sales agreement, TASER will deliver 700 body cameras, costing an estimated … [read more]

4 Feb 2015

The US launched its embargo against Cuba in retaliation to Fidel Castro's declared allegiance to the Soviet Union. The embargo, though undergoing various transformations after its inception, remained official US policy until December 2014 when the Obama administration announced policy changes and planned to resume diplomatic ties in response to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2015
by Laurie Blank of Emory University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of conflict fought unceasingly in civilian … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday vetoed [text, pdf] gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Dec 2014
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law discusses the Ninth Circuit's denial of intervention in Peruta v. County of San Diego..."You snooze, you lose." At first blush, this maxim seems to capture the essence of the US District Court for the Ninth Circuit's November 12, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2014
by Anastasiia Shtanieva of

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the date of adoption of the Universal Declaration … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Nov 2014
by Fredrick Vars of the University of Alabama School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars, of the University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the new Alabama Gun Control Law and argues that the state's gun regulations will be largely unaffected by the new constitutional amendment...Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment providing that: every citizen … [read more]

21 Nov 2014

On August 8, 2014 the US began airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. The US has since expanded its operations into neighboring Syria. President Obama and his administration proceeded with the airstrike campaign without official congressional approval. Debate surrounding the legality of the US actions began almost immediately. Article … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] denied the motion to intervene [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday in the case of Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego [docket]. In February 2013 the Ninth Circuit held the permit review process established by San Diego County infringed … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday for four ex-Blackwater security guards, now Academi [official website], who shot and killed 14 Iraqis and wounded 17 in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Nicholas Slatten was found … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Oct 2014
by David Harris of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An independent UN rights expert stated [press release] on Monday that there has not been a single child in the Gaza Strip [JURIST news archive] area not affected by the ongoing conflict. Makarim Wibisono [official profile, PDF], the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Sep 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect to what they … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST archive] were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the … [read more]

Legal News
13 Aug 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 [legislative materials] that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Aug 2014
by Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the … [read more]

17 Jul 2014

District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the Supreme Court's … [read more]

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