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Legal News
20 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website] on Friday handed down [press release] its first judgment, finding journalist Karma Khayat in contempt of court for not removing a broadcast made in 2012. The STL, set up to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2015
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses Egypt's anti-terrorism law... After the revolution of 2011, which resulted in President Hosni Mubarak being forced to step down, delegating his powers to the armed forces, Egypt witnessed a huge wave of factional protest movements and escalated violence, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
11 Aug 2015
by Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Nancy Marcus of Indiana Tech Law School discusses religious freedom in the US...In a recent battle between reproductive rights and religious freedom, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman rejected claims brought by a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists seeking … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2015
by Caroline Mala Corbin of University of Miami School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Caroline Mala Corbin, of University of Miami School of Law, discusses whether filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption is a substantial burden on religious liberty... Does filing paperwork in order to obtain a religious exemption from a law constitute a substantial burden on religious … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner [BBC profile] that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel Rafecas … [read more]

Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [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
21 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc. [corporate website], seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals … [read more]

Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Four death row inmates filed a complaint [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday challenging Substitute House Bill 663 [text], a measure providing for the confidentiality of entities involved in the manufacture of drugs for use in capital punishment by lethal injection, and of the persons involved in executing a sentence of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2014
by Peter Hammer of Wayne State University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter J. Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the socioeconomic disparities that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals experience in Michigan ...In an increasing number of domains, from worker rights, to marriage inequality, to state-imposed "Emergency Managers," almost exclusively in majority-minority cities, Michigan is becoming … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Angie Lin of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in assisted reproductive fertility … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Sep 2014
by Robert Bracknell of

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the case for transparency in court-martial records equivalent to … [read more]

Student Commentary
25 Aug 2014
by Sacha Baniel-Stark of New York University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is fundamentally flawed...On July 23, 2014 … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed [AP report] a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a $5.1 million fraud judgment against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan [corporate website] (BCBSM). Hi-Lex [corporate website], a car parts manufacturer, sued BCBSM for carrying on in bad faith regarding its Administrative … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2014
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder said [video, mp4] on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] is in the process of investigating several financial institutions and criminal charges may follow. In the video released by the DOJ, Holder said that no institution is "too big to jail" … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Adam R. Banner of Oklahoma Legal Group

JURIST Columnist Adam R. Banner discusses the recent controversies surrounding the executions in Oklahoma... "They say lethal injection causes no pain. How do they know? Did someone come back from the dead and say they didn't feel anything?" These prolific words, uttered by inmate Groves in the first season of … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed rebel groups, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] on Tuesday. Pillay briefed the Security Council on the human rights situations in Syria, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, … [read more]

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