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Legal News
7 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] With a tremendous influx of refugees in the Greek islands of Chios, Kalymnos, Kos, Lesvos, Leros and Samos, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) aid capabilities have been stretched thin. Working through a four-day shipping strike, the UN refugee agency on Saturday reasserted its call … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] dismissed [order, PDF] a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide [BBC report] for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] US National Security Council [official website] spokesperson Caitlin Hayden announced [press release] on Friday that the White House is placing new sanctions on over 30 organizations and individuals with ties to Iran. The sanctions come as the US continues to negotiate with Iran regarding the future of the country's … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Aug 2014
by Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. "The Kurd has … [read more]

Legal News
16 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Hanoi Supreme People's Court [official website, in Vietnamese] on Monday sentenced [press release, in Vietnamese] two top executives to death for "taking bribes." Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) [official website], and former general director Mai Van Phuc were convicted of embezzlement … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted three individuals charged with sinking the Bahamas-flagged oil tanker Prestige 11 years ago, finding no criminal liability. The three-judge court determined [AP report] that the ship sank due to poor maintenance and repair rather than the action of the individuals. The named defendants … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] Maritime Labor Convention [text] came into effect [press release] Tuesday. The international standards, originally adopted by the ILO in 2006, required ratification by a minimum of 30 ILO member states to come into force as international law, with the additional requirement that … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

International efforts to rebuild postwar Iraq generated a breadth of legal issues. Following reconstruction investments were often managed by US-based entities, and most legal claims and disputes that arose involved American citizens. Many of the prominent reconstruction disputes arose from the awarding of US government service contracts to American firms. … [read more]

Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] on Thursday amended Senate Bill 160 [text, PDF], implementing stricter security and immigration compliance than the original 2011 version. The modifications impose tougher penalties and heighten identification requirements. First, the bill requires all public employers, their contractors and subcontractors to verify the work … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 Nov 2012

JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, in the first of two pieces on laws pertaining to homosexual acts in Dependencies of the UK, argues that male, homosexual-specific criminal offenses in Guernsey should be modernized to parallel the laws of the UK...The Sexual Offences Act 2003 … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that, in order to counter China's attempts to expand its maritime jurisdiction, the US must become a party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea...US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her diplomatic hat handed … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of the Ave Maria School of Law says that the recent confrontation between a US warship and a foreign vessel in the Strait of Hormuz is the most recent in a history of incidents where time-tested tactics have shaped the economic and political security of … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Pakistani Parliament on Thursday approved recommendations [text] for redefining the government's relationship with the US and NATO, including calling for an end to CIA drone strikes. The new plan comes in response [Pakistan Today report] to the incidental drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. The … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Margulies of Roger Williams University School of Law says that Congress should weigh the advantages and risks of secrecy carefully as it considers the new FOIA exemption that the Obama administration has proposed in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision...The Obama administration asked Congress … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] is liable to a number of Louisiana property owners for its inadequate work on a shipping channel that caused billions of dollars in … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Amsterdam Appeals Court on Friday upheld a 1 million euro (USD $1.3 million) fine against oil trading company Trafigura [corporate website] for shipping hazardous waste to the Netherlands and illegally exporting the waste to the Ivory Coast in 2006. The company chartered a ship, the Probo Koala, to … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Seychelles President James Michel [official profile] on Monday asked world leaders to address security problems in Somalia with greater urgency on Monday in order to lower the rate of Somali pirate [JURIST news archive] attacks in the southern Indian Ocean. In letters to a number of leaders, including US … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Five Somali men went on trial [Reuters report] Tuesday in a Dutch court on charges of maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] related to hijacking a South African yacht and kidnapping its crew. The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service [official website, in Dutch] spokesman, Wim De Bruin, said [statement, video] the … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Four alleged Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] captured from a hijacked ship are being put on trial in South Korea, but lawyers for the pirates argue the court does not have jurisdiction to try them. South Korean forces captured five alleged pirates in a raid on a hijacked South … [read more]

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