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Professional Commentary
1 Sep 2015
by Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom argues that a recent decision of Ohio Board of Professional Conduct compelling state judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unreasonable and unaccommodating ... The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a scorched-earth policy against state judges who … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes raises concerns [press … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss [press release] the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Thursday was handed a 15-day prison sentence for distributing leaflets attempting to publicize an "anti-crisis" demonstration that is planned to take place March 1. As Navalny was escorted out of the courthouse after given his sentence, … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] UN rights experts on Friday urged [press release] the Omani government to release Said Ali Said Jadad, a human rights activist. Jadad, who promoted democratic reforms, was arrested last week with no warrant and charged with undermining the prestige of the state, inciting demonstrations, steering up sectarian strife and … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court announced an early verdict on Tuesday, giving opposition activist Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] a suspended sentence of 3.5 years for embezzlement, and ordering him to stay under house arrest until the sentence takes effect. The court also sentenced [RT report] … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A court in the Republic of Macedonia [BBC backgrounder] on Wednesday found Zoran Zaev, the leader of the country's main opposition party, guilty of slandering Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. According to the private lawsuit filed by the prime minister, Zaev, leader of the Social-Democrat party, falsely claimed [Reuters report] … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to pay damages in the amount of €16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny [JURIST news archive] guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit [RFE/RL report] after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account [personal account, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] On Sunday the Oman Court of First Instance sentenced the former executive of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Muhammad Ali, to 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.7 million Omani rials for conviction in five cases of graft. A similar sentence along with a smaller fine was given … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Anti-government protesters on Sunday seized and occupied the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice building in Kiev and did not disperse until a government minister threatened to initiate a state of emergency Monday morning. The Ukrainian civic group Spilna Sprava, translated as "Common Cause," has reportedly claimed responsibility [RT report] for … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] promised concessions on Friday in response to the growing unrest in the country. The concessions would include [AP report] a change in Yanukovych's cabinet members, amnesty for many imprisoned protesters who have not been accused of serious crimes, and reform of the country's … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website, JURIST news archive] on Friday signed a bill [official website] punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. The law was passed [JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Ukraine lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. Critics allege [Al Jazeera report] the laws were passed to suppress protests against President Viktor … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Egypt's Middle East News Agency (MENA) [official website] announced on Monday that Judge Hisham Genina and two journalists will be prosecuted for allegedly insulting other judges. Genina gave an interview to Moammed el-Sanhouri, a reporter for Al-Masry Al-Youm daily in 2012, in which the judge accused the head of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) [official website] in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos [CIA backgrounder]. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday in Millbrook v. US [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) [28 USC § 1346] and exceptions [28 USC § 2680(h)] to it, waive the immunity of prison guards who commit intentional torts that are within … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Friday praised [press release] Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said's [official website, in Arabic] decision to pardon all activists and writers convicted last year for insulting the ruler, information technology crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. Qaboos issued the pardon [Reuters report] … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Omani Appeal Court on Sunday granted bail to eight out of 11 political protestors charged with "illegal gathering with the intention of provoking a riot" and "blocking the flow of traffic" under Oman's penal code. Omani authorities detained the men in June for participating in peaceful sit-ins [HRW … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Landriscina, New York Civil Liberties Union Legal Fellow, revisits her article on the displacement of the Chagos Islanders by the US and UK. Here, she examines what she argues is the lackluster response of the US to a petition of the plight of the Chagossians and … [read more]

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