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Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]


Student Commentary
31 Jan 2012

JURIST Senior Editor Edward SanFilippo, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, argues that alternative business models can address societal changes in the US... (His opinions are not intended to represent those of JURIST)Americans are restless. A call for change comes from many corners. The Occupy movement emphasized … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday overturned a constitutional amendment [judgment, PDF] that had allowed religious parties to participate in politics. The court, upholding a lower court decision, held that the Fifth Amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution [text], which allowed the participation of religious political parties and … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The Russian Prosecutor General's Office [official website, in Russian] on Friday banned [press release, in Russian] Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf [Britannica backgrounder], finding it in violation of laws against extremism. The step was taken pursuant to Article I of Russia's Law to Combat Extremist Activities. According to the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Nigerien rights group, the United Front for the Safeguard of Democratic Assets (Fusad), called Tuesday for the prosecution of ousted president Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] on treason charges. Fusad, which is allied with the opposition party that led last week's coup [JURIST report], claims that Tandja is guilty of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Niger's military leaders on Thursday suspended the country's constitution [text, DOC] and dissolved all state institutions after the coup [JURIST report] that took place the same day. A spokesperson for the military junta, which is calling itself the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), made the announcement … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Niger President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] was taken hostage on Thursday in an apparent coup attempt by dissident army officials, leaving at least three Nigerien soldiers dead. The opposition forces invaded the presidential palace [AP report] with machine guns during a meeting of government ministers and kidnapped Tandja along … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Oct 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark Brown, holder of the Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler Chair at Capital University School of Law, says that in the midst of the current furor over health care reform legislation we should remember that America's own revered Founding Fathers authorized, and sometimes embraced, governmental programs that … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Niger opposition leader who opposed a constitutional referendum [JURIST report] to allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office said Monday that he had been charged with financial crimes. Mahamadou Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) [party website, in French], claims … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Members of the Niger opposition party said Saturday that police had detained 30 former opposition lawmakers, allegedly at the behest of Niger President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile]. The 30 former member of parliament were arrested on charges of embezzlement [AFP report], but are likely being targeted for their opposition … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Niger's opposition parties on Monday announced that they would resist any effort to implement a new constitution expanding executive powers, which was approved [JURIST report] by Nigerien voters earlier this month and validated [AFP report] by the country's Constitutional Court on Friday. Human rights activist Abdul Kamardine said [VOA … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Voters in Niger overwhelmingly approved a referendum Friday establishing a new constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office. Among the new constitution's changes is the abolition of a presidential two-term limit, allowing Tandja to remain in office for three more years [AFP report] … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Niger held a referendum Tuesday on a proposed constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office. Tandja had previously promised to step down when his second five-year term expires in December, but if the new constitution is approved, he will be allowed to remain … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] An opposition politician in Niger on Tuesday accused President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] of committing a coup d'etat by annulling the West African country's Constitutional Court on Monday. Bazoum Mohamed of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) [party website] said that Tandja did not have the right … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Bangladeshi Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed [official website] on Thursday declared his government's desire to restore Bangladesh's 1972 constitution [text, PDF]. The move signals an intent to return [Hindu News report] to the four principles of nationalism, democracy, secularism, and socialism that Bangladesh endorsed after its … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Several Bolivian opposition groups have said that the nation's new constitution is illegitimate, alleging that supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] used legal loopholes to rush its approval. An International Crisis Group [official website] report [PDF text; ICG press release] released Thursday said … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A Chilean court indicted five navy officers and a navy doctor Friday for their role in the kidnapping, torture, and killings of British-Chilean priest Micheal Woodward [profile] and other political dissidents. Retired admirals Sergio Barros, Guillermo Aldoney and Adolfo Walbaum and retired navy captains Sergio Barra and Ricardo Riesgo, … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The Bolivian Constitutional Assembly [official website, in Spanish] approved the text of a new draft constitution for the country Saturday, according to Constitutional Assembly President Silvia Lazarte. Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, Spanish; BBC profile] has sought a full rewrite of the country's constitution [text as amended] to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] said Monday it has dismissed [press release] an appeal made by writer Ernst Zundel [ADL profile; CBC profile] to overturn his February conviction for denying the Holocaust. Earlier this year, Zundel was sentenced to five years in prison after … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Bolivian Constitutional Assembly [official website, in Spanish] president Silvia Lazarte announced a month-long suspension of constitutional reform talks Friday, citing security concerns after days of violent protests by university students and other opposition members who have demanded the relocation of the Bolivian capital [LA Times report] from the city … [read more]

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