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Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] China's top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee [official website], on Wednesday adopted a controversial new National Security Law that increases cyber security powers and provides the possibility of establishing efficient crisis management systems. At its bi-monthly session, 155 members of the committee voted on the measure. The law will … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURSIT] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Zivotofsky v. Kerry [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Constitution gives the president the exclusive power to recognize foreign sovereigns. Seeking to have his place of birth listed as "Israel" on his passport, Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky and his family appealed … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urgently called [press release] on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus [official website], announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims [Reuters report] that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said [press release] Thursday that the upcoming elections in Burundi [CIA backgrounder] place the nation at a critical moment in history, with an opportunity to choose free and fair elections to "strengthen and mature Burundi's still fragile … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited [AP report] to Spain … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed the Argentine government's appeal of a contempt charge in an ongoing dispute over Argentina's bond default in 2001. The contempt charge resulted after Buenos Aires refused to pay two US hedge funds and sought to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
30 Mar 2015
by Roxane Peyser of Law Office of Roxane Peyser

JURIST Guest Columnist Roxane Peyser of the Law Office of Roxane Peyser in Lyons, Colorado discusses the issues in question concerning challenges to Colorado's legalization of marijuana...The requirement that a plaintiff have standing is derived from Article III of the Constitution, limiting federal courts to adjudicate actual cases and controversies. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control [AP report] over the South Ossetia [BBC profile] breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] An EU official said [press release] Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Five men appeared in a Moscow courtroom Sunday for charges relating to the murder of liberal Russian political activist and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov [BBC profile]. Nemstov was shot in the back four times [BBC report] on a bridge near the Kremlin before the unidentified shooter fled … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] announced [press release] on Saturday that Washington is considering "additional sanctions" against Russia in light of the most recent events in Ukraine. In the statement, he accused Russia of engaging in "extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] Judge Callie Granade on Thursday ordered Probate Court of Mobile County [official website] Judge Don Davis to issue same-sex marriage licenses. In her ruling in Strawser v. Strange [text], Granade stated, "[t]his injunction binds Judge Don Davis and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Burundian National Defense Forces and police have committed at least 47 extrajudicial executions following a confrontation with an armed group in Cibitoke, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Thursday. HRW also said that armed members of the Burundian youth force, known as the Imbonerakure [TRAC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to disclose … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An official for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) [official website] on Tuesday stated [press release] that human rights activists in Burundi have been the subjects of threats and defamation for their current role within the state. According to Special Rapporteur on the situation … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional … [read more]

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