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Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) [website] violates antitrust laws by limiting what compensation student athletes can receive. The appeals court, however, rejected a proposal to pay students up to … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] United Arab Emirates (UAE) Labor Minister Saqr Ghobash on Tuesday announced new labor reforms [press release, in Arabic] to provide increased oversight on the thousands of employment agreements conducted with temporary migrant workers. Ghobash told reporters [AP report] that the new reforms will be rolled out in three government … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Hungary's National Assembly [official website, in Hungarian] on Tuesday approved a law allowing the Hungarian army to use non-lethal weapons on refugees entering the country illegally. The new law allows the army to assist police in checking passports, controlling the flow of migrant traffic and detaining suspects. However, the … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] against New Jersey Tuesday, deciding 2-1 to uphold the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks since 2009, … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] on Monday declined to assert jurisdiction [opinion, PDF] over whether Northwestern University [official website] football players can form a union, overturning its 2014 decision [opinion, PDF] which recognized the players as university employees. In its unanimous decision [press release], which concerned … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Swiss authorities on Thursday said that the United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA [official website] officials who were arrested on corruption charges in late May. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) [official website] announced that formal extradition requests by the US were submitted on Wednesday. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers voted Thursday to reject a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong's leader to be elected by the general public. After a lengthy debate, 28 legislators voted against [AP report] the proposal, enough to defeat the measure. The Chinese government, which had supported the legislation, said … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] on Wednesday issued "wanted person alerts" for six men having ties to the ongoing FIFA scandal [LAT backgrounder] on charges including racketeering, money laundering and corruption. The alerts are a notice and warning that the men may be arrested in any country to which they travel. … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US prosecutors on Wednesday charged [indictment, PdF] 14 top FIFA [official website] officials with offenses including racketeering, money laundering and bribery, alleging that the men used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to support various sites of FIFA World Cup … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Apr 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and extensive media coverage have … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday on behalf of US citizens still in Yemen against the US State Department and the Department of Defense [official websites] for allegedly failing to launch an evacuation plan. The … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The Malaysian government on Monday proposed two laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting acts of terror. While the government hopes to curb Islamic militant activities, critics say the laws could restrict civil liberties [News24 report]. The … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Howard Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law discusses the intricacies of Alabama judiciary and their effect on same-sex marriage recognition describing the reasons behind Alabama judges' stance on same-sex marriage issue...Alabama has an unfortunate history when it comes to civil rights—George Wallace in the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2015
by Andrew Leipold of University of Illinois College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston is a … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

With the European Games [official website] approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliyev. Human … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. In … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Feb 2015
by Brian Eisner of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Eisner, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the eleventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Eisner discusses the California's School Success and Opportunity Act and transgender equality...Imagine you … [read more]

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