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Professional Commentary
14 Jan 2016
by Craig Welch of University of Liverpool
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Craig Welch of LWC Policy Consulting, Inc. discusses legislation regulating tobacco packaging in the international context, and related health and safety issues... A recent Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) decision in Singapore represents a major setback for tobacco companies in their fight against plain packaging legislation. But … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Russia's Investigative Committee [official website, in Russian] on Friday, charged [press release, in Russian] former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] with multiple murders and attempted murders during the 1990s according to the Interfax agency. Khodorkovsky is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of a local mayor, … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Oct 2015
by Margaret Dore of Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Dore argues that a new law to legalize assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse and family trauma, and that it will encourage people with years to live to throw away their lives...California has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide, which is scheduled to … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Appeals convicted rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja on charges related to her ripping up a photo of the Bahraini king during a court hearing in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Her appeal reduced her charges for insulting the king from three years to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of war crimes he allegedly committed against prisoners of war in 1992. Prosecutors charged [JURIST report] Oric in August for his alleged involvement in the killing of three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war in … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Thursday that Switzerland was wrong to prosecute former Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek for denying that the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was genocide. The court, by … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... "They are people in genuine need of our protection. There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. I … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Thirty-two nations joined a statement read to the UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday regarding human rights concerns in Bahrain. The message, read by a representative of Switzerland, urged [Reuters report] Bahrain to protect citizens' freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression and to investigate reports of torture … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

Serbian prosecutors on Thursday charged former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric [JURIST news archive] with war crimes against prisoners of war in 1992. Oric is accused of involvment in the killing of three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war in the villages of Zalazje, Kunjerac and Lolici. It is reported [Balkan … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former UK bank trader Tom Hayes [BBC profile] was convicted Monday of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud. Following a unanimous jury verdict, Judge Jeremy Cooke [official profile] sentenced Hayes to 14 years in prison for attempting to rig the London interbank offered rate (Libor) [WSJ market data]. Hayes, … [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
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

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
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
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The German Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a resolution [press release] declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution on Wednesday calling [press release] the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage [BBC report] by using the same term … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Nuclear talks continued Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days before a self-imposed deadline for a preliminary deal set by the six world powers involved in the negotiations with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] and French and German foreign ministers have cancelled travel plans to leave … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged [press release] EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev [Russia Profile] about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights [press release]. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]

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