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Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights dismissed the claims [judgments] of three students claiming their nearly two weeks of detention without charges violated their human rights. The three students were in the UK on student visas when they were detained and have since returned to their homes in Pakistan. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Sep 2015
by William J. Rich of Washburn University School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist William J. Rich, of Washburn University School of Law, discusses the conflict between branches of the Kansas government that has been intensified in the case of Solomon v. Kansas... In 2014, the Kansas legislature altered the way in which chief administrative judges are chosen, transferring selection authority … [read more]


Student Commentary
23 Sep 2015
by Devin Cohen of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Devin Cohen from St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the first author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Cohen discusses the problems surrounding Veterans suffering PTSD and their right to receive military benefits...Individuals … [read more]


Features
14 Sep 2015
by Allison Hall

The modern state of Iran was established in 1925 when Reza Shah Pahlavi was crowned, marking the end of the Qajar Dynasty. Prior to this, Iran was part of the Persian Empire, which lasted from 550 BC until it became the current nation-state following World War I. Reza Shah notably … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday passed a bill [materials] to revamp the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act [materials]. The bill comes as part of an effort to overhaul the old law and give more flexibility to states in setting their own standards for student and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday ruled in favor of tight regulations pointed at the for-profit college industry. The court ruled that the Education Department [official website] has the right to demand that schools show that their graduates are financially dependent enough … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Colombia's Congress voted on Wednesday to limit presidents to a single term, a measure backed by President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish]. The presidential term limit undoes a law passed by Santos' predecessor and rival, Alvaro Uribe, and reverts to the term limits that were in place … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing [official profile] called [press release] Tuesday on the Serbian government to take immediate action to improve the current housing crisis that has left many Serbian citizens without adequate housing. While Serbia boasts a high rate of homeownership due to … [read more]


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

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]


Legal News
30 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former Israeli prime minster Ehud Olmert [JURIST news archive] was convicted Monday by the Jerusalem District Court [official website] of fraud and breach of trust in connection to payments received from American businessman Morris Talansky. According to Talansky's previous testimony, he provided [NYT report] Olmert with more than USD … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture [official website] on Thursday criticized [report, PDF] Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly [official website] voted Tuesday to extend the term of President Salva Kiir [official website; JURIST news archive] by three years. This move follows [Reuters report] the cancellation of elections that were to be held in June and the dissolution of negotiations to end the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez [official website] on Thursday outlined [press release] the substantial progress Georgia has made in eliminating torture and poor conditions in their prisons. But Mr. Méndez stressed that further changes still must be made. According to the report, Georgia's prison system has … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Zambian High Court [official website] Judge Mwila Chitabo on Thursday ordered a stay of the arrest warrant [orders, JPG] against chief prosecutor Mutembo Nchito after a lower court issued the warrant on claims of corruption. The High Court judge held that the lower court had no authority to hear … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Nepal created two commissions Tuesday to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances that occurred during the nation's 10-year civil war, said Nepali Law Minister Narahari Acharya [official profile]. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will investigate [Reuters report] abuses committed during the conflict, and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances … [read more]


Features
4 Feb 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The US launched its embargo against Cuba in retaliation to Fidel Castro's declared allegiance to the Soviet Union. The embargo, though undergoing various transformations after its inception, remained official US policy until December 2014 when the Obama administration announced policy changes and planned to resume diplomatic ties in response to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Zambia's new president, Defense and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu, was sworn on Sunday after he was declared the winner of the presidential poll [official results] Saturday night. Lungu was a candidate for the Patriotic Front [party website], the ruling party in Zambia. The elections were called [BBC report] after … [read more]


Features
21 Nov 2014
by Christopher Dellana

The Middle Eastern-based Islamic State (IS) goes by many names, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), but these are only recent denominations for an organization whose origins predate al-Qaeda's presence in Iraq. The forerunner of IS … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] A group of six school districts, seven parents and two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Monday against the Pennsylvania Department of Education [official website] and others accusing them of not providing students an adequate education and discriminating against students because of their locality. The petitioners claim that … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities [official website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the federal government challenging recently enacted "gainful employment" regulations [text, pdf] that would penalize schools for not preparing students for their chosen career paths. The regulations [DOE backgrounder] require that career … [read more]

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