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Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Jul 2015
by Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International

JURIST Guests Netsanet Belay and Solomon Sacco of Amnesty International discuss two recent cases in which states have used diplomatic immunity as a pretext for not executing arrest warrants for visiting public officials who are wanted for crimes under international law, thereby upholding impunity for serious crimes.... Two cases in … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

An Arkansas judge on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] that 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year be recognized as valid. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ordered the recognition of the marriages performed during a six-day window last year after another Arkansas court struck down the state's same-sex … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The chief judge for the US District Court of Guam [official website] on Friday struck down the territory's same-sex marriage ban. The ruling came in a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed in April by same-sex couple Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan after they were denied a marriage license. Chief Judge Frances … [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 William Helbling

[JURIST] The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) [TRAC backgrounder] committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report claims that the … [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] Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin [official website] on Friday stated that his nation has requested an expansion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation in Ukraine to include recent conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The nation already granted [JURIST report] the ICC permission to investigate crimes … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday ordered the provisional release [order, PDF] pursuant to an interlocutory appeal for Goran Hadžic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the former president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Attorney General of Guam [official website] on Wednesday directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. The action by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson comes two weeks after a same-sex couple brought a suit in the US territory challenging its marriage law [press release, PDF] upon being denied a … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code [text] contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary César Miranda stated, "It [is] neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality of that law." … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas violates the laws of … [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
6 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] on Thursday reported [UN News Centre report] that ongoing blockages restricting movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza have "undermined" the living conditions of nearly two million Palestinians. The OCHA reports that the restrictions, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2015
by Chris Jenks of SMU Dedman School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Jenks of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, evaluates the progress in adherence to human rights and international law in Central African Republic and claims that notwithstanding efforts of global community, it is hard to be optimistic ...As JURIST noted last month, the UN published … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 civil guards of using excessive force against 15 sub-Saharan immigrants who drowned attempting to swim around a seawall between Ceuta and Morocco last February. A judge opened an investigation [El País report, in Spanish] into the circumstances surrounding their deaths and has … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] both sides to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to "take immediate steps to protect civilians in the days before [the ceasefire] comes into force ... on Saturday night at midnight." According to the group, civilians are now at an … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Stefaan Smis & Derek Inman & Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel

JURIST Guest Columnists Stefaan Smis, Derek Inman and Pacifique Muhindo of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, discuss the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Democratic Republic of Congo and urge for the change in national priorities in order to stop impunity and injustice in the country...Over the last two … [read more]

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