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Legal News
6 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

Judge Vernon Broderick for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Thursday that suspended Deputy UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo cannot claim diplomatic immunity on bribery charges. Lorenzo, representing the Dominican Republic, has been facing criminal allegations involving bribery [complaint, PDF] since early … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas [official profile] on Tuesday urged governments in the Pacific Rim not to sign [press release] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without first "reaffirming ... human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Urging a "new generation of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] stated [press release] Tuesday that migrant detention facilities in Cyprus need better monitoring and should improve conditions. The SPT urged that individuals be promptly informed as to why they are being held if they are detained so as … [read more]


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
9 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday warned [statement] that the use of cluster bombs by a Saudi-led coalition against neighborhoods in Yemen may amount to a war crime. Cluster bombs spread bomblets over a wide area, many of which do not immediately explode, allowing the bomblets to … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Belgian prosecutors on Tuesday said that authorities have taken into custody two people suspected of plotting New Year's Eve attacks of popular tourist spots in Brussels. According to their statement, police on Sunday and Monday conducted raids [AFP report] around Brussels and the Liege region, ultimately seizing military-style training uniforms, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

South Korea and Japan agreed [press release] on Monday to a final resolution on the issue of "comfort women" [BBC backgrounder] who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida admitted responsibility on behalf of the Japanese government and pledged one billion … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday submitted a proposed Constitutional amendment to the French Parliament to address anti-terrorism laws in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris in November. It is reported [WSJ report] that the proposed amendments would allow the government to strip the nationality of natural born … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The French Human Rights League and the Collective against Islamophobia [official websites] on Thursday joined over 100 organizations to issue a statement [petition, in French] asking the French government to lift the state of emergency. The petition urges the government to defend individual rights and public freedoms, restore the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses the need to strengthen existing international law on incendiary weapons ... Incendiary weapons inflict almost unrivaled cruelty on their victims. Photos taken after an incendiary weapon attack on a Syrian school show the charred bodies of children, who must have … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment on Thursday spoke [press release] at the Paris Climate Conference, reminding all nations that environmental issues are human rights issues. The conference includes 190 nations discussing a new universal agreement that would work to reduce greenhouse gas to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Nov 2015
by Frans von der Dunk of University of Nebraska College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Frans von der Dunk of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law discusses the recent US Space Launch Competitiveness Act... On November 25, 2015, President Obama signed into law the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262). This Act encompasses four titles: I. Spurring Private Aerospace … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Belgian prosecutors said Monday that they have charged a fourth suspect in connection with the Paris attacks. Mohammed Amri and Hamza Attou have been charged [BBC report], along with two unnamed individuals, for aiding Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who remains at large. The four individuals charged were among … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday unanimously adopted [press release] a new resolution [draft, PDF] calling on all member states to fight to eradicate the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) [JURIST backgrounder]. Introduced by France in the wake of ISIL attacks that claimed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] voted Thursday to extend the state of emergency [materials, in French] for another three months. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and allows authorities to restrict movement of individuals and vehicles with the country's borders. During … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Michael J. Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law argues that France has the legal right to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty following the Paris ISIS attacks...Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Syria was a French mandate from 1923 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker, former Professor at the American University of Paris, discusses the European Union's Immigration and Asylum Policy ... "The challenge to the European project today is existential. The refugee crisis has brought that to light. What was unimaginable before now becomes imaginable, namely the disintegration of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Senate approved the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act [HR 2262] on Tuesday, granting US citizens the right to legally claim natural resources mined in space. The Act is intended to facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law discusses the Children's Bill of Rights... Earlier this month, three House Democrats in the US Congress introduced a resolution calling for the establishment of a Children's Bill of Rights. But why? The US is already a signatory to … [read more]

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