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11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Vatican City State Tribunal [official website] on Saturday delayed [press release] the child abuse trial of former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski due to an "unexpected illness" that resulted in hospitalization. The accused, formerly stationed in the Dominican Republic, is charged with pedophilia and possession of child pornography. Reports … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry [official website, in Hebrew] had … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Minnesota judge on Monday approved a settlement [press release] in a landmark sexual abuse case involving Catholic church leaders that neglected to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. The plaintiffs accused the church leaders of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn the parishioners, which is the … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee [official websites] that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture [text] on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic church has insisted that … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report [text, PDF] published Friday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. This number equals the total death count [AP report] recorded between 2010 and … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Wednesday condemning the Holy See [official website] for its handling of allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The report calls on the Vatican to remove all priests who … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child [official website] on Thursday criticized the Vatican [official website] on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge [AFP report] that the Holy See had … [read more]

Legal News
27 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Superior Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously reversed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty … [read more]

Legal News
16 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Nigerian government to investigate the deaths of hundreds of people detained by the country's military Joint Task Force (JTF). Evidence gathered by AI reveals that more than 950 people have died in military custody this year, with most deaths … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Nigerian Socio-Economic and Rights Accountability Project [advocacy website] announced Sunday that it has filed a petition with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] urging it to investigate school attacks resulting in the deaths of teachers and students in northeast Nigeria as crimes against humanity. The petition came … [read more]

Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] has reason to believe [press release] that, based upon the findings of a preliminary investigation, crimes against humanity have been committed in Nigeria by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder]. In a report issued … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The US government has made relatively few amendments to federal legislation dealing with undocumented immigration in the past few decades, despite the introduction of numerous pieces of legislation during the last 10 years. This has led individual states to begin formulating their own ways of dealing with the many pressing … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles [official website] on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] has accused a group of Islamist radicals of committing crimes against humanity in Nigeria. According to the OTP's 2012 Report on Preliminary Examination Activities [text, PDF], there is a reasonable basis to conclude that Boko … [read more]

Legal News
7 Nov 2012
by John Paul Regan

[JURIST] The French Council of Ministers [official website, in French] approved a draft bill [press release] Wednesday providing same-sex couples with the right to marry. The bill extends the rights of marriage, including adoption rights, to same-sex couples living in France without altering current legal marriage and adoptive relationships. The … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Nigerian government security forces and Islamist militant group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder] have likely both committed crimes against humanity in the conflict between the two groups which began in 2009, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Thursday. The report states that Boko Haram attacks … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in Vatican City on Saturday sentenced the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI [official website] to eighteen months in prison for leaking confidential papal documents. Paolo Gabriele was convicted on charges of theft for stealing confidential papers from the Vatican [Al Jazeera report], photocopying them and … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] ruled in favor of the Vatican on Monday by holding that priests are not employees of the Holy See [official website], the ecclesiastical, governmental and administrative capital of the Roman Catholic Church. The 10-year-old case … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville [Washington Times profile] on Friday expressed [press briefing] his concern over the continued attacks on churches in Nigeria which have killed more than 100 people, citing possible crimes against humanity. The Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram … [read more]

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