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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday asked [press release] for the court's prosecutor to review her decision not to investigate the 2010 Israeli raid of a flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip. Review of the decision [AP report] was requested by the Union of Comoros. … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China has significantly restricted the freedom of movement [HRW report] for Tibetans and other minorities said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday. Referencing a report [report] released by HRW last week, the rights group stated that China's two-tiered passport issuing system essentially requires residents of certain areas … [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
15 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court [official website] that he should be kept in the country [JURIST report] because of International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] warrants [ICC materials] for his arrest. Shortly … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The government of Peru on Saturday declared a two-month period of martial law in the southern state of Arequipa where residents are protesting the construction of a copper mine. Being under martial law allows police to enter homes without search warrants, as well as to break up protests and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded [PTI report] that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response [Express Tribune report] to anti-drone activist … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An Argentinian appeals court on Thursday dismissed charges against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner [BBC profile] for conspiring to insulate Iranian officials' from prosecution over their alleged participation in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The charges were filed by prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner [BBC profile] that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel Rafecas … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Thursday said that she is "sure" [Telam report] that the death of prosecutor Albert Nisman was not a suicide as initially indicated [JURIST report]. Nisman had been appointed to lead the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Argentine authorities said Tuesday they would full investigate the death of the prosecutor who had accused [JURIST report] President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on Sunday, the day before he was scheduled to testify … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] An Argentinian federal prosecutor on Wednesday accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of being involved in covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack. The bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association is said to have been one of the country's worst attacks, resulting in 85 deaths. … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Ugandan army on Wednesday confirmed that top Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is now in the custody of US forces. Ongwen, the second-in-command of the rebel militia group headed by alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], surrendered himself [AFP report] on … [read more]


Student Commentary
19 Dec 2014
by Gregory Fouladi of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Fouladi, Valparaiso University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the Constitutional ambiguity surrounding Federal Agency phishing techniques ... Imagine a scenario where you are sitting in a private area of your home browsing on your personal computer. You may have be doing research, reading the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Bosnian police on Monday arrested [press release, in Serbian] 12 men suspected of war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] stated that these individuals allegedly violated Article 172 of the Criminal Code [text, PDF], committing crimes … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for opposition leader and former cricketer Imran Khan [NYT backgrounder] and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri [official website] in connection with protests in September. Thousands of protesters led by the two leaders marched [Reuters report] in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Fatou Bensouda, said Thursday there is no reasonable basis [report, PDF] to continue the investigation of a 2010 raid by the Israeli Defense Forces on flotilla vessels headed for Gaza. While the prosecutor said that there was a "reasonable … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder]. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human rights issues … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Christina Alam

[JURIST] A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights [press release]. In his report [text, PDF] to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] raised … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] issued an order [text, PDF] last week asking authorities in Saudi Arabia to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archives] while he is on pilgrimage in Mecca currently. The order came in response [ST report] to an urgent … [read more]

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