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Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Danish lawmakers [official website] on Tuesday approved a controversial bill [text, PDF, in Danish] that will allow Danish authorities to seize assets from immigrants seeking asylum in order to cover their expenses. Under the law, police will be allowed to search and seize [The Local report] immigrants' cash or … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Dec 2015
by James Dwyer of College of William & Mary
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist James Dwyer of the College of William & Mary School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding recent removal of a foster child from a same-sex couple...A November foster care review hearing in Utah captured national news attention because the foster parents are a lesbian couple, and, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Nov 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the birth and growth of Medicare and Medicaid. She argues that in this, their 50th year, health care's fraternal twins are coming more to resemble each other, with Medicaid adopting some of the characteristics of its … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] House democrats on Friday introduced [press release] a resolution [text] calling for a Children's Bill of Rights, which would include 22 points meant to ensure the "physical well-being, social and emotional well-being, and educational and life skills" of all children. Representative Judy Chu, a sponsor of the bill, said, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Moroccan born Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, who spent 13 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison, was released [press release] Thursday as part of the Obama Administration's [official website] effort to wind down and eventually close the detention center. The US never formally charged Chekkouri with a crime, but according to … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Aug 2015
by Anneke Meerkotter and Graeme Reid of Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Human Rights Watch
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnists Anneke Meerkotter of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch discuss how recent court rulings in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia illustrate significant progress in human rights in general and in LGBT rights in particular... In the past eight months, three African court … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a California ban [AB 376 text] on the sale of shark fins, which makes it "unlawful for a person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin" in the state. The plaintiffs … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament, the Houses of Oireachtas [official website], passed the Gender Recognition Bill [text, PDF] on Wednesday, which allows transgender people over 18 legal recognition of their preferred gender and changes in their birth certificate. Ireland President Michael Higgins [official website] is expected to sign the bill into law … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A top EU legal adviser stated [opinion] on Thursday that unemployed EU migrants are not automatically entitled to social benefits during their first three months in a different EU country. The recommendation came from the advocate general of the Court of Justice [official website]. Germany had asked the court … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Nebraska on Wednesday became the first Republican-controlled state to repeal the death penalty [Bill 268, PDF] since 1973. Governor Pete Ricketts [official campaign website] vetoed the bill on Tuesday, but after a vote Wednesday afternoon, the state officially repealed capital punishment [press release]. A sentence of life without parole … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam [official website] on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Sarah Boehme

UN rights experts warned [press release] the EU on Monday that repression of irregular migration cannot be the only solution to the recurrent grave problem of masses of people drowning at sea. The experts said they were encouraged by the decision to hold an EU summit on the issue and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm [Toronto Star report] a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center [opinion, PDF] that the Supremacy Clause [Cornell LII backgrounder] does not grant a private right of action to file a lawsuit. The court held that Medicaid providers do not have the ability to sue for … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2015
by Tseliso Thipanyane of Columbia University Law School
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of the Columbia University Law School and the Safer South Africa Foundation, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... More than two hundred years since the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on March 25, 1807, a trade that saw … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged [press release] the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship's … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for [text] a worldwide end to all forms of human exploitation. The message, released as part of the UN's World Day of Social Justice [UN report] set for February 20, 2015, calls for a worldwide effort to "not leave behind … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [press release] the EU's failure to prevent migrant casualties at sea. The statement comes amid reports that as many as 300 migrants may have died off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa Monday while attempting to flee adverse conditions … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Hungary's ruling party declared [press release, in Hungarian] Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party [party website, in Hungarian] parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 … [read more]

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