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Legal News
5 days ago
by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians [press release]. The incident in Cizre [Reuters report], a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Tuesday released and deported Swedish citizen charged with training and funding unlicensed lawyers, after the Swedish embassy expressed concerns [press release] over the charges last week. Peter Dahlin had appeared [JURIST report] on Chinese national television [YouTube] last week to confess to his wrongdoing. Dahlin said … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Peter Dahlin, a Swedish rights advocate who had been detained in China [JURIST report] on charges of endangering state security, confessed his crimes [YouTube video] on Chinese state television on Tuesday. In the interview, which aired on State Broadcaster CCTV, Dahlin said "I have caused harm to the Chinese government. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday enacted [El Colombiano report, in Spanish] the Natalia Ponce Law, establishing acid attacks as a specific crime with harsh punishments. The punishments under the new law between 12 to 20 years in prison for a "simple" attack and between 20 to 30 years … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Tamara Fields, the widow of a defense contractor killed in an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in November, filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against social media website Twitter alleging the company knowingly permitted IS to use their network to spread extremist propaganda. The complaint was filed in the US District … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Tuesday announced [remarks] executive actions on gun control [WH fact sheet]. The plan would require those in the business of selling firearms, including those selling firearms at gun shows, to be licensed and conduct background checks, thus closing the infamous "gun show … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Three book authors and their advocacy organization, the Authors Guild [advocacy website], challenged Google's massive book-copying and search project before the US Supreme Court [official website]. The petition [PDF] alleges that Google, in cooperation with various university libraries, took essentially all the books off shelves and scanned them rather than … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

[JURIST] Months after a deadly July arson attack that left an 18-month old Palestinian and his parents dead, the Israeli government [Ministry of Justice official site, Hebrew] is making moves to prosecute the Jewish extremists [ABCnews report] suspected to have committed the attacks. The length of time it has taken … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] unanimously on Tuesday that a Turkish court order blocking access to YouTube [media website] violated [press release, PDF] Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The Ankara Criminal Court of First Instance imposed … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge has dismissed [order, PDF] a discrimination lawsuit filed against a gun store owner that deemed his store a "Muslim Free Zone." Judge Beth Bloom of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] said in her order that the Council on American-Islamic … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US regulators on Tuesday imposed a fine of up to $200 million on auto part manufacturer Takata [corporate website] for failing to disclose the defect of millions of their airbags to regulators in a timely manner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] levied a base fine … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama made the case [remarks] for overhauling the nation's sentencing laws on Tuesday in front of top law enforcement officials at the 122nd Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police [official website] Conference and Exposition. The president argued that placing large numbers of nonviolent drug offenders in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Former Caracas prosecutor Franklin Nieves released a video [La Patilla report, in Spanish] Friday confessing to being pressured into presenting false evidence to condemn opposition leader Leopoldo López. The prosecutor claims [CNBC report] that he fled Venezuela with his family due to the pressure to continue to defend false evidence … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Google's efforts to digitize millions of books for an online library is permissible fair use. Google [corporate website] has scanned more than 20 million books since 2004 in an effort to provide people … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the Mexican government to cease using their military as law enforcement and replace the current force with well trained police officers. The High Commissioner addressed the law enforcement issues on his visit … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Oct 2015
by Karla McKanders of University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Karla McKanders of the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law discusses the European refugee crisis... This commentary explores actions lawyers can take to hold signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention accountable for protecting refugee and asylum seekers within or at their borders. The 1951 Refugee Convention … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by William Hibbitts

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday invalidated [opinion] the copyright claim to the lyrics of the song "Happy Birthday." The court considered the question of whether Warner/Chapelle Music, inc. [corporate website], as the successors of Summy Co., had a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [text, PDF] that copyright owners must consider "fair use" before demanding the removal of online materials. The fair use doctrine, composed of a four-part test [text], essentially permits use of copyrighted materials where the use … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Kenya and other African countries to provide for the equal treatment of gay and lesbian people at a press conference [statement, video] with the president of Kenya, Uhuru [official website]. The Obama Administration [official website] has said it is committed to … [read more]

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