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Michael Brown family files suit against city of Ferguson
April 23, 2015
The parents of Michael Brown filed a civil lawsuit Thursday under Missouri's wrongful death statute against the city of Ferguson, Missouri. In addition to the city of Ferguson, the complaint also names former police chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson as defendants in the....... [more]

A Tale of Two Liberties: Indiana's Religious Freedom Laws and Implications beyond Marriage Equality
April 22, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in....... [more]

Kenji Yoshino - JURIST Interview
April 21, 2015
JURIST Editorial Coordinator Arjun Mishra interviews famous Constitutional law scholar and author, Kenji Yoshino. Kenji Yoshino is one of the most prominent scholars of the Constitution and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. His main a....... [more]

HRW: Somalia government evicted thousands of displaced people
April 21, 2015
Somali government officials evicted thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat resident....... [more]

El Salvador lawmakers advance constitutional measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman
April 18, 2015
The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador on Thursday approved a measure to amend the constitution to limit marriage and adoption to couples with only one man and one woman. The bill would make same-sex marriages made outside of El Salvador have no legal validity in El Salvador. A similar legislative....... [more]

ACLU reaches settlement with Ohio over early voting
April 17, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The b....... [more]

HRW welcomes Malawi marriage act
April 17, 2015
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this week....... [more]

France court allows women to adopt same-sex spouses' children
April 16, 2015
A French court on Thursday permitted four lesbian women to adopt their wives' children born in foreign countries through artificial insemination. France has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, but only heterosexual couples are authorized to have medically assisted fertilization. In April 2014....... [more]

Guam AG directs issuance of same-sex marriage licenses
April 15, 2015
The Attorney General of Guam on Wednesday directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. The action by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson comes two weeks after a same-sex couple brought a suit in the US territory challenging its marriage law upon being denied a licen....... [more]

Oklahoma University and the Free Speech Battle of the Decade
April 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang th....... [more]

Amnesty: Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women since 2014
April 15, 2015
Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls in Nigeria since the start of 2014, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday in a new report detailing the extreme violence and crimes against humanity committed by the group. The 90-page report is entitled: "'Our job is to Shoot, Slaughter and Ki....... [more]




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