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India court strikes down law criminalizing offensive Facebook speech
March 24, 2015
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The l....... [more]

FCC facing first lawsuits over 'net neutrality'
March 24, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced its first challenges to its new Open Internet (net neutrality) Monday. USTelecom, an industry trade group, and Alamo Broadband, a Texas-based internet provider filed suit in Washington and New Orleans, respectively. According to the FCC, the basis o....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas license plate case
March 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. the court heard arguments on whether the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when a state motor vehic....... [more]

France presents data monitoring legalization bill
March 19, 2015
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has been....... [more]

UN rights office urges impartial investigation of Macedonia political figures
March 19, 2015
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes r....... [more]

Transgender inmate petitions Supreme Court for sex reassignment surgery
March 17, 2015
A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for non-medical r....... [more]

University of Oklahoma Expels the First Amendment
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer....... [more]

Dutch court strikes down data retention law
March 12, 2015
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of fighti....... [more]

Rights groups challenge NSA mass surveillance program
March 12, 2015
Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Maryland against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the American Civil L....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage: From Legal Uncertainty to Legal Chaos
March 9, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or quie....... [more]

UK Parliament to pass amendment to equal pay law
March 7, 2015
The UK House of Lords on Wednesday will debate a bill recently passed through Parliament that will require certain businesses to reveal whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees. The bill calls for the Secretary of State to make changes to the 2010 Equality Act, requirin....... [more]




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