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Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional
November 22, 2014
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December, state lawmakers passed the bill, which amende....... [more]

UN rights office: serious human rights violations continue in eastern Ukraine
November 20, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report on Thursday highlighting the continued commission of human rights violations in eastern Ukraine despite the announcement of a ceasefire on September 5. The report, produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in....... [more]

A Woman's Right To Secure Employment Despite Her Beauty
November 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Pardis Camarda, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the sixth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Camarda discusses attractiveness discrimination within the Title VII protect....... [more]

Qatar announces plans to address controversial migrant worker laws
November 16, 2014
The Qatar government on Sunday pledged to announce new labor legislation by 2015 in an effort to improve conditions for migrant workers. The Qatar labor ministry announced the initiative by stating, "e intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all those who live and work in....... [more]

EU court affirms ruling by German court on immigrant benefit refusal
November 11, 2014
The EU Court of Justice on Tuesday affirmed a German court decision to ban unemployment benefits of a Romanian immigrant who did not seek employment in Germany. Pursuant to the 2004 EU directive on freedom of movement, EU citizens must have sufficient resources to support themselves after three mon....... [more]

US bankruptcy judge approves Detroit debt plan
November 8, 2014
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" whic....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on evidence destruction, shotgun possession
November 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Yates v. United States the court considered the definition of "tangible objects" in 18 USC 1519, a statute that criminalizes anyone who "knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a f....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on disclosure of security information
November 4, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean the court heard arguments on whether the code of Prohibited Personnel Practices can bar an agency from taking action against an employee who intentionally divulges sensitive security informa....... [more]

Namibia high court rules hospitals illegally sterilized HIV-positive women
November 3, 2014
The Namibia Supreme Court ruled Monday that three HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized in public hospitals. This decision affirms the July 2012 intermediate court ruling, which stated that the sterilizations were illegal because circumstances rendered the consent coerced and uninformed. All....... [more]

UN urges end of impunity for crimes against journalists
November 2, 2014
The UN on Sunday observed the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists after the resolution to do so was adopted in December of last year. The date commemorates the assassination of two French journalists, Gislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali in 2013. The resoluti....... [more]

Respond to Calls for Commentary
October 28, 2014
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