31 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Wells of the University of Missouri School of Law says that while the House version of a bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act forces the Bush administration to actually prove that disclosing surveillance information would endanger national security, the Senate version of the legislation insulates [read more]

28 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Seema Saifee, a litigator at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York representing several Uighurs detained at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, says the US government continues to damage its own image by holding the men - all cleared for release - in [read more]

24 Mar 2008

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel at the Constitution Project, amicus in the US Supreme Court in support of habeas petitioners Mohammed Munaf and Shawqi Omar in Munaf v. Geren and Geren v. Omar, says that American citizens should be able to challenge their detentions in federal [read more]

20 Mar 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the mixed success to date of Iraqi legislative initiatives aimed at rebuilding the country's legal order suggests that true progress and stabilization beyond the mere enactment of laws may require an Iraqi commitment to [read more]

19 Mar 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Mary Ellen O'Connell of Notre Dame Law School says that five years after the invasion of Iraq, with talk of a new war with Iran circulating in Washington, the United States would do well to reflect on the grave and unfortunate consequences of flouting international law... On [read more]

16 Mar 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Ali Khan of Washburn University School of Law says that the new Pakistani parliament should prosecute Pervez Musharraf for crimes committed against the constitution and people of Pakistan, and resist any pressure to pardon him directly or indirectly by law or by promise of safe passage into [read more]

15 Mar 2008

JURIST Special Guest Columnist and British human and medical rights activist Dr. David Nicholl, a neurologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK, says that Amnesty International's new report into the rendition and torture of one-time "ghost detainee" Khaled al-Maqtari by the CIA highlights yet again the complicity of doctors in [read more]

11 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Erlinder of William Mitchell College of Law, attorney on appeal for Dr. Sami Al Arian, says that the treatment accorded the acquitted but still detained academic Palestinian activist from Tampa - now on hunger strike and in danger of irreversible renal failure at a federal prison [read more]

10 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas NeJaime of UCLA School of Law says that in the California marriage case the state's lawyers are attempting a difficult balancing act between an increasingly institutionalized pro-gay perspective held by those at the highest level of state government and the state's own marriage restriction, itself a [read more]

10 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Amoussouga, Spokesperson and Senior Legal Adviser at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), says that the recent United Nations agreement with Rwanda over the detention in Rwanda of convicted ICTR prisoners is simply an agreement with the country's lawful government on any sentences that may [read more]

6 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Erlinder of William Mitchell College of Law, lead defense counsel in the Military-1 Trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and president of the Association des Avocats de la Defence (ADAD), the ICTR defense lawyers association, says that a recent UN-sanctioned agreement to turn [read more]

3 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law says that although all the Republican presidential candidates have recited the GOP litany regarding appointments demanded of every serious contender, John McCain's judicial selection record warrants more evaluation... On Tuesday, Republicans in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and [read more]

1 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Don Rothwell of Australian National University College of Law, says that a looming May 2009 deadline for states to file data with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf established under the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) may force the US to accede to [read more]

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