16 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Damian Ugwu, Executive Director of the Social Justice & Advocacy Initiative, says that the recent bill prohibiting same-sex marriage in Nigeria has ominous implications for a broad range of individual rights in the country...On November 29, 2011, the Nigerian Senate unanimously passed a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage [read more]

16 Dec 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Stephen Halbrook, Counsel for the National Rifle Association in the case of Messerschmidt v. Millender, argues that the police violated clearly established gun ownership rights in seizing the guns of all those present within the searched premises without verifying that the suspect was among those persons...In Messerschmidt [read more]

15 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, says that the Peaceful Assembly Bill is a betrayal of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's earlier promises to bolster civil society through broadening respect for individual rights and enhancing democratic practices...No one has ever accused [read more]

14 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Steve Simpson, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, says that recent decisions releasing the names of those who signed a petition to place domestic partnership laws on the ballot in Washington state lack a proper examination of the facts of the case and fail protect [read more]

6 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Raum, Senior Counsel and Head of Marriage Litigation at the Alliance Defense Fund, argues that the recent California Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 is just one of many losses for opponents of the amendment that will not bode well for their cause moving forward...Those seeking [read more]

6 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Nisha Valabhji, Officer-in-Charge of the Defence Support Section of the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, argues that political interference and judicial misconduct in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia are matters of grave concern that require immediate investigation...The issue of political interference in [read more]

3 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Niccolò Pons, Assistant Legal Officer of the Pre-Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court, says that there are many obstacles for the Lebanese court both in obtaining and carrying out a trial in absentia, but that it can still be an effective tool in furthering international justice [read more]

3 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Hart, Lecturer at the University of Bath, argues that violations of Palestinian children's rights by Israeli authorities pose risks to both the children and the organizations serving them...Within Western media and in the utterances of politicians, Israel/the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is conventionally portrayed as a [read more]

1 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Johnson, Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Surrey, says that the latest ban by Russian authorities on the promotion of homosexuality to minors is only the most recent violation of the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the subject...On November 16, 2011, the [read more]

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