March 30, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston on Tuesday warned that poverty in Chile "remains under the radar for many policy-makers ... despite the country's impressive array of anti-poverty programs." Alston noted that although Chile serves as a model for much of Latin ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The development of natural gas in Pennsylvania gave rise to several legal issues. The Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 13 with hopes that it would resolve disputes over local control of the industry, and how the Commonwealth would tax the industry. But in 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press conference Monday that the Chinese government is proceeding in its review of revisions to the controversial draft counter-terrorism law despite recent reports that China had suspended such talks. Hong stated that the law will be "made ...[read more]
March 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The victims' families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre filed complaints on Friday against the Estate of Nancy Lanza, the deceased mother of gunman Adam Lanza, alleging that she carelessly gave her son access to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle he used in the shooting. The lawsuits claim ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Bulgarian Ministry of Justice proposed a bill amending and supplementing Bulgaria's criminal code to address growing threats of terrorism on Tuesday. The purpose of the bill is to fill in gaps of the criminal code, as well as to fulfill Bulgaria's commitments under UN Security Council ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging Colorado's recreational marijuana law. The sheriffs are asking the court to strike down Amendment 64, the legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, and to close Colorado's licensed marijuana ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Arjun Mishra
JURIST’s Arjun Mishra interviews famous Supreme Court litigator and civil rights defender Burt Neuborne on his recent book, Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment. Neuborne helped found the Brennan Center of Justice at NYU, has served as Legal Director of the ACLU and special ...[read more]

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