December 20, 2014
by Megan Miller
Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The Civil Rights Act in its original form did not offer explicit protections to pregnant women, so the Pregnancy ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday ruled that a law prohibiting individuals who have been committed to a mental institution for any amount of time from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The challenge to the federal gun law arose out of a ...[read more]
December 18, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from the Retten i Kolding ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that parts of US President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration are unconstitutional. Judge Arthur Schwab found that the president's action exceeds the scope of executive authority: "The court holds ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Solicitor Eric Murphy on Friday issued a asked the US Supreme Court to uphold the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision declaring Ohio's same-sex marriage ban constitutional. The officials cited the judge's opinion that the matter should be ...[read more]
December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, examines police procedure in the wake of several high profile police-involved deaths and discusses new qualifications aimed at raising the standards for police recruits...What if your grandfather was ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Emelina Perez
Brazil's National Truth Commission released a report on Wednesday declaring that state agents engaged in human rights violations between 1964 and 1985 when the country was under military rule. The human rights violations include enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, executions and ...[read more]

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