October 30, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A British court ruled Thursday that a former Libyan military commander can sue the British government for its alleged role in his detention and rendition. In 2004, Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent years in ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Spanish state adviser on Thursday announced support for a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9, making it likely that the Spanish government will attempt to have the Catalan "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts. Spain's Council of State ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Rival militias in Libya are committing serious human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Thursday. According to AI since July 2013, "militias and armed groups have launched indiscriminate attacks in urban areas of the capital, Warshafana ( ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on Thursday urged Israel to investigate alleged violations committed by its forces during the recent wars in Gaza to ensure justice. Israel's latest attacks in the Gaza Strip, the third in only seven years, resulted in more than 2,100 deaths. Many of those ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the Oklahoma County Court on Wednesday permitted a state law that restricts drug-induced abortions. The law, passed in 2012, limits medication abortions to the first seven weeks of a woman's pregnancy. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Services in Tulsa ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to present one of seven specified forms of ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
JURIST is seeking commentary on the legal basis, potential complications and long-term implications of proposed quarantines for those traveling from Ebola infected regions. Potential topics could include: Constitutionality of mandatory quarantine programs set up in New Jersey and New York ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday ordered Maricopa Country sheriff Joe Arpaio to undergo the same training as his deputies to assist in the prevention of racial profiling and unlawful detention in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) as part of the ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by Addison Morris
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed an existing state law limiting the use of drugs in abortion procedures. This ruling reversed a previous decision by a district judge, who found that the law violates the state constitution. The state requires a minimum of four out of the five ...[read more]

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