March 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday held in a 7-2 decision that a ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may be sufficient to establish issue preclusion in a patent dispute. The case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. centers around the similarity of a trademark ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Saroj Nair, LLM Student at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses Iran's international obligation with regards to its nuclear efforts and argues that Iran complies with its obligation under binding treaties and the Joint Plan of Action...Another condemnation ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Maryland against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the American Civil ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Bosnian State Court Judge Azra Miletic was detained by police on Wednesday on suspicion of taking a bribe from former police commissioner Ramo Brkic. The former commissioner was originally sentenced to 11 years in prison for drug dealing and corruption. The appeals court quashed verdicts on five ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday condemned Iran for violating its duties under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a negotiation between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, whereby Iran has agreed to expand its nuclear program peacefully. ...[read more]

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