March 2, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the elderly. Zeid stated in his ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by William Helbling
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday issued a joint press release detailing the adverse effects increasingly brutal and intense conflicts have had on children. The press ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Nepal created two commissions Tuesday to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances that occurred during the nation's 10-year civil war, said Nepali Law Minister Narahari Acharya. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will investigate abuses committed during the conflict, and the ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) President Ambassador Joachim Ruecker on Tuesday appointed a new chairperson to head the Inquiry into the Gaza conflict after the former chairperson resigned. The UNHRC appointed Mary McGowan Davis to replace William Schabas, who resigned after Israel accused him ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed "principled condemnation" of an attempted coup in Gambia earlier this week, urging respect for the rule of law. On Tuesday morning gunfire erupted near the presidential palace in Banjul. Gambia President Yahya Jammeh returned to the country ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit against neighboring Colorado on Thursday over the new marijuana market, claiming the state-regulated recreational marijuana shops are piping marijuana into neighboring states where marijuana is illegal. In the lawsuit, filed directly with the US Supreme Court ...[read more]
November 27, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report detailing its concern that people hoping to gain their land back under the Victims Land and Restitution Law in Colombia may face problems ranging from bureaucracy to intimidation, causing them to fail to receive their land. The report, ...[read more]

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