May 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Spokeo v. Robins, the court is asked to determine whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm and who therefore could not otherwise invoke the jurisdiction of a federal court, by ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN officials congregating at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar ,on Saturday called on member states to implement new standards for eliminating violence against children. The standards were approved by the UN General Assembly in December and are ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador on Thursday approved a measure to amend the constitution to limit marriage and adoption to couples with only one man and one woman. The bill would make same-sex marriages made outside of El Salvador have no legal validity in El Salvador. A similar ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice system, and ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Mexican Congress approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Pea Nieto posted on ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the fairness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for allowing members of Congress and their staffs to receive subsidies for their health insurance. US Senator Ron Johnson and one of ...[read more]

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