January 8, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a petition asking the US Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's voter identification law. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Two men have been charged in the US with conspiring to help overthrow the government of The Gambia. According to the complaint, Cherno Njie and Papa Faal traveled last month from the US to The Gambia to participate in a coup attempt while Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was away. The men later ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Elinor Fry, of VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, discusses the ICC's problematic jurisdiction over foreign Islamic state fighters...In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung published on November 20, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said her ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday announced the transferof six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Uruguay. This move is the result of a 2009 Executive Order issued by President Obama instructing the Guantanamo Bay Review Force to review these cases. The decision to ...[read more]
December 5, 2014
by Peter Snyder
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the Cleveland Division of Police discovered "a pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force." The investigation, which began in March 2013, was sparked ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced Monday that the trial of two Cambodian leaders accused of committing genocide will be postponed to January 2015. Lawyers for Khieu Samphan have refused to participate in trial proceedings before the appeal from the decision at ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The US House of Representatives filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury on Friday for the departments' alleged abuse of their executive powers through conduct promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The House ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report which accuses police officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of executing 51 youths and causing the disappearance of 33 others. The police action was carried-out in furtherance of an anti-crime campaign between November 2013 and ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday that Russian occupation in Crimea has led to serious human rights violations. In the 37-page report, titled "Rights in Retreat: Abuses in Crimea," HRW documented several cases of persecution of groups opposed to Russian occupation, the imposition of Russian ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became ...[read more]

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