October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
October 17, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The European Commission filed a lawsuit against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its laws on online betting and poker games that breach EU law on the free movement of services. The EU referred Sweden to the Court of Justice (ECJ) in two separate cases related to its restriction of gambling ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
August 3, 2014
by William Helbling
Surrogacy campaigners on Saturday urged for the Thailand government to provide clearer regulations to address domestic and international surrogacy issues. Currently, Thailand does not have any established laws which speak to issues regarding surrogacy. The movement for surrogacy laws in Thailand ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Increasing militarization of police forces is putting citizens at risk rather than protecting them, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report titled, "War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing," analyzed data from 800 ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A White House official said Monday that US President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This action marks a departure from the White House's position last year that an executive ...[read more]
June 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice will revive a formerly defunct task force to combat domestic terrorism. The task force, called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, was originally formed following the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 but was shut ...[read more]
May 23, 2014
by G. Redd
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 state ...[read more]

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