November 12, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
The Council of Europe on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend preliminary reforms of the judicial system of the Russian Federation in order to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The announcement includes the findings of an investigation into the ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by John Paul Regan
JURIST Guest Columnist Rana Rizwan Hussain of Hussain & Associates argues that a recent decision by the Lahore High Court is significant for various reasons, most notably for motivating judicial impartiality and strengthening the rule of law..."In a country governed by laws where the rule of ...[read more]
June 28, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
Despite significant human rights achievements, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged countries to "refocus their efforts to achieve universality, and impartiality with regard to justice." Speaking at the Vienna +20 Conference, Pillay reminded countries to "revive the ...[read more]
May 12, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Kenya's ambassador to the UN, Macharia Kamau, has sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking that the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto be dismissed, accusing the ICC of lack of impartiality, threatening regional ...[read more]
April 28, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, urged Russia on Thursday to address concerns surrounding impartiality in the judicial system, while noting the positive strides taken recently. Knaul visited Russia as part of an investigation surrounding a report ...[read more]
February 25, 2013
by Sarah Posner
UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul said Sunday that lawyers and judges in the Maldives are not adequately independent from outside influence. The special rapporteur pointed to the power struggle between parliament, the government and the judiciary, as ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear the case amid allegations by the defense counsel ...[read more]
November 3, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 3, 2009, The European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) ruled that displaying a crucifix in a public school classroom violated the European Convention on Human RightsPDF. The lawsuit was brought against Italy by Soile Lautsi, who claimed that displaying a crucifix "infringed the ...[read more]
June 28, 2010
by Devin Montgomery
JURIST Guest Columnist Keith Bybee of Syracuse University says that regardless of other issues that may arise, the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan, like those of other recent Supreme Court nominees, will be dominated by the tension between images of judicial impartiality and political ...[read more]
February 6, 2010
by Jonathan Cohen
The head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Friday reassured the Lebanese public that the investigation is on track. When asked about the progress of the investigation into the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the head of the STL underlined the fact that the Tribunal ...[read more]

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