September 16, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, discusses ways to reform the military judicial system...For the past several years, the Department of Defense and the armed services have been thrashed by the media, victim interest groups, the civilian and military bars and ...[read more]
June 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Spanish lawmakers on Thursday approved controversial new legal protections for former king Juan Carlos after he lost his total immunity when he abdicated the throne last week. After leaving the throne for his heir, King Felipe VI, Juan Carlos left himself open to possible legal actions, including ...[read more]
March 17, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The England and Wales High Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS) challenging planned government cuts to legal aid for prisoners. The charitable organizations challenged the legal aid cuts, which were enacted in December, ...[read more]
January 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established a ...[read more]
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]
June 23, 2013
by Addison Morris
Moroccan courts are relying too heavily on coerced confessions and delaying trial proceedings, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday, calling for reform of the country's judicial system. The 131-page report, entitled "Just Sign Here: Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco," ...[read more]
May 10, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Argentine Senate approved a bill Wednesday intended to democratize the judiciary, but critics believe that the reform may leave judges vulnerable to political influence. Under the new bill members of the Council of Magistrates, the board that appoints federal judges, will be elected. The ...[read more]
May 1, 2013
by Sydney Normil
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers urged Argentina Tuesday to ensure the Judicial Council's independence by reconsidering two draft bills that were approved last week. The two bills reform the Judicial Council and regulate precautionary measures. One bill alters ...[read more]
April 12, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
Turkey's Grand National Assembly approved amendments to the country's anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday to bring the legislation more in line with EU freedom of expression standards. Through the amendments Turkey will narrow its definition of terrorism propaganda. Amendments to Article 6 ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday praised a recent report as "a groundbreaking basis for action against violence against women in India." The report advocates for reform in various aspects of Indian life including political, judicial and cultural. The most extensive ...[read more]

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