February 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday announced a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic goals: to 1) streamline political ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by William Helbling
Authorities in Maldives on Monday brought former president Mohamed Nasheed into court where he was ordered to remain in detention over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. Nasheed was arrested Sunday and charged under the country's anti-terrorism law. At Nasheed's hearing, a three-judge ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The London High Court on Friday rejected a request for an injunction by Iran's main oil tanker firm, NITC, which the company had sought to block the re-imposition of sanctions by the EU. High Court Judge Nicholas Green gave his reasoning for rejecting NITC's request at a hearing on Monday. NITC ...[read more]
January 31, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed 'Arafa of Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, discusses the recent Egyptian criminal court's order of a retrial of Muslim Brotherhood followers and whether the Egyptian criminal justice system should reform to stop ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan and Jordan in recent days, stressing that no judiciary can be infallible. Pakistan and Jordan put in place the moratoria on the death ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]

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