November 19, 2014
by Addison Morris
A UK judge on Wednesday ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man held and detained for 10 years by UK and US forces in Afghanistan, could take legal action against the UK. The British Defense Ministry denied involvement with the case, arguing that the British courts did not have jurisdiction ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday referred five students from Al-Azhar University to a military trial over a violent protest in January when part of a campus building was torched. The referral took place under a controversial new law passed last month, which expands the army's powers to try civilians, ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian military court in the northeastern city of Suez on Monday sentenced 20 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi to jail terms ranging from one to 25 years. The court convicted the 20 individuals of destroying police and army vehicles, rioting, and committing acts of violence in ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday overturned the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin's decision that upheld a state statute prohibiting night hunting outside of Native American tribal reservations. Although state jurisdiction over Native Americans is ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law in Egypt, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Holt v. Hobbs the court is considering whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits Muslim prisoners from growing a half-inch beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Current prison ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The Criminal Chambers of the Spanish National Court decided unanimously Monday that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the November 16, 1989, massacre of the Jesuits at the Central American University and their two employees as a crime against humanity after a reversal of legislation that had ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado... ...[read more]

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