February 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled Monday that eight sections of the nation's controversial anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2014, which came into effect on December 22, amended the provisions of 22 other acts of Parliament involving matters of ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Elizabeth Dennis
JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon discusses recent terrorism trials...On August 7, 1998, al Qaeda terrorists simultaneously attacked the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania with massive truck bombs, killing a combined 224 people and injuring ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law| Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that state laws governing the residency restrictions for sex offenders take precedence over local municipal ordinances. In People v. Diack, the court ruled unanimously that the state's regulations are sufficient in prohibiting high-level sex ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) President Ambassador Joachim Ruecker on Tuesday appointed a new chairperson to head the Inquiry into the Gaza conflict after the former chairperson resigned. The UNHRC appointed Mary McGowan Davis to replace William Schabas, who resigned after Israel accused him ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a decision granting summary judgment to Planned Parenthood in a case challenging two Montana abortion parental consent laws, ordering further proceedings. Planned Parenthood challenged these laws based on the concept of issue preclusion after the ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A group of patients and doctors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in a New York court requesting a declaration that physician-assisted suicide is not illegal under New York state law. Though the state does have a law prohibiting assisted suicide, plaintiffs argue that it was not intended to apply to ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons, members of Parliament voted 382 in favor of passing the law and 128 opposing it. The ...[read more]

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