November 15, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Europe, the source of many immigrants to the American colonies, is defined by a history of interaction between the church and the state. In 1095, European noblemen responded to the pleas of the Catholic Pope Urban II and embarked on the First Crusade. The Catholic Church and European leaders ...[read more]
October 6, 2012
by Max Slater
A three-judge panel in Vatican City on Saturday sentenced the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI to eighteen months in prison for leaking confidential papal documents. Paolo Gabriele was convicted on charges of theft for stealing confidential papers from the Vatican, photocopying them and passing ...[read more]
February 20, 2012
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the ongoing posthumous prosecution of former lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is a violation of the rule of law and a mark of shame against the Russian judicial system...In 897 AD in what was called "the Cadaver Synod," ...[read more]
December 24, 2011
by Sarah Posner
The Cuban government announced Friday that the country will grant amnesty to and free 2,900 prisoners including those convicted of political crimes. The announcement was motivated by humanitarian concerns, in an effort by President Raul Castro to establish good will in anticipation of a visit by ...[read more]
September 13, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Tuesday filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) complaint against Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, for systematic sexual abuse and subsequent concealment of over 10,000 incidents. The group filed the complaint on behalf of clergy sex ...[read more]
May 4, 2010
by Andrew Morgan
On May 4, 1493, Pope Alexander VI promulgated the Line of Demarcation, dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal in response the return of Christopher Columbus from his discovery of the American continents. However, neither country was entirely satisfied with the placement of the Line. A ...[read more]
January 17, 2010
by Amelia Mathias
Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz has suffered a severe stroke while in detention, his son Ziad Aziz said Sunday. Aziz, who also suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, was taken to an American hospital for treatment and is now said to be in stable condition, though he is paralyzed ...[read more]
December 25, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On December 25, 800 A.D., Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in Rome, Italy. During his lifetime, Charlemagne united most of western Europe for the first time since the fall of the Western Roman Empire. He is credited with spreading the rule of law throughout his dominions ...[read more]
October 15, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On October 15, 1582, the Gregorian Calendar was implemented, following a papal bull issued by Pope Gregory XIII. Spain, Portugal, Poland, and Italy were the only nations to adopt the calendar on this day, but it spread over the succeeding centuries to become the international standard today.Learn ...[read more]
May 4, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On May 4, 1493, Pope Alexander VI promulgated the Line of Demarcation, dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal in response the return of Christopher Columbus from his discovery of the American continents. However, neither country was entirely satisfied with the placement of the Line. A ...[read more]

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