March 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday urged all sides of conflict in Yemen to obey the rules of war, expressing concern over reports of civilian casualties following air strikes in the capital Sana'a and other parts of the country. The ICRC reminded all parties involved ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Two senior UN relief officials expressed concern Thursday about the brutal violence that continues to plague Syria as a result of the country's internal conflict. In a presentation to the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief ...[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 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN officials on Friday called for an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), including the medicalization of the practice. Officials were reminded of the reality of the "deeply harmful" nature of the practice on February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by Emelina Perez
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced in the 2014 Year-End Report Wednesday that the Supreme Court is developing an electronic filing system, expected to be operational in 2016. This will make documents available online to the public with no charge, including petitions, responses ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The Obama Administration announced on Wednesday that it plans to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay. Over the next six months the administration plans to transfer 64 detainees. President Obama has been in contact with the heads of several nations to facilitate the transfer. Currently the ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Saturday announced the repatriation of four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Afghanistan. The prisoners, Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were released after a review of their cases. Although originally detained on suspicion of being ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Approximately 36 million people in the world live in a form of modern slavery, the Global Slavery Index (GSI) reported Monday. For the purposes of the study, GSI defines modern slavery as involving "one person possessing or controlling another person in such as a way as to significantly deprive ...[read more]

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