On April 10, 1710, the Statute of Anne, the world's first known copyright law to protect authors, went into full effect in Great Britain. Prior to the statute, issues pertaining to copyright were handled by private parties, if at all. This was the first time a governmental body shifted the issue ...[read more]
On June 16, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in Bond v. United States that a private individual can challenge whether a federal criminal law passed to implement an international treaty is valid under the Tenth Amendment. Carol Anne Bond was indicted under federal law 18 USC § 229(a), which was ...[read more]
On June 14, 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip as a violation of international humanitarian law under Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions. The failure of efforts by private entities to end the blockade caused the ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnists Matt Eisenbrandt, Legal Director for the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and Katherine Gallagher, a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, say the Canadian government not only rejected the opportunity to prosecute George W. Bush, they ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Volker Behr of the University of Augsburg says the European Community has unified many areas of international civil procedure and private international law over a short period of time. Many stakeholders will benefit from the changes and lawmakers worldwide should take note... ...[read more]
Amnesty International (AI) called for Hungary to amend its new media law that has caused outbreaks of public protests in Budapest and Vienna. The new law took effect January 1 and creates the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH), which controls private television and radio ...[read more]
Bill Quigley: "The Department of Justice decision to refuse to prosecute anyone for the intentional destruction of evidence of over 90 tapes documenting crimes of torture is an outrageous betrayal of respect for human rights and the rule of law.
The DOJ continues to try to construct a cocoon of ...[read more]
Andrew Vogeler, Pitt Law '12 and Nordenberg Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, writes about attempts to harmonize contract law in the European Union...
Lately, there has been much debate over the proper direction of the ...[read more]
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism has laid out plans to establish a global tribunal to prosecute private companies accused of human rights abuses. In an interview last week with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr. Martin Scheinin said that his proposed World Court... ...[read more]
Jernej Letnar erni: The US government published in February 2009 its decision that it will not renew its contract with the private security corporation formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. Such a decision comes as no surprise given the allegations of killing 17 civi... ...[read more]