November 28, 2014
by Peter Snyder
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a speech before parliament Friday stated that France would recognize a Palestinian state if international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fails. The French Parliament will hold a symbolic vote on December 2nd on whether the government ...[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 21, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
JURIST is seeking the opinion of experts and practitioners on the effects that "break-away" and/or autonomous regions have on international law, and the effects that international law has on the search for statehood in these regions. Potential topics could include: Accession to international ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy, it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by ...[read more]
July 3, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 3, 1890, US President Benjamin Harrison signed the Idaho Admission Bill into law, making Idaho the forty-third state admitted to the Union. Idaho became a territory in 1863 following the signing of an act of Congress by President Abraham Lincoln. At that time, the Idaho Territory consisted ...[read more]
December 2, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The Israeli government on Sunday unanimously rejected the recent UN General Assembly resolution upgrading Palestine's UN status to non-member observer state. In response to the UN action Israel passed its own domestic resolution that rejects the General Assembly's decision entirely and claims it ...[read more]
November 30, 2012
by Samuel Franklin
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday said that they will consider the legal implications of Palestinian statehood following a UN resolution recognizing Palestine as a non-member state. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed the resolution on Thursday, elevating Palestine ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
Puerto Rican voters elected to become the fifty-first US state in a non-binding referendum on Tuesday. The referendum was presented in a two-question format. Nearly 54 percent of Puerto Rican voters wanted to change the island territory's relationship with the US, and a resounding 61 percent of ...[read more]
May 13, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Solon Solomon, former member of the Knesset Legal Department, says that the procedures governing UN state admission must be duly adhered to when determining the issue of Palestinian statehood...The recent decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis ...[read more]

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