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]
March 7, 2012
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Guest Columnist Rafael Cox-Alomar, the Popular Democratic Party candidate for Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, argues that Congressman Pedro Pierluisi's recent JURIST article on the upcoming Puerto Rico status referendum fails to take into account another viable alternative to ...[read more]
December 29, 2011
by Jerry Votava
Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno (R), a supporter of statehood, signed legislation establishing a two-part referendum on Wednesday that would allow Puerto Ricans to voice their opinions regarding Puerto Rico's political status and connection to the US. The referendum would be held on November 6... ...[read more]
December 22, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Puerto Rican lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation to hold a referendum on the island's status with the US. The House of Representatives passed the measure by a vote of 31-13, and a plebiscite will be held on November 6, 2012, coinciding with next year's general elections and the island's ...[read more]
September 24, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 24, 2007, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to end its policy of selling land only to Jewish people, ruling that the JNF's mandate to provide land for Jewish resettlement could not deny equal rights to non-Jewish Israelis. The high court also accepted ...[read more]
September 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Guest Columnist Guy Goodwin-Gill of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law says that the Palestinian UN statehood bid presents a unique and critical question of legitimate representation on the international stage for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and in the diaspora which must be ...[read more]

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