January 26, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The charges against ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday opened a probe into potential war crimes in Palestinian territories. The probe is the first step toward opening an investigation of both Palestine and Israel relating to the Gaza war last summer, and will analyze ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh, alleging local gun laws violate a state law that restricts local regulation of firearms and ammunition. 18 Pa CS § 6120 states "No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful owne... ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld a New York state rule barring unimmunized children from public schools. On the district court level, Judge William Kuntz II of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of the ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted documents submitted by Palestine on Tuesday which will allow Palestine to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in April. As a member of the ICC, Palestine will be able to bring allegations of war crimes against Israel. The Rome Statute ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by William Helbling
Palestinian government officials on Friday presented documents for accession to 16 international conventions and treaties to the UN. The documents include an adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last week. ...[read more]
January 1, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday signed the Rome Statute to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a meeting in Ramallah. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC. It lists the "crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, the court's rules of procedure and ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey D. Jackson, of the Washburn University School of Law, discusses the complexities of applying state and federal court orders to state marriage laws ...On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari on all seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex ...[read more]

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