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]
July 11, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the chief judge at the Guantanamo military court, stepped down in ...[read more]
March 3, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Five veterans of the Vietnam War filed a class action lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut accusing the military of failing to upgrade the discharges of veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The complaint, which names the US Army, Navy ...[read more]
December 7, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Due to the controversial nature of DADT, it was the subject of numerous legal challenges during its lifespan. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has dismissed two lawsuits challenging DADT, one brought by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) in 2006 and the other filed by 12 ...[read more]
April 7, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Italian president Giorgio Napolitano on Friday pardoned US Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano of his conviction related to the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Joseph Romano was security ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Kels of the US Air Force Reserve and the Department of Homeland Security argues that legal experts should think twice before diluting the clarity of international armed conflicts...The law of armed conflict (LOAC) applies when the threshold of armed conflict is met. ...[read more]
February 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court on Monday upheld the sentences of 10 Somali pirates convicted of highjacking a UAE-owned bulk-carrier ship. In April 2011, the men reportedly commandeered the MV Arrilah-1 as it hauled aluminum in the Arabian Sea en route to Dubai from Australia. The pirates ...[read more]
December 14, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Friday that accused computer hacker Gary McKinnon will not face charges in England and Wales. McKinnon is accused of hacking into NASA, Department of Defense, Air Force, Army and Navy computers in violation of US computer laws but claims he was trying ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The US District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Monday on whether US courts could hear foreign nationals' challenges to their detention by the US military at Bagram Air Force Base (Bagram) in Afghanistan. District Judge John Bates asked petitioners what conditions had changed ...[read more]

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