March 18, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria expressed concern Tuesday about atrocities and abuses in Syria by both the Assad regime and anti-government armed groups, advocating for UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the establishment of a special tribunal to ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its annual report on the "Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict" on Wednesday, which indicated a 22 percent increase in civilian causalities in 2014. The marked increase represents the deadliest year in Afghanistan since record keeping ...[read more]
February 15, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Sunday put ex-president Mohammed Morsi on trial over accusations of spying and leaking information to Qatar. Prosecutors, as part of the country's continued crack down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, allege that Morsi endangered national security by leaking to Qatar state ...[read more]
February 8, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Saturday set February 24 as the date that it will consider a lawsuit that claims Turkey is a "state that supports terrorism" and must be designated as such. The lawsuit claims that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported the Muslim Brotherhood and criticized Egypt ...[read more]
January 31, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday banned and declared Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Qassam Brigades) to be a terrorist group. Qassam Brigades is the armed branch of Hamas, which is itself an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The ruling is based on allegations by ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank, of Emory University School of Law, discusses the protection of UN premises during armed conflict and argues that, while critically important, such inviolability cannot be absolute in light of the fundamental purposes of the law of armed conflict...The nature of ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The convening authority for the Office of Military Commissions retired Marine Major General Vaughn A. Ary on Friday overturned the terror conviction against Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed and dismissed the charges against him. Muhammed was accused of working as a weapons instructor and ...[read more]
December 30, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Tuesday that Iran and the six world powers of P5+1 are set to resume low-level talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Jan 15, though wide gaps remain in their positions. P5+1, consisting of the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Nigerian court martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, their lawyer, Nigerian human rights activist Femi Falana, stated on Thursday. The soldiers were found guilty of mutiny while fighting the insurgent Boko Haram Islamist group, in which the soldiers refused to assist in recapturing ...[read more]

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