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Academic Commentary
30 Mar 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham (US Army, ret.), formerly assigned to the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, says that the Executive Order for the Periodic Review of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station is illusory in that it creates an unnecessary … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Mar 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler, professor of law at Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says the UN Security Council and the military coalition in Libya acted in contravention of international law in its use of force against Libya.... On 19 March … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Mar 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Sherrilyn Ifill of the University of Maryland School of Law says in light of recent events casting doubt on certain supreme court justices' political biases that a major overhaul of Supreme Court recusal practice is in order.... If there's a perception that partisan politics has infected our … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Mar 2011

Farzana Hassan [Author, Women's rights activist]: "Much of the Arab world is in turmoil. The Shia majority in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain has suffered years of oppression by the ruling Sunni minority and is now demanding freedom. The citizens of newly liberated Egypt and Tunisia suffered economic hardship … [read more]


Academic Commentary
26 Jan 2011

"JURIST Guest Columnist Alexei Trochev of the University of Wisconsin Law School says judicial dependence in Ukraine did not begin with Yanukovych and it will not end with his departure from politics because Yanukovych's successor will also adapt the judiciary for his or her own needs and constitutional rules are … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Jan 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law says that the recent actions against U.S. Navy Captain (Capt.) Owen Honors is a regrettable redux of the Las Vegas, NV Tailhook Association scandal of 1991. Still, this incident may reinvigorate the Department of Defense's efforts to promote dignity … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Nov 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Saroop Ijaz, an advocate before the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, says that if Pakistan is to function as a democracy and - equally significantly - to address the threat of extremism both at home and abroad, its blasphemy laws should be repealed... In June 2009 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Nov 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that US President Barack Obama made the right move in recommending India for a permanent position on the UN Security Council, but that the Council also needs to undergo more extensive changes in order to reflect current geo-political … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston says recent evidence shows that the US has enabled certain Nazi war criminals to avoid prosecution, but that it is incumbent upon the government to end such impunity by actively prosecuting and/or extraditing suspects to stand trial... In the past, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Keith J. Bybee of Syracuse University says in order for both state and federal judges to retain legitimacy, it is not enough for them to merely avoid actual improprieties; they must also visibly appear to play the role of impartial arbiter to sustain public support... Judges around … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Oct 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law says that despite the recent District Court decisions enjoining the Department of Defense from enforcing or applying "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," there remains a significant body of law allowing the military to demand what it considers "exemplary conduct" from … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Oct 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Saroop Ijaz, an advocate before the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, says that the country's courts should more often limit themselves to issues brought before them, so that the other branches of government and the people of the Pakistan may first have the opportunity to grapple … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Sep 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Lawrence Friedman and Victor Hansen of New England Law Boston say in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Bynyam v. Jeppesen Dataplan that the time is right for Congress to codify a state secrets privilege that insures both accountability and the protection of legitimate national … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Sep 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Laurie R. Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic and Amos N. Guiora of the University of Utah College of Law say that by continuing its deference to the executive in terrorism cases nine years after 9/11, the judiciary is abdicating its role in enforcing US … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Erlinder, defense counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law says that even though the White House is now more openly critical of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's regime, the US and international community at large must … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Aug 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Andrea Prasow, senior counter-terrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, says that the players constituting the military commission that tried Ibrahim al Qosi in Guantanamo last week created their own "mini-justice system" to replace the broken system they had originally been handed.... Last week at Guantanamo, while … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Kushtrim Istrefi, Legal Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, says that it would be misguided to construe the ICJ's recent advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence as the opening of the flood gates for all manner of secessionist movements... The absence … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that unless the AU and the ICC establish a proper dialogue, the logic of mutual gain for the ICC and Africa is at a risk of being undermined if not entirely lost.... On July 27, 2010, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Jul 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Erlinder, defense counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law, and his colleagues Beth Lyons and John Philpot of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Association des Avocats de la Defense (ADAD) say that in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Jun 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Chandra Lekha Sriram of the University of East London says that a stocktaking of the impact of the ICC thus far should have been given priority during the ICC review conference given that this is likely to shape perceptions of the court for years to come.... The … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jun 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Itzchak Kornfeld of the Faculty of Law at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem says that Israel is in a state of war with Hamas and, pursuant to the UN Charter, has the right to self-defense, including the right to inspect foreign vessels for weapons being brought to … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Oct 2009

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11, Lynsie Clott, and Aaron Freudenthal attended licensed and unlicensed protests primarily organized by self-proclaimed anarchist groups during the G-20 Summit...."I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"-Beatrice Hall, Friends of VoltaireThe City of Pittsburgh undertook … [read more]


Student Commentary
23 Sep 2009

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11, attended an "alternative" G-20 event on world hunger and economic decline which was hosted by the People's Summit on Pittsburgh's North Side...This week I was given the opportunity to attend several G-20 alternative/resistance events in Pittsburgh. On Monday night, I opted for a lecture and … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Aug 2009

Anna Mandel, Boston College Law '11, writes about her experience at the Latvian Constitutional Court.... In the United States, state and federal courts are not bound by the precedents or laws of other jurisdictions. For example, the Supreme Court of Texas is not bound by the decisions of the Supreme … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Aug 2009

Ekaterina Porras Sivolobova, legal intern at the Center for Justice and International Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes about the military justice system in Chile....Since Chile emerged as a democratic state in 1990, it has done very little to reform its military justice system to comply with international human rights … [read more]

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