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Academic Commentary
1 Dec 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie R. Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic says that defining where the so-called "war on terror" is being fought is an important task, and that while traditional frameworks fail to give adequate guidance, there are certain criteria that can provide for more than an … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that while pundits on either side of the political spectrum may criticize the trial of or verdict against Ahmed Ghailani, the case shows that US civilian courts can provide justice even in cases of terrorism... An … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Nov 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Andrea Prasow, senior counter-terrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, says that despite purported safeguards, evidence from Omar Khadr's guilty plea and sentencing hearing shows that detainees can still be harmed by statements they have made involuntarily... The Military Commissions Act of 2009, though an improvement over … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Oct 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says despite United Nations Human Rights Council findings that Israel clearly broke international law in its raid of the Gaza Strip Flotilla, the US has yet to condemn the action... On May 31, the Israeli military attacked a flotilla … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Sep 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Cdr. Tom Emerick (USCG), former counsel to National Incident Commander (NIC) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, retired Admiral Thad Allen, explains how existing regulatory rules and agency practices affected the response to the spill and says they need to be changed to better address large … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law responds to Peter Erlinder's article Rwanda: Flawed Elections and the Politics of 'Genocide Denial', saying that certain of Erlinder's criticisms of the ICTR are political or unfounded... I have just read the interesting op-ed by Professor Peter … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Aug 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark Brown, holder of the Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler Chair at Capital University School of Law, says that more states should follow Utah's lead in allowing electronic signatures to be used when petitioning to include candidates on election ballots... The Utah Supreme Court ruled earlier this … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Jul 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist William A. Birdthistle of the Chicago-Kent School of Law says that the Supreme Court's modest decision in Jones v. Harris Associates continues the Court's trend of neglecting to take strong positions on important issues in corporate law... With the announcement of several important business decisions at the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Jul 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce J. Einhorn of Pepperdine University School of Law says that provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 that would allow for special investigations of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees should be removed from the bill... For 11 years, I had the great … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Jun 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Keith Bybee of Syracuse University says that regardless of other issues that may arise, the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan, like those of other recent Supreme Court nominees, will be dominated by the tension between images of judicial impartiality and political ideology... As soon as President Obama … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] South Korean officials announced Monday that President Lee Myung-bak [official website] plans to pardon former Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [JURIST news archive] on tax fraud charges he was convicted of in 2008. Lee had faced a suspended three-year prison term after an additional breach of … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [official website] confirmed Tuesday that police have detained a US citizen for illegally entering North Korea. The KCNA did not disclose the identity of the individual, but it is suspected to be [US DOS release] US-Korean rights activist Robert Park. A spokesperson … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced pro-democracy dissident Tran Anh Kim to five and a half years in prison for subversion under Article 79 [text] of the Vietnamese penal code. During a four-hour trial Kim admitted being to member of the banned groups Democracy Party of Vietnam and Bloc … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] has begun investigating political donations and other connections between billionaire financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of defrauding investors [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] out of $7 billion, and US lawmakers, according to a Sunday report [text] by the Miami … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) [official website] on Monday began the trial of over 600 people charged with rebellion for allegedly interfering with government operations following the November killings [PDOJ release] of 57 in the country's semi-autonomous province of Maguindanao. All but five of the accused missed a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) [advocacy website] and other groups on Monday petitioned the Philippines Supreme Court [official website] to reject a proclamation [text, PDF] by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] imposing martial law [JURIST report] and suspending habeas corpus in the province of Maguindanao. … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A special 17-member panel [press release, PDF] of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday began hearing [press release, PDF] a legal challenge to an order [text] that grants President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] and 8,000 other government officials immunity from corruption charges. There has been … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] French National Assembly representative Andre Gerin [official websites, in French] said Friday that the country will formally oppose the wearing of burqas [JURIST news archive], but is unlikely to pursue legislation [press release, in French] to ban the garment. Gerin is the head of a special commission [materials, in … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction [official website] director Terry Collins announced [press release] Friday that the state would adopt a single-drug lethal injection protocol, replacing its current three-drug method. The state undertook a review of its lethal injection practices in September after the planed execution of inmate Romell … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Eight years after 9/11 [JURIST news archive], counterterrorism efforts continue to dominate the operations and budget of the FBI [official website], according to a Tuesday report [text] by the New York Times. Since the attacks, the bureau has doubled the number of agents it assigns to counterterrorism efforts and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Oklahoma state court judge Vicki Robertson ruled [transcript, PDF] Tuesday that a state law [SB 1878, DOC] requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure violates the Oklahoma Constitution [text]. Without reaching the validity the of the ultrasound requirement itself, the judge … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] on Wednesday held [order, PDF] that Microsoft has infringed on a patent of Canadian company i4i [corporate websites] with portions of its Word 2007 and 2003 word-processing software. Judge Leonard Davis enjoined the company … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Right-wing nativist and so-called "patriot" anti-government militias are again on the rise in the US, according to a Wednesday report [text, PDF; press release] by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [advocacy website]. The SPLC said that such groups, which had declined severely since the 1990s, are generally anti-tax, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services [official websites] on Wednesday announced the indictment [case summaries, PDF; press release] of 32 for allegedly filing $16 million dollars in fraudulent Medicare [official website] claims. According to the indictment, those involved in the scheme submitted … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service [official website] on Wednesday said that Rosneft [corporate website], the country's largest oil producer, broke unfair competition laws [press release, in Russian] by over-inflating wholesale prices of petroleum products. According to the FAS, Rosneft violated Article 10 of the country's Law on the Protection of … [read more]

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