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Student Commentary
1 Dec 2009

Ekaterina Sivolobova, student at the Law Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires and legal intern at the Center for Justice and International Law in Buenos Aires, recently interviewed Costa Rican journalist Mauricio Herrera-Ulloa about his experiences appearing before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights...Freedom of expression is a fundamental … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Oct 2009

Pakistani officials announced last week that murder charges had been filed earlier this month against the nation's former president, Pervez Musharraf, who is now on a speaking tour in the US and the UK. Andrew Gilmore, Pitt Law '10, attended one of his lectures in late September...Having extensively covered the … [read more]


Student Commentary
22 Oct 2009

Tom Carpenter, Pitt Law '11, spent his summer as a Legal Extern at the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Palau...The most recent general election in the Republic of Palau, held on November 4, 2008, was a historic event for the small island nation. In addition to … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The French government on Wednesday confirmed that it will accept Algerian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Lakhdar Boumediene [BBC profile] after his release from the detention center. Boumediene was the named plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case Boumediene v. Bush [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], in which the … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic [official website] voted Wednesday to approve the European Union (EU) reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty [EU materials; text], sending the document to Czech President Vaclav Klaus [official website] for ratification. If the treaty is ratified, Ireland will … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Alleged Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] suspect Mohammed Ajmal Kasab pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an Indian court to 86 charges stemming from his participation in the November 2008 attack. Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was formally charged [BBC report] at a special court in Mumbai in … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Iranian authorities issued stays of execution [AFP report] Wednesday for two teens sentenced to death for crimes committed as juveniles. The two individuals facing the death penalty, Amir Khaleqi and Safar Angooti, were scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning after being convicted of murder committed while the were under … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] announced Monday that it would review three new source review rules [EPA press release] that regulate emissions from coal power plants. The announcement comes as the EPA has stepped up its efforts to regulate greenhouse gases and other atmospheric pollutants. The … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] UK Justice Minister Jack Straw [official profile] said Monday that his country would still be willing to consider a US request to take in terrorism detainees held by at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, if doing so would aid in the closure of the facility. Speaking … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The US is planning on accepting into the country [Los Angeles Times report] up to seven Chinese Uighur [JURIST news archive] Muslims currently being held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] detention center, according to the Los Angeles Times Saturday. Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The African National Congress (ANC) [party website] was formally declared the winner of South African parliamentary elections Saturday, but its win fell short of the two-thirds majority [BBC report] of seats needed to change or amend the country's constitution and pass legislation on its own. The election clears the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] rejected [opinion, PDF] Friday a lawsuit by four UK citizens and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees against former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] and other military officials. The court's … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said Friday that the government would name new judges [RNZ audio] to replace those discharged following the suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] two weeks ago. Speaking to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Khaiyum said that … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Kenyan prosecutors brought piracy charges Thursday against 18 Somali nationals who were captured at sea by European naval forces over the past two months and handed over to the Kenyan authorities. The suspected pirates [DW report] were captured by French and German forces off the Somali coast, where they … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] prison head Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," testified in court Thursday that he trained staff to elicit confessions from prisoners through torture. Kaing also testified [AFP report] before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A Russian court Tuesday ordered the release on parole [RIA Novosti report] of Svetlana Bakhmina, the former lawyer for Russian oil firm OAS Yukos Oil Co. [TIME backgrounder]. Bakhmina was convicted [JURIST report] of embezzlement and tax evasion in 2006 for her part in a scheme to strip assets … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Alleged Somali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, captured by US forces following an attempted attack on the container ship Maersk Alabama [corporate backgrounder], was charged [compliant, PDF] Tuesday and will be tried as an adult following a ruling by federal magistrate judge Andrew Peck of the US District Court for … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A Rwandan court rejected a lawsuit brought by captured Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader Laurent Nkunda [BBC profile] seeking his release from Rwandan custody. Nkunda was apprehended by Rwandan authorities in January near the DRC border after a joint DRC-Rwandan military operation to capture him and root … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] issued a restraining order Monday that protects from bankruptcy more than $100 million in assets of financier Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive]. Chin signed the order to protect assets that will likely … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Somali parliament voted Saturday to adopt Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. A parliamentary spokesperson said that more than 300 Somali MPs voted [AFP report] for the implementation of Sharia law as part of an attempt by Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed [BBC profile] to bring … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Revolutionary Court of Iran convicted US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] of espionage earlier, sentencing her to eight years in prison, according to her lawyer Saturday. The trial, in which Saberi was accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, was conducted earlier this week [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] announced Friday a proposed finding [report, PDF] that atmospheric greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, setting the stage for government regulation of the harmful gases for the first time. Announcement of the proposed finding, which was submitted [JURIST report] to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court overturned Thursday a 2007 decision [JURIST report] against TIME magazine [media website] awarding the late former Indonesian president Haji Mohammad Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] $106 million in damages in Suharto's defamation suit against the publication. Suharto sued TIME over a 1999 article [text] … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] New York Governor David Paterson [official profile] announced Thursday the introduction of legislation that would legalize [press release] same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. If passed, the legislation would amend the state's Domestic Relations Law [text] to give same-sex couples the opportunity to enter into civil marriages, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] ended his five-day hunger strike after the Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved [press release, in Spanish] the final version of a new election law [proposed text, in Spanish]. Approval of the law paves the way for Morales to … [read more]

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