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Academic Commentary
4 May 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the Obama Administration should resist pressure or temptation to release sensational photographs of Osama Bin Laden's corpse taken after the firefight at his compound in Pakistan where he was killed Sunday... On May 2, 2011, after becoming … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Jul 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler, professor of law at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine, says that while the recent opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence is likely to be an important point of reference for the representatives of other groups seeking self-determination, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Jul 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Miller of Western New England College School of Law says that the decision of a moderately liberal federal judge that the application of the Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts is unconstitutional on federalism grounds is unsurprising... On July 8, Judge Joseph Tauro of the U. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Bratman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that while Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul claims he opposes repealing the foundational Civil Rights Act of 1964, his controversial comments on race discrimination leave one wondering whether he might support curtailing for private business the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Amos Guiora of the University of Utah College of Law says that the DC Circuit's willingness to provide the US executive branch legal cover for its denial of detainee rights runs counter to proven counterterrorism principles... The DC Circuit Court's recent decision overturning a holding extending habeas … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Itzchak Kornfeld of the Faculty of Law at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem says the blowout at BP's Deepwater Horizon Well in the Gulf of Mexico will lead to a plethora of legal claims... The tragic blowout at BP's Deepwater Horizon well will likely cause damage in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Victor Hansen and Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston say that fear and politics notwithstanding, trial in US federal court will be the best option in most, if not all, terrorism cases.... Since President Bush first announced a plan to create military commissions, in November … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 May 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney of the Guantanamo project at the Center for Constitutional Rights, says the question of whether the government can criminally prosecute an attorney for representing a client said by the executive to be a member of al Qaeda is unfortunately unresolved under … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says Arizona's controversial new immigration law appears to be constitutional, at least on its face, but the state must be scrupulously careful to avoid even the appearance of any kind of discrimination against Hispanics.... Arizona's controversial new … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Apr 2010

Anna Mandel, Boston College '11 currently studying law in London, discusses the impact of recent clarifications to the United Kingdom's Suicide Act of 1961... Assisted suicide has become a controversial and provocative legal topic around the world, particularly in the European Union. JURIST has reported on assisted suicide law … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Apr 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that Arizona's new immigration legislation - requiring law enforcement officers to stop everyone whom they have "reasonable suspicion" to believe is an undocumented immigrant and arrest them if they fail to produce their papers - demeans us … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2010
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Three special masters sitting in the US Federal Court of Claims [official website] Friday rejected [opinions, PDF] three compensation actions brought in a coordinated omnibus proceeding [backgrounder, PDF; HRSA backgrounder] by families of autistic children who had argued that their children's autism was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden thimerosol. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] dropped the term "enemy combatant" from its legal lexicon Friday while limiting the range of persons eligible to be held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Summarizing a memo [PDF text] submitted to the US District Court for the District … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court in Belgrade convicted 13 Serbs Thursday in connection with the 1991 killings of over 200 Croatian POWs [BBC backgrounder] at a pig farm outside the Croatian town of Vukovar [JURIST archive]. Eighteen Serbs were originally charged over the incident. Charges against two were later … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Discharging key campaign pledges on his third day in office, US President Barack Obama expressly banned US use of torture [JURIST news archive] in interrogations and directed the immediate shutdown of CIA detention facilities in a third executive order [text] on US detention practices issued Thursday. Declaring its overall … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Delivering his inaugural address [text] Tuesday in Washington DC shortly after taking the oath of office [text] as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama [official website] insisted that his administration would pursue US national interests without sacrificing basic legal principles enshrined in the US Constitution and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] on rehearing Friday that it had no jurisdiction over Guantanamo detainees' petitions for subject-matter review of "enemy combatant" status decisions by Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) [DOD materials] in the wake of the US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The British government is willing to help the United States close the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison by accepting some released prisoners who have no previous connection to the UK, the Times reported Thursday. The paper quoted unnamed officials who indicated that the Foreign Office was the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Russian president Dmitry Medvedev Thursday signed anti-corruption legislation [press release] passed by the country's parliament earlier this month. Medvedev has pushed anti-corruption reforms since taking office [JURIST report] in May. The new law imposes income reporting requirements on persons holding public office [RIA Novosti report], restricts gifts and makes … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced a former top official in Rwanda's Ministry of Defence and two other former Rwanda army officers to life imprisonment Thursday after convicting them of genocide and crimes against humanity [press release] in connection with 1994 mass … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Illinois Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday rejected a bid by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official profile] to have Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website] temporarily removed from office [JURIST report] in the wake of corruption charges [complaint, PDF] laid against him last week in connection with his naming … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] French President Nicholas Sarkozy told reporters in Brussels Friday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of European Union leaders that the Lisbon Treaty on EU reform had been "revived" [PDF transcript, in French] after Ireland agreed to hold a revote on ratification [JURIST report]. An initial referendum on … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Ireland has agreed to hold a second referendum on the European Union reform pact known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official text; JURIST news archive], according to draft materials circulated by the French government ahead of a meeting of EU government leaders [press release] in Brussels Thursday. France holds … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] UN and Cambodian government officials said Wednesday in a statement [UN News Center report] issued after a series of high-level meetings that they needed to address ongoing problems facing the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [official website] in its efforts to try former Khmer Rouge officials suspected … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Guantanamo military commission trial of Afghan detainee Mohammed Jawad [JURIST news archive] that had been scheduled to start in early January was delayed indefinitely Wednesday by order of a military judge. US Army Col. Stephen Henley postponed the proceeding [Reuters report] to give prosecutors more time to appeal … [read more]

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