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Legal News
11 Mar 2012
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An Egyptian army doctor was acquitted of obscenity by a military tribunal Sunday in relation to alleged forced virginity tests performed on detained protestors during the revolution last spring. The court refused to find that the forced virginity tests occurred [AP report] despite a prior court ruling and allegations … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Arthur Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act significantly clarifies the law of federal court jurisdiction and venue but was passed after removing some beneficial but controversial provisions...Around this time of year, many newspapers publish articles … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Arthur Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the impact of the recently passed Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 on federal and state court litigation in the US...There was no public ceremony, and if you blinked you missed the announcement, but on … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] United Nations Special Rapporteur on on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns [official profile], on Thursday urged respect for international standards [press release] concerning the use of lethal force during arrests and warned that the growing use of targeted killings with unmanned drones is legally problematic. Heyns made … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The new ruling regime in Libya vowed to investigate allegations of human rights abuses Wednesday after the World Bank [official website] recognized the newly formed National Transitional Council (NTC) [website] as the official government. The NTC was responding [AFP report] to an Amnesty International [advocacy website] report published Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] in Seattle to preserve two lawsuits over the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. EFF argued that the government should not be able block the suits under … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Colombian Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday reinstated the murder conviction against ex-politician Alberto Santofimio Botero for the 1989 killing of Luis Carlos Galan, a political opponent of the drug cartels. The court issued an arrest warrant [El Espectador report] for Santofimio, the former justice minister … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and her son, Tarique Rahman [BBC profile], were charged with corruption Monday over alleged inappropriate donations. The Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) [governing statute] brought the charges [AFP report] in connection with USD $1.05 million in donations to a … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] appealed [press release] a case over same-sex domestic partnerships Thursday to the the Montana Supreme Court [official website], arguing that denying partnership rights to same-sex couples violates the state constitution [text, PDF]. The ACLU filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] expressed concern [press release] Friday over Belarus' handling of human rights activists and its efforts to silence opposition. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, said that the situation in Belarus is amounting to persecution of dissenters, citing … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] fired his defense lawyers Wednesday with no explanation, according to a directive [text, PDF] obtained by Miami Herald Thursday. Khadr released his two Edmonton-based lawyers, Dennis Edney and Nathan Whitling, with Toronto-based attorneys … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Ten human rights groups said Thursday they would boycott a UK government inquiry into allegations that its secret services were complicit in torture of detainees in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites], sent a letter [text, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] South Korean regulators on Wednesday fined Apple [corporate website] USD $2,855 for collecting location information from its iPhone and iPad users. It is the first time Apple has been punished for collecting location information [Reuters report] from users of its widely popular mobile computing products. The Korea Communications Commission … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that San Diego State University (SDSU) [academic website] can deny funding and status as a student organization to two Christian groups that require members be of the same religion. A panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] invoked the state secrets privilege [text, PDF] Monday to block evidence in a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] over its investigation into Muslim mosques. The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] also filed a motion to dismiss … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A Vietnamese appeals court on Tuesday upheld the seven-year sentence of prominent rights lawyer and dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu, convicted in April [JURIST report] of carrying out anti-state propaganda. The court dismissed the appeal [AP report] despite Vu's arguments that his advocating for a multi-party system did not … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Nigeria Ebonyi State Commissioner of Justice and the Attorney General, Ben Igwenyi, called Monday for the establishment of a special court to hear corruption cases. He argues that corruption cases in the regular courts take too long to process [Vanguard report] causing people to forget about them, perpetuating … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday criticized [press release] a report released by the Sri Lankan government for not taking responsibility for alleged violations of the laws of war. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense [official website] released its report Monday entitled, "Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis" [text, PDF], … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Casa de Maryland [advocacy website] immigrant rights group filed a challenge [brief] Monday to a public referendum over a Maryland law providing in-state tuition to undocumented college students. The group filed the challenge in the Maryland Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County [official website] after opponents of the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller [official website] filed an appeal [brief, PDF] Monday to lift a judge's decision to block parts of a controversial state law [HEA 1210] denying that medicaid funds go to Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) [advocacy website]. Zoeller filed the appeal in the US Court … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], Admiral Mike Mullen [official profile], said Tuesday that US troops must be granted immunity in order to remain in Iraq beyond the end-of-the-year deadline. It is up to the Iraqi Parliament to decide whether they still need a US … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Members of the Belarus Parliament have introduced a bill that would ban so-called "silent protests," including those involving large groups of people basically doing nothing. The law seems aimed at stopping numerous silent protests [AFP report] across Belarus with protestors meeting in large groups chanting, clapping hands or standing … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] Monday blocked a Kansas law [HB 2014, PDF; materials] that would prevent Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) [advocacy website] from receiving federal funding. Judge J Thomas Marten issued a temporary injunction [AP report] … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] has called for the immediate release of Chinese rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], according to UN documents [text, PDF] from May released Monday by Freedom Now [advocacy website]. Liu is currently serving an … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The New Mexico Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday that environmental groups may intervene in state administrative hearings over greenhouse gas emissions standards. New Energy Economy (NEE) [advocacy website], a non-profit organization working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sought to intervene in a hearing before the New Mexico … [read more]

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