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Legal News
24 Feb 2010
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-0 in Maryland v. Shatzer [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Edwards v. Arizona [opinion text] prohibition against interrogation of a suspect who has invoked the Fifth Amendment right to counsel does not require … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Sep 2009

Abigail Salisbury, JURIST's Executive Director, observed events in downtown Pittsburgh on the first day of the G-20 Summit... I was able to get a press pass to the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and after going through security at Mellon Arena on Thursday morning, I was taken by shuttle to … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Sep 2009

Amelia Mathias, Pitt Law '11, attended a speech given by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday...Accompanied by his wife, Margarita, and staff, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso came to the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday to accept an honorary doctorate … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled against [opinion, PDF] a Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) [advocacy website] challenge to former President George W. Bush's Executive Order 13224 [Treasury materials], which prohibits unlicensed US groups and individuals from providing services to certain terrorist organizations designated … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The specially-established Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission [official backgrounder] on Monday awarded damages [press release, PDF] "resulting from violations of international law" that occurred during the nations' 1998-2000 border war. The five-person panel established under the Permanent Court of Arbitration [official website] at The Hague awarded USD $174,036,520 to Ethiopia and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court and the constitution were the focus of discussion Friday afternoon at the Netroots Nation [advocacy group] progressives conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Blogger Christy Hardin Smith [FireDogLake archive] began the session by giving her opinion that the Supreme Court is something Americans should pay more attention … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Former US president William Jefferson Clinton [official profile] addressed a capacity crowd late Thursday night at a progressive convention held by Netroots Nation [advocacy group] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since leaving office, Clinton has become known for his charitable and humanitarian work [foundation website], and on Thursday he discussed the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] A specially-mandated Indian court on Thursday sentenced three convicted terrorists to death [VOI report] for their roles in the 2003 Mumbai bomb attack [BBC backgrounder] that killed 52 people. Late last month, Ashrat Ansari, Hanif Sayed, and Fehmida Sayed were found guilty [JURIST report] of conspiracy, murder, and attempted … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Microsoft announced [materials] on Friday that it will offer European consumers an option to select from a list of several Web browsers "in an effort to address competition law issues related to Internet Explorer and interoperability." The European Commission (EC) welcomed [press release] Microsoft's "ballot screen" [Reuters report] proposal, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Spanish police announced Friday that they have arrested Jorge Alberto Soza, wanted in his home country of Argentina on torture charges stemming from his service in the police force during the country's military dictatorship. From 1976 to 1983, a period known as the "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] US financial regulators and scholars advised [hearing materials; recorded video] the Senate Banking Committee [official website] on Thursday that "safety and soundness" can be restored to the financial system through increased regulatory oversight, but did not agree on the form that oversight should take. In his opening statement [text], … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called [press release] on the pre-trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] to determine the scope of its prosecutions "to thwart growing perceptions that court decisions are directed by the government." HRW's urging comes … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Russian officials announced on Wednesday that the body of Russian human rights activist Andrei Kulagin had been found in a quarry. Kulagin, the former head of rights group Spravedlivost, had been missing since May [AP report]. Although officials did not comment on the cause of death, Spravedlivost director Andrei … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Saudi Arabian officials are allegedly using anti-terrorism measures as an excuse to secretly detain, imprison, torture, and even kill thousands of people, according to a Wednesday report [text] by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. In its report, AI also called on the international community to apply pressure to Saudi … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Convicted murderer Marvallous Keene on Tuesday became the 1000th person to be executed by lethal injection in the US since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1976 case of Gregg v. Georgia [opinion text]. In 1993, Keene was found guilty of five counts of murder based on his … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent an open letter [text] Monday to US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] to "express [the organization's] strong support for opening a criminal investigation into abusive interrogation practices by the US government since the attacks of September 11, 2001." The letter appears … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] suspect Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab interrupted his trial in India Monday to confess and plead guilty to 86 charges stemming from his participation in last November's killings. Kasab, the only captured gunman from the attacks, told the court that he and … [read more]


Student Commentary
17 Jul 2009

Amelia Mathias, Pitt Law '11, writes from Brussels about the European Union elections...It would have been easy to forget entirely about June's elections for the European Parliament if one ignored the election posters plastering European cities, portraying diverse faces of every color, creed, and gender beaming out of every convenience … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 Jul 2009

Sara Burhan Abdullah, Pitt Law LL.M. '08 and JD '12, writes about an experience in her home country of Iraq...This summer, I returned to Iraq to intern with the Global Justice Project: Iraq, which is run by the University of Utah. The purpose of the project is to provide the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Ohio corrections officials executed convicted murderer Daniel Wilson on Wednesday morning, marking the state's first use of a new lethal injection method termed "set-to-die." The procedure was announced in May, and requires officials to shake and call out to the prisoner [Plain Dealer report] after a sedative has been … [read more]


Student Commentary
23 Feb 2009

Guest commentator Sara Burhan Abdullah, Pitt Law LL.M. '08 and JD '12, writes about an experience in her native Iraq...While living in Iraq, my husband Haider Hamoudi and I began working for the Iraqi Jessup moot court team. We instructed the team to apply for their passports, so that we … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Feb 2009

JURIST Staffer Eric Linge, Pitt Law '10, interned in Addis Ababa last summer...Will membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) help Ethiopia's agricultural sector? Indeed, would the agricultural sector of any least-developed country (LDC) be helped by membership?Not surprisingly, these were the first questions posed after distinguished world trade scholar … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Public Health Officer Heiko Hering said Wednesday that the large-scale anti-malaria effort recently launched by the United Nations Foundation [official websites] is part of fulfilling the service obligations of the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees [text, PDF]. Hering made … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] on a suit brought by several Kentucky environmental groups, including a chapter of the Sierra Club [advocacy website], against Stephen L. Johnson [EPA bio] in his official capacity as Administrator of the US … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court's grant of summary judgment to retailer Costco in a copyright infringement action brought by watch manufacturer Omega [corporate websites]. Omega claimed that Costco's unauthorized sale of its imported watches constituted … [read more]

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