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Legal News
1 Nov 2011
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST press release] JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Shames as Executive Director. In this role, Mr. Shames will oversee JURIST's business and development efforts, including outreach and educational initiatives, fundraising, and corporate management. Mr. Shames will also serve as JURIST's … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2010
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French; press release] Tuesday that Turkey failed to protect the life of well-known Turkish-Armenian writer and journalist Hrant Dink [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], failed to adequately investigate his murder and infringed on his right of freedom … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Apr 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a look at recent decisions by Iraq's Federal Supreme Court illustrates the court's growing authority as an independent and legitimate voice in matters of constitutional interpretation.... There has been much attention recently devoted to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Apr 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Sanford of the University of Washington School of Law says that although challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are valuable for inspiring dialogue within and outside the legal community, they are unlikely to succeed in the face of decades of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Lt. Col. Chris Jenks (USA), Chief of the International Law Branch of the Office of the Judge Advocate General, says that the discussion on child soldiers in general and Omar Khadr in particular should be broadened to move past misperceptions of the applicable law and norms … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 Apr 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, says that morally, legally, and politically the Obama administration is on solid ground in its confrontation with the Israeli government over its refusal to stop constructing settlements in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Apr 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Virginia Sloan, president and founder of the bipartisan Washington DC-based Constitution Project, says that US Attorney General Eric Holder should stand by his decision to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in traditional federal court, rather than in military commissions.... Last month, the Constitution Project, working with Human Rights … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Victor Hansen and Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston say that Congress's effort to gain greater oversight of certain intelligence actions through the Intelligence Authorization Acts for Fiscal Year 2010 is a clear example of a bipartisan effort to exercise the constitutional responsibilities that it … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Blank of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic says while legal debates about sovereign immunity most often center on principles of comity versus principles of victim access to justice, courts ruling on this issue should not forget about broader policy considerations and national security.... Remarkably, the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says recent comments by Chief Justice Roberts responding to President Obama's criticism of the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling were not disrespectful toward the institutions of Congress or the presidency or toward any particular person.... Chief Justice … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Mar 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Geoffrey S. Corn, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.), a former Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters and currently a professor at South Texas College of Law, says that no matter how much the military commission system for trying detainees is modified, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says regularly constituted military courts-martial could be a plausible third option for federal prosecution of members of al Qaeda and the Taliban outside of federal district courts or US military commissions.....Where should we be trying members of al … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says a recent effort by a conservative advocacy website to besmirsch the reputations of current DOJ lawyers who previously represented detainees should not distract the US government from criminally prosecuting DOJ lawyers from the past administration who … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Amos Guiora of the University of Utah College of Law says that the McCain-Lieberman military detention bill recently introduced in the Senate is yet another unfortunate instance of US national security legislation being driven by panic instead of principle..... The "Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Daniel Joyner of the University of Alabama School of Law says that, reflective of the central tension between nonproliferation and peaceful use, Iran has not clearly violated any legal obligations incumbent upon it in the timing of its disclosure of the existence of an intended uranium enrichment … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Mar 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that while democracy in Iraq may look one way in second Iraqi general election on Sunday, it may evolve to look very different when the next election cycle rolls around and the American troops are gone... American Ambassador … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Don Rothwell of Australian National University College of Law says that in the context of unpromising diplomatic negotiations between Japan and Australia with regard to Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean area, the Australian government will likely be left with no choice but to file suit against … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Aronson of Creighton University School of Law says that Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota's current safety crisis - now the subject of Congressional hearings - should prompt the company to address its seriously flawed system of governance more than just its public image.... The next phase in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Feb 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnists Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel at the Constitution Project, and Karen Bloom, legal fellow with the Constitution Project, say that the US Supreme Court's decision in the upcoming Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project case challenging the constitutionality of laws prohibiting "material support" to terrorist groups may … [read more]


Academic Commentary
21 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that the guilt or innocence of "enhanced interrogation" memo writers John Yoo and Jay Bybee should be determined in state or federal court by a jury of their peers, rather than under the forgiving gaze of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Moeen Cheema of Australian National University College of Law and Shahzad Akbar, an advocate practicing at the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, say that since Pakistan President's Zardari's refusal to appoint judges to the Lahore High Court (LHC) seriously undermines the capacity of that key court to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Feb 2010

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Gail Davidson, Executive Director of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, says that the Supreme Court of Canada was simply wrong in taking the extraordinary step of denying Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr the remedy ordered by the courts below — the only remedy available — based on … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Chibli Mallat, professor of law at the University of Utah and Saint Joseph's University, Lebanon, says that for the sake of stability in Iraq's upcoming elections, it's imperative that all parties respect the Iraqi judiciary's recent decision on candidate eligibility.... It took the US Supreme Court 180 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says that although a president should naturally be careful to avoid demonstrating disrespect for the Supreme Court, the remarks President Obama recently made about the Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission during the State … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Feb 2010
by Jeffrey Addicott of
edited by JURIST Staff

JURIST Contributing Editor Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary's University School of Law, formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, says President Obama's inability to close the lawful Guantanamo prison is actually good news, but so is the Afghan government's agreement to take over the new … [read more]

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