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Academic Commentary
28 Mar 2015
by John B. Quigley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
edited by Joseph Macklin

JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of September 1, 2014, titled "The … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Pakistani police have detained the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on abduction charges a day after a court ordered his release. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was detained in Pakistani custody since 2008 for heading the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], which was held … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Leslie Esbrook, Yale Law School Class of 2015, shows how the current international framework applies to recent international conflicts...Human Rights Watch released a report documenting war crimes committed by Syrian rebels on August 4 and urged the Security Council to refer the rebel groups to the International … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. Previously, Juzdan explained the nature and complexity of identifying the rebels in Syria and the implications of using the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. Previously, Juzdan explored the the difficulty of identifying who the rebels are and what their overreaching goals are in the Syrian civil war. In … [read more]

Student Commentary
16 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Juzdan, Seton Hall University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of a series commenting on the Syrian civil war. In the first part, Juzdan explains and explores the character of the opposition groups in Syria...On September 5, 2013, the New York Times ran … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Jun 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Zeray Yihdego of the University of Aberdeen Law School examines several legal issues arising from the dispute over the Blue Nile Dam between Egypt and Ethiopia...Egypt and Ethiopia are in a war of words concerning the damming of the Blue Nile. Ethiopia intends, and has already completed … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares, an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, explains the impact of religion on legal rights in Palestine...Religion affects many aspects of life in Palestine, including legal rights. One sensitive issue in Palestine is converting from Islam to Christianity … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of the Michigan State University College of Law says that the International Labor Organization's recent report addressing gaps in the current legal regime erected against forced labor is commendable but unsatisfying, arguing that it only superficially touches upon forced labor's root causes: poverty and … [read more]

Professional Commentary
7 Mar 2013

JURIST Columnists Kambiz Behi of EnterInvest and Edsel Tupaz of Tupaz & Associates examine the impact of the Russian Federation's Constitution, the structure of the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin's current role...On January 1, 2013, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) came into effect, requiring foreign banks … [read more]

Professional Commentary
27 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Kels of the US Air Force Reserve and the Department of Homeland Security argues that legal experts should think twice before diluting the clarity of international armed conflicts...The law of armed conflict (LOAC) applies when the threshold of armed conflict is met. Since the 1949 Geneva … [read more]

Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr, the Human Rights Watch researcher for Afghanistan, argues that the executions approved recently approved by Afghanistan's president are further distancing the country from its western support...When the executions came, they happened so quickly that they were over almost before the world noticed. On November 19, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Preston Findlay, a representative for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, argues that the Supreme Court should hold that US courts have the power to handle appeals stemming for international child abduction cases...When the US Supreme Court hears argument in Chafin v. Chafin this week, … [read more]

6 Nov 2012

On November 6, 2010, a Peruvian judge reinstated the parole of Lori Berenson, a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization, after serving 15 years of her 20 year sentence. Berenson had previously been granted parole in May 2010 due to her good behavior, renunciation … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, says that Archbishop Desmond Tutu's statements regarding the prosecution of George W. Bush and Tony Blair serve as an ardent call for advancement towards a truly universal system of justice...While Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent call … [read more]

29 Sep 2012

On September 29, 2011, two rights organizations filed an indictment [PDF] against former US president George W. Bush with the Canadian Department of Justice for allegations that he commissioned a torture program during his time in office. The indictment was the second of the year; the first was filed in … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Mais Qandeel, an LL.M. Graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the author of an eight-part series that explores which party should bear the legal responsibility of providing medical and health care for Palestinian children affected by Israel's use of white phosphorus bombs. This … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Abeer Hashayka, an LL.M. Candidate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, examines the treatment of Palestinian families at Israeli checkpoints and calls for safe, reliable access to hospitals and clinics during pregnancy...For most families, the birth of a child is a happy … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Jul 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk holds an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In the second entry of a two-part series, she argues for changes in social policy to address food security... The dramatic population growth in developing countries raises concerns about particular social issues, such as family … [read more]

Student Commentary
3 Jul 2012

JURIST Senior Editor Kimberly Bennett, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, posits that human rights violations taking place in rural, economically disadvantaged communities are most likely to be reconciled through the harmonization of corporations and the locality they inhabit... (Her opinions are not intended to represent those … [read more]

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