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Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday announced new international adoption legislation as well as a review of pending cases since the country banned non-residents from adopting in 2013. The new legislation would mandate [AP report] an in-person hearing from anyone who looks to adopt … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Dec 2015
by Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Guadalupe T. Luna of Indiana Tech Law School discusses Indiana Governor's refusal to accept Syrian refugees...Federal law and its nexus with international humanitarian principles, agreements and commitments extend sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-torn countries, ethnic strife and other harm that precludes return to their countries of origin. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Security Council on Friday adopted [press release] a new resolution which outlines a process to work for peace within Syria. The 15 member council agreed upon a plan which will allow for the UN to take a large role in the Syrian conflict with the hope of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Dec 2015
by Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch
edited by Adam Shirer

JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses the need to strengthen existing international law on incendiary weapons ... Incendiary weapons inflict almost unrivaled cruelty on their victims. Photos taken after an incendiary weapon attack on a Syrian school show the charred bodies of children, who must have … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Iraqi government officials ordered Turkey on Saturday to withdraw hundreds of troops deployed near Mosul, the largest city currently controlled by Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militants. Iraqi President Fouad Massoum stated that the deployment was a "violation of international norms and law" and may be … [read more]


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]

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