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Germany court dismisses case against former Nazi solider
December 9, 2014
A German court on Tuesday threw out a case against a former SS soldier who was accused of being involved in the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. German prosecutors claim that Cologne resident Werner C. was part of a firing squad that killed 25 men and aided in the burnin....... [more]

Wanted Nazi war criminal died in Syria four years ago: report
December 1, 2014
Nazi-hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Efraim Zuroff told the BBC Monday that he is certain that wanted Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner died in Syria four years ago. Zuroff said that new information from a former German secret service agent indicates that Brunner died in 2010 and is....... [more]

The Islamic State
November 24, 2014
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria k....... [more]

Statehood Recognition and IS
November 21, 2014
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many Wester....... [more]

ICC prosecutor contemplating war crimes charges against Islamic State fighters: report
November 20, 2014
The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said in an interview published Thursday that the ICC is contemplating bringing war crimes charges against Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters. Bensouda pointed to credible reports of numerous foreign fighters from co....... [more]

EU court affirms ruling by German court on immigrant benefit refusal
November 11, 2014
The EU Court of Justice on Tuesday affirmed a German court decision to ban unemployment benefits of a Romanian immigrant who did not seek employment in Germany. Pursuant to the 2004 EU directive on freedom of movement, EU citizens must have sufficient resources to support themselves after three mon....... [more]

Statehood for Break Away Regions
October 28, 2014
JURIST is seeking the opinion of experts and practitioners on the effects that "break-away" and/or autonomous regions have on international law, and the effects that international law has on the search for statehood in these regions. Potential topics could include: Accession to international agre....... [more]

Germany man charged in more than 300,000 Auschwitz murders
September 16, 2014
German prosecutors on Monday charged a 93-year-old former Waffen SS volunteer with aiding in the murder of at least 300,000 people during his time as a volunteer at Auschwitz. The man is accused of helping collect money stolen from the disposed luggage of inmates and transferring it to the SS's econ....... [more]

Germany passes bill banning support of Islamic State
September 13, 2014
Germany passed a bill banning on all images and activities in support of the Islamic State (IS) Friday, effectively outlawing support for the group. The ban takes immediate effect and covers the recruitment of jihadist fighters, the use of IS symbols and social media propaganda. Interior Minister Th....... [more]

European court allows library to digitize but not disseminate works
September 13, 2014
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against Eu....... [more]

Germany publishes new draft cybersecurity law
August 30, 2014
The German Federal Ministry of the Interior on Friday published its revised proposal for a new IT security law. The draft law seeks to protect the privacy of German citizens and improve the IT security of companies operating in the country by imposing new minimum security requirements on telecommuni....... [more]




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