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Malaysia appeals court strikes down anti-crossdressing law
November 8, 2014
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council o....... [more]

Alabama voters approve prohibition against foreign law
November 5, 2014
Alabama voters on Tuesday passed Foreign Laws in Court Amendment One, a ballot measure that prohibits the use of foreign law to make decisions in Alabama courts. The amendment will be added to the state's constitution after a legislative committee determines where it will best fit and how it should....... [more]

Saudi Arabia court sentences 3 lawyers for criticizing judiciary
October 28, 2014
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each con....... [more]

Saudi Arabia clerics condemn terrorism
September 17, 2014
Saudi Arabia's top clerical council on Wednesday issued a statement calling terrorism a "heinous crime" under Sharia and saying that clerics who issue religious edicts justifying terrorism should be tried in court. It also stated that it supports the kingdom's efforts to find and punish followers of....... [more]

India high court forbids enforcement of fatwas
July 9, 2014
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that fatwas issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The court found that it violated citizens' fundamen....... [more]

Brunei becomes first east-Asian country to adopt Sharia
May 2, 2014
Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah proclaimed the enactment of Sharia in the country on Wednesday. The law will operate alongside Brunei's civil code, which Bolkiah explained to mean that Brunei "will have two criminal justice systems working hand in hand." Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the a....... [more]

Maldives president refuses to ratify marital rape law
January 17, 2014
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it in....... [more]

Tunisia assembly opts for civil law over Sharia in constitution
January 5, 2014
Tunisian members of parliament rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country on Saturday as they voted to establish a new constitution. The Islamist-led party and secular parties overcame intense debate about Islam's role in the country before beginning to draft the new constitution. The....... [more]

Anti-Sharia Legislation and the Status of the American Muslim
October 29, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Mohamad, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, offers insight surrounding the challenges surrounding recent "anti-foreign law" legislation and the resulting impact on the Muslim-American community...Sharia law, the multifaceted entity that is known as Isla....... [more]

The Family, Faith and Freedom Protection Act of 2013 Is an Abuse of Power
September 20, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Nimra Azmi, Harvard Law School Class of 2015, discusses a recent vote for a bill by the North Carolina General Assembly which would ban all foreign law from the state...On August 25, 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act....... [more]

North Carolina governor allows anti-Sharia bill to become law
August 27, 2013
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a person....... [more]




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