November 21, 2014
by Allison Hall
On August 8, 2014 the US began airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. The US has since expanded its operations into neighboring Syria. President Obama and his administration proceeded with the airstrike campaign without official congressional approval. Debate surrounding the legality of the ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS ...[read more]
November 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Ann Schober
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the constitutionality and international legality of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria ... President Obama and Secretary Kerry were reluctant to use the word "war" or the phrase "armed conflict" with respect ...[read more]
September 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The United Nations top advocate for children affected by war on Monday expressed concern about the expansion of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq and the increase in violations against children there. During her address to the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) special session on Iraq, ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a ...[read more]
July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN ...[read more]
July 13, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals ...[read more]

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