January 28, 2015
by William Helbling
The Bahrain Ministry of Justice on Wednesday commenced the trial of prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman for his role in promoting an overthrow of the current Bahrain political system. The current Al-Wefaq Islamic Society secretary general faces charges of inciting a change of government by ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday condemned the recent violence in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria committed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The release states that Boko Haram has been operating in this town since ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by William Helbling
The defense lawyer for prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman said Sunday that his client is facing four charges from Bahrain prosecutors carrying sentences that range from three years to life in prison. Salman's lawyer reported that the charges include inciting a change of government by force, ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Elinor Fry, of VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, discusses the ICC's problematic jurisdiction over foreign Islamic state fighters...In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung published on November 20, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said her ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Addison Morris
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday suggested to the country's parliament that new laws are needed to strengthen existing legislation to combat terrorism. Razak expressed particular concern about citizens returning home to Malaysia with extremist ideology after fighting alongside ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
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 ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Last week a law student was found guilty for a terrorism-related offense in the UK after a semi-secret trial. The Turkish-born student, Erol Incedal, was found guilty of possessing a bomb-making document that is likely useful to terrorists. Prosecutors sought to keep the trial secret on national ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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 ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]

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