May 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a gun. Those who violate this ...[read more]
April 26, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the Canadian criminal code outlines the ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Gregory Measer of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the potential impact of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and other states on protecting and promoting the public's health ...Fierce debates and ...[read more]
April 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and highlighted the crucial connection between the rule of law and sustainable development. The Congress also adopted the Doha Declaration which highlights ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released a report entitled "Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots." The report analyzes the hurdles involved in holding anyone (programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel) accountable for deaths caused by fully autonomous weapons, ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty of five counts of of lèse majesté, with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The sentence was r... ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to relinquish its gun-registry database to Quebec. The Court's 5-4 decision affirmed Parliament's constitutional right over criminal law. Although three Quebec judges dissented, the majority ruled that the principle ...[read more]

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