November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran ...[read more]
June 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Spanish lawmakers on Thursday approved controversial new legal protections for former king Juan Carlos after he lost his total immunity when he abdicated the throne last week. After leaving the throne for his heir, King Felipe VI, Juan Carlos left himself open to possible legal actions, including ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Seelau of The Project for Indigenous Self Determination discusses Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community... On May 27, 2014 the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. The decision was ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that US Secret Service agents are entitled to qualified immunity despite having treated a group of protesters differently based on their viewpoints. In 2004 while then-president George W. Bush was campaigning for re-election, groups of protesters and supporters ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community that tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal court to enjoin a tribe from violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) outside of Indian lands. In this case the state of Michigan and the ...[read more]
May 26, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday that traffickers in Yemen are holding African migrants in detention camps and using torture as a method of extorting money from their families with the cooperation of local officials. The report, entitled "'Yemen's Torture Camps': Abuse of Migrants by ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by William Helbling
The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the ...[read more]
March 5, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of Plumhoff v. Rickard on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in denying qualified immunity to police offers who were found to have used unreasonable force against a suspect. The case was brought on appeal by ...[read more]

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