November 21, 2014
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars, of the University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the new Alabama Gun Control Law and argues that the state's gun regulations will be largely unaffected by the new constitutional amendment...Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state ...[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 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Hong Kong court notice ordering authorities to start clearing protest sites that have been occupied for seven weeks was published in leading newspapers on Saturday. The notice will allow authorities, who have been on standby waiting to take action, to immediately begin clearing out the most ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic called Tuesday for a strict international law to end the use of incendiary weapons. The report was published in response to evidence of repeated incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and Syria. According to the report, the ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged accountability for torture in the Philippines, noting that five years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, there have still been no convictions. Salil Shetty, AI's Secretary General, says that the law, considered at the time a huge reform ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Emelina Perez
An investigation conducted by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School determined three Myanmar Army commanders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Thandaung Township, Kayin State, between January 2005 and December 2006. The study explains that beginning in 2005, ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Thai court sentenced university student Akkaradet Eiamsuwan to two-and-a-half years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king. The criminal court judge found Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the nation's lese majeste law, which punishes people who ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Perpetrators of war crimes in Serbia must not escape justice, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. The statement came as the group published a Serbian version of a report, originally published in June, which "analyses the problems within the prosecutorial and judicial system in Serbia," as ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A federal judge in Argentina on Friday requested that Spain arrest and extradite 20 former Spanish officials suspected of human rights violations during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, said she is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for human ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday provided criticized the recent Singapore Supreme Court ruling to uphold a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men. The OHCHR stated that this particular criminal law prosecuting same-sex couples " ...[read more]

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