January 17, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the ...[read more]
January 1, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday signed the Rome Statute to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a meeting in Ramallah. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC. It lists the "crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, the court's rules of procedure and ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally ended its war in Afghanistan on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 the US-led ...[read more]
December 1, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The UN Committee Against Torture released a report on Friday that found the US has fallen short of full compliance with the Convention Against Torture international treaty. Police brutality, detention facilities, military interrogations and the criminalization of torture itself were several of ...[read more]
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 4, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) on Monday opened its 53rd session and discussed the changes that have been made since the Convention Against Torture, an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment, was adopted 30 years ago. During ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Changing international relations at the end of the 20th century, as well as concern for how various countries would handle sensitive environmental issues, led to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Conference. Held in June 1992, the conference produced the first ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Cuban nationalists began pressing for independence from Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. Cuban guerrilla fighters initiated frequent skirmishes with the Spanish military between 1868 and 1878. Revolutionary activities picked up in the 1890s and Spain imposed martial law in 1896. International ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]
June 2, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Bond v. United States that prosecutors cannot use an international chemical weapons treaty to convict a woman who attacked her husband's lover. Carol Anne Bond attempted to poison the woman by applying two toxic chemicals to her mailbox, car door handles and ...[read more]

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