May 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday reported widespread torture of detainees in Morocco and Western Sahara at the hands of authorities. AI documented 173 cases of torture between 2010 and 2014, including beatings, asphyxiation, drowning techniques and rape threats. The report also stated that ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted as a ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday detailing the continued abuse of criminal suspects by Chinese police. The interviewed detainees reported instances of torture, including being shackled to a "tiger chair" for days and being hung by the wrists. Despite detention reforms in China, ...[read more]
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]
April 29, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar that states may ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court found that such restrictions do not violate the First Amendment. Roberts ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The annual Webby Awards in Law and more than 100 other subject categories were announced in New York Monday as the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honored excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet in 2015. Harvard Law project ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The current government of the Central African Republic, the National Transition Council, voted Wednesday to create a Special Criminal Court. The new judicial entity is to be made up of 27 judges, including 14 from CAR and 13 from other countries. The creation of the special criminal tribunal has ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Oskar Groening, a former Auschwitz guard, admitted in his opening statement before a court in Germany Tuesday that he shared the burden of moral guilt for his role at Auschwitz, which earned him the title, "Accountant of Auschwitz," but left it to the judges to determine if his actions were ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early to render a ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of ...[read more]

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