December 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
An independent UN human rights expert said Tuesday that Cambodia's government is manipulating the judiciary to silence opposition. The Special Rapporteur in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, emphasized recent arrests followed by mass convictions for a July 15 ant-igovernment demonstration highlight a ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can stand for a third six-year term and declared snap presidential polls four years into his term in office. The Supreme Court ruled that there were no constitutional or legal barriers impeding him from seeking a third ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the state's right-to-work law, stating it did not violate the state's constitution. The 5-0 decision was from an appeal from the Indiana trial court which declared that two of the statutes provisions violated Article 1 Section 21 of the Indiana State ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the country's human ...[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]
October 7, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Birriel, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the third article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Birriel discusses the issues with mandatory judiciary retirement ...[read more]

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