March 1, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Friday ruled that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of a biological mother's same-sex partner. The plaintiff was the biological mother of three children appealing a court order that granted visitation rights to her former same-sex partner. The ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday that Croatia will block Serbia from joining the EU unless it changes a 2003 law allowing Belgrade to prosecute Croatians for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. The law would allow Serbia to have universal jurisdiction for the ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday opened a probe into potential war crimes in Palestinian territories. The probe is the first step toward opening an investigation of both Palestine and Israel relating to the Gaza war last summer, and will analyze ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as defined by congress in order ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called Tunisia's military justice law repressive after blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to three years for "defaming the army" and "insulting military high command" for posting criticisms of government officials on Facebook. HRW criticized the Tunisian ...[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 24, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
JURIST Guest Columnist Elinor Fry, of VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, discusses the ICC's problematic jurisdiction over foreign Islamic state fighters...In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung published on November 20, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said her ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in four cases. In Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank the court will decide whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. In Kimble ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Gelboim v. Bank of America Corporation the court heard arguments on whether and in what circumstances the dismissal of an action that has been consolidated with other suits is immediately appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl the court is considering whether the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) bars federal court jurisdiction over a suit brought by non-taxpayers to enjoin the informational notice and reporting requirements ...[read more]

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