September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes, with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the laws of ...[read more]
July 13, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Bonnie Docherty of Human Rights Watch discusses fully autonomous weapons and their human rights implications... Fully autonomous weapons, which could select and fire on targets without meaningful human intervention, have the potential to revolutionize the nature of warfare, ...[read more]
December 17, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
During the colonial and revolutionary period of the US, most Americans practiced agriculture. The early US also had a substantial population of laborers, a group that included artisans, indentured servants and slaves. Many laborers resided in the major colonial cities of Philadelphia, New York and ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The US War on Drugs started in earnest during the 1970's. The US Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act in 1970, following the spread of recreational drug use during the 1960's and of drug addictions of US soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. Particularly troubled ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
Marijuana is labeled a Schedule I drug by the federal government under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Its production, distribution, possession and use are thus criminally prohibited. The drug's negative treatment from the federal government stems from the Prohibition Era, culminating in ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Addison Morris
A spokesperson for European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said Monday that Croatia may face legal action for failure to comply with EU extradition law. Days before entering the EU on July 1, the Croatian government changed the country's laws to prevent extradition of suspects for crimes ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Although the protests that ousted Mubarak in 2011 bore similarities to protests across the region known as the Arab Spring, the country has not always been in lockstep with the politics of other Middle Eastern countries. A historic peace deal brokered in 1979 by US President Jimmy Carter between ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On March 5, 2012, US Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Obama administration's policy of targeted killings of US citizens abroad who are members of al Qaeda. In his speech at Northwestern University School of Law, Holder stressed that the procedural requirements of Due Process Clause change ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Keith Herting
The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday overturned the convictions of ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. The appeals chamber found that the court's trial ...[read more]

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