November 3, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem with "Israel" as the place of birth. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry the US Court of Appeals for the District of ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Jenna Decker
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases slated for argument during the October 2014 term. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the court will address the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse US passports and Consular Reports ...[read more]
November 24, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Bahraini authorities on Saturday arrested and charged two former Guantanamo Bay detainees for plotting an attack in Bahrain. Reports indicate authorities caught the former detainees as they attempted to cross into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on the King Fahad Causeway using forged passports. Bahrain' ...[read more]
July 25, 2013
by G. Redd
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Wednesday that Israel cannot be listed as the place of birth on US passports for citizens born in Jerusalelm. Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act requires the State Department to list Jerusalem, Israel, as the ...[read more]
June 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 1, 2008, Swiss citizens voted to reject a referendum initiative that would have allowed municipalities control over granting Swiss passports without the possibility of appeal for applicants. The Swiss Supreme Court found in 2003 that a similar policy was unconstitutional for being ...[read more]
August 13, 2009
by Andrew Wood
David Satter: The proposed law allowing Russian troops to intervene beyond Russia's borders is meant merely to provide legal cover for possible future Russian aggression. The law, which presumably will be adopted, declares as legal what was already done in the case of the Russ... ...[read more]
May 27, 2009
by Christian Ehret
The Constitutional Court of Moldova has upheld a recent law barring certain government officials from holding dual citizenship. The controversial law no. 273 was passed by the Communist Party in April 2008 and, among other provisions, requires citizens to relinquish foreign passports before taking ...[read more]
February 23, 2009
by Abigail Salisbury
Guest commentator Sara Burhan Abdullah, Pitt Law LL.M. '08 and JD '12, writes about an experience in her native Iraq...While living in Iraq, my husband Haider Hamoudi and I began working for the Iraqi Jessup moot court team. We instructed the team to apply for their passports, so that we cou... ...[read more]
September 10, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
A group of American citizens from Texas' Rio Grande Valley filed suit against the US Department of State (DOS) Tuesday, alleging they had been denied passports because they are of Mexican descent and were delivered by midwives. According to a complaint filed in the US District Court for the Sout... ...[read more]

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