August 24, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Nema Milaninia: The recent appointment of Ayatollah Sadegh Ardeshir Larijani as the new head of Iran's judiciary is unlikely to remedy the dire judicial and prison conditions prevailing in Iran and exacerbated by recent turmoil following the election. If anything, it is likely to frustra... ...[read more]
October 16, 2008
by Andrew Morgan
US President George W. Bush on Tuesday signed a bill designed to further insulate federal inspectors general (IGs) from political interference. The Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 is the latest in a series of amendments to the Inspector General Act of 1978, which created the oversight ...[read more]
October 16, 2007
by Lisl Brunner
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said Monday that the country's newly elected Constituent Assembly will consider transforming the current Constitutional Tribunal into a Constitutional Court insulated from political pressure. While the new court would still determine the constitutionality of la... ...[read more]
May 1, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts
An internal US Department of Justice order disclosed Monday by the National Journal gave two top aides to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wide discretion to fire and hire political appointees within the Department who were not subject to Senate confirmation. The memo, dated March 2006, ...[read more]
October 20, 2006
by Michael Sung
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) has urged the Seven Party Alliance Government and the Maoist faction in Nepal to adhere to their commitments to protect human rights, saying in a statement Thursday that although there have been efforts to combat ...[read more]
April 22, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
Iraq President Jalal Talabani formally designated hardline Shiite politician Jawad al-Maliki to form a new government Saturday, giving him 30 days to present his Cabinet to Parliament for approval. Shiites nominated al-Maliki on Friday after outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari gave up his ...[read more]
February 4, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said Friday in response to suggestions that the Canadian Parliament should be given a more active role in the high court appointment process that it should remain the same. McLachlin said in an Ottawa speech that allowing Parliament greater influence over ...[read more]
January 13, 2006
by JURIST Staff
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Richard Davis of Brigham Young University says that at the end of four days of Senate confirmation hearings, Judge Samuel Alito appears to have succeeded in his political task of securing enough swing votes to avoid a filibuster and assure his appointment to the US ...[read more]
June 23, 2005
by Tom Henry
A group of 50 Sunni Muslim religious, political, and tribal leaders Thursday endorsed a list of 15 men to sit on a special committee to help draft Iraq's new constitution. The announcement ends any debate over whether improperly endorsed appointments should be deemed invalid. The 15 men, whose... ...[read more]
June 7, 2005
by Krista-Ann Staley
The Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) has denied recent reports that the trial of Saddam Hussein is imminent, perhaps getting underway in the next two months with the first of 12 specific cases against him. The Tribunal stressed its independence from any political timetable possibly relating to the ...[read more]

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