April 6, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnists Leonard M. Baynes and David L. Gregory, both of the St. John's University School of Law, discuss the anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the interplay of racial and economic justice ... This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of Title VII ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A UN expert on Friday urged the Kazakhstan government to end the mandatory registration of religious communities. Currently, all religious communities in Kazakhstan are required by law to obtain registration status to exercise collective religious functions. During a visit to Kazakhstan, the UN ...[read more]
April 4, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday signed the controversial Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which prevents the state from taking any legislative action that would place a "substantial burden" on a person's exercise of religion. The law also requires a showing that ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Arizona state lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that will allow state business owners to refuse service to individuals for "religious reasons," a law that has been denounced by critics as sanctioning discrimination against LGBT individuals. The bill was jointly written by the ...[read more]
December 15, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The US District Court for the District of Utah struck down part of Utah's anti-bigamy law on Friday in the case of Brown v. Buhman, holding that the cohabitation prong of the state law is a facial violation of the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. Judge Clark Waddoups, in a 91... ...[read more]
November 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Monday urged the government of Malaysia to overturn the nation's ban on a Catholic publication's use of the word "Allah" to refer to God. Allah is the Arabic word for God and has been used by Christians Malaysians ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Neil Devlin
On November 6, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that an opening prayer in a town meeting amounted to the government endorsing Christianity. Therefore, the ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment bars the US government from making any law regarding the establishment of religion. Traditionally, the Establishment Clause has been seen as forbidding the government from establishing a national religion as well as prohibiting any preferential ...[read more]
November 10, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill by a vote of 64 to 32 outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) outlaws workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ENDA expands ...[read more]

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