March 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary César Miranda stated, "It neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Matt Belenky
An EU official said Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged both sides to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to "take immediate steps to protect civilians in the days before comes into force ... on Saturday night at midnight." According to the group, civilians are now at an even greater risk, as both sides will " ...[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 24, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday criticized Israel for unlawfully demolishing Palestinian homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem this week. OCHA indicates that over the past three days, 77 Palestinians have been made homeless as a result of Israel's ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said the Ivory Coast must hand over Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, to stand trial in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity. The ICC judges rejected the Ivory Coast's challenge to the admissibility ...[read more]
November 27, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report detailing its concern that people hoping to gain their land back under the Victims Land and Restitution Law in Colombia may face problems ranging from bureaucracy to intimidation, causing them to fail to receive their land. The report, ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday, adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Megan Miller
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS ...[read more]

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