Legal news from Monday, March 24, 2003
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] and the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website] both suggested Monday that American criticism of Iraq for breaching the obligations of the Geneva Conventions on prisoners of war may be problematic and even hypocritical in light of US treatment of detainees in [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter Monday, the New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] urged the Chairman of the UN Human Rights Commission to call a special sitting to monitor human rights during the conflict in Iraq: During the high-level segment opening this 59th session of the Commission, several [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP reports that Iraqi TV Monday showed video of two men it said were US Apache helicopter pilots captured when their helicopter was brought down earlier in central Iraq. The men did not speak and were not asked any questions. A collection of documents, including ID cards, was later [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office [official website] announced in a press release Monday that it was expelling two diplomats attached to the Iraqi Interests section of the Jordanian Embassy in London, pursuant to the terms of Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations:The Foreign Office [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross [advocacy website] issued new Iraq field reports Monday concerning POWs, the humanitarian situation in Basra, and other matters. On POWs: The ICRC has established contacts with a view to gaining access to prisoners of war (POWs). There has been a lot of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's oil wells are on fire - see the latest satellite images of oil wells at Rumailah, along the Iraq-Kuwait border, provided Monday by the United Nations Environment Programme. Could Iraqi soldiers and civilians torching Iraq's oil wells be tried for war crimes? The key provisions of international law [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday granted certiorari in Maryland v. Pringle [US SC docket], a case concerning the Fourth Amendment. More details from DC Supreme Court litigators Goldstein & Howe. Monday's complete Supreme Court Order List [PDF text] is now online. The Supreme Court notably declined to allow an [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Kofi Annan spoke to reporters on the Iraq situation Monday. He responded to Friday's criticism of the UN by Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Aldouri - reported previously on JURIST - and in light of weekend events (loss of electricity and water in Basra, display of US prisoners [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights [official website] reported Monday that the first small group (14) of refugees from Iraq arrived in Syria over the weekend. No other refugee arrivals in other countries bordering Iraq have as yet been reported.The principal international legal instruments governing refugees are [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice William Rehnquist gave the keynote speech Friday at a University of Richmond School of Law symposium on judicial independence [UR Law news release] honoring Harry L. Carrico, the retiring chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. A transcript of Chief Justice Rehnquist's remarks is now online from [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Emory University School of Law [official website] Monday announced the launch of a new website on Islam and human rights.... The AALS may move its 2004 Annual Meeting out of Atlanta if the ongoing controversy over use of the Confederate battle emblem in the Georgia state flag isn't resolved. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Monday on law professors' weblogs: Lawrence Solum [Legal Theory blog] of Loyola Law School Los Angeles is blogging from the ICANN meetings [agenda] in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.... Peter Tillers [Tillers on Evidence blog] at Cardozo Law School is coming to grips [Tillers on Evidence post] with some of [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to a Monday wire from Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his Foreign Minister to make a "strong request" of the Iraqi government that it strictly follow the international rules for the treatment of prisoners of war."We know about the conditions the soldiers of [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Nguyen v. United States [US SC docket] (appeals, Article III judges - read backgrounders from DC appellate litigators Goldstein & Howe and Sam Heldman) and Wiggins v. Smith [US SC docket] (death penalty, ineffective assistance of counsel - more from Goldstein [read more]

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