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UN rights expert calls for greater efforts to prevent genocide
January 22, 2015
As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why....... [more]

UN deputy chief: understanding causes of genocide vital to prevention
January 18, 2015
During a Holocaust memorial service at the Park East Synagogue in New York City on Saturday, UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said preventing genocide requires making concerted efforts to figure out the forces that cause it. Eliasson emphasized attempting to improve understanding between com....... [more]

Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Caitlin Borgmann of the City University of New York School of Law, discusses recent circuit court decisions addressing state abortion laws and predicts that one of the decisions may reach the US Supreme Court...Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important ab....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against India PM over 2002 riots
January 14, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, agreeing with the US State Department that he is entitled to immunity from lawsuits in US courts. The lawsuit, filed by the American Justice Center (A....... [more]

New York City officials agree to end solitary confinement for young offenders
January 14, 2015
New York City officials announced Tuesday that they have agreed on a plan that will eliminate the use of solitary confinement for inmates 21 or younger at Rikers Island prison. The new plan comes on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio banning solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates in De....... [more]

PLO trial set to start over attacks in Israel
January 11, 2015
A case involving the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to begin in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York this week regarding attacks on Israel more than a decade ago and whether these organizations owe the victims as much as $1 bi....... [more]

New York court sentences Muslim cleric to life imprisonment
January 10, 2015
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday sentenced Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison for supporting terrorism. Hamza was convicted and found guilty of 11 criminal charges in May. The charges included planning to establish a jihad training c....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds New York vaccination requirement
January 8, 2015
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld a New York state rule barring unimmunized children from public schools. On the district court level, Judge William Kuntz II of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of the st....... [more]

Pennsylvania top court strikes down law on juvenile sex offenders
January 3, 2015
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of the....... [more]

US city files suit against Brazil's Petrobras for securities fraud
December 28, 2014
The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a class action suit against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleges Petrobras engaged in a fraudulent scheme to inflate the value of the company's net incom....... [more]

New York governor to ban fracking statewide
December 19, 2014
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local Marcellus s....... [more]




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