Legal Developments Explored In-Depth

Oxygen shortages, inadequate medical supplies, overwhelmed hospitals—these scenarios may sound all too familiar in a pandemic-weary world. But in Myanmar, they are playing out against a backdrop of the mass arrests, forced disappearances and casualties that have come to define daily life since February, when the military leadership carried out a coup d’état against the [...]

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Twenty-year-old law student Theint Sandi Soe had been visiting her mother and four-year-old sister at their family home in Mogok when military police burst in and detained all three of them. Against the backdrop of Myanmar’s ongoing military coup, the arrests themselves did not send shockwaves. It was what happened next—an act of courageous defiance [...]

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It’s been more than a year since COVID-19 began its unbridled spread. Early in the pandemic period, surging infection rates left much of the global population in lockdown, spurring new highs in boredom-driven dependence on electronic devices. Some hackers wasted no time in responding to the crisis by creating malware-embedded COVID-19 phishing emails, withholding patient health [...]

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New Zealand governments have long been subject to criticism for vesting decision-making power over Māori in Pākehā-driven state agencies. Structural issues dating back to the differences between the English and Māori texts of the 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) are one means of explaining the paradigm. While change has been long-demanded, [...]

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During the pandemic, the scientific community took a remarkable step forward by sharing large sets of public data on COVID-19 with researchers and healthcare professionals engaged in treatments and vaccine development. Many saw great potential for this data in training Artificial Intelligence (AI) responses in managing the pandemic. A year later, as countries rushing to [...]

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In JURIST’s latest explainer, we explore Title 42 § 265, which allows the U.S. President to prohibit the entry of people or property into the United States whenever the Surgeon General determines that there is a serious danger of the introduction of communicable disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order on March 20, [...]

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Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for some 60% of India’s 1.3 billion-strong population, and the country’s farmers constitute its largest voting base, imbuing them with a wealth of political power. It is against this backdrop that a series of recent legislative disputes have provoked turmoil between the authorities and the farming community. In [...]

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Around the globe, local media outlets are struggling to make ends meet as the internet, social media and paid advertisements tip the scales of media access in the favor of tech giants and publishing powerhouses. A recent showdown between tech giant Facebook and the Australian Government foreshadowed the grim potential of this journalistic power imbalance, [...]

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