JURIST Daily Digest – 26 September 2016

JURIST Daily Digest

 In the 26 September 2016 edition:

Today’s Legal News

Latest Legal Commentary:

Today’s Legal News

Republic of Congo Foreign Minister welcomes new constitution
By Mark Casper on Sep 25, 2016 03:41 pm
The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo [embassy website], Jean-Claude Gakosso, embraced the country’s new constitution [UN News Centre] on Saturday before the UN General Assembly [official website], which he said will improve political, economic and social governance. The new constitution, which Gakosso said was “more adapted to the requirements of the rule of law in its most commonly accepted sense,” is structured on the separation of powers, particularly entrenching the independence of the judiciary, and abolishes the death…   +read more

Syria situation a breach of humanitarian law: EU officials
By Emelina Perez on Sep 25, 2016 02:59 pm
Attacks in Aleppo, Syria’s capital, were called a “breach of international humanitarian law” in a joint statement [text] by EU officials on Saturday. The EU is urging countries with influence on the parties to encourage negotiations to cease the attacks and allow humanitarian aid to victims in need. Suffering in Aleppo has become worse in the last 48 hours, according to the officials. They denounced the targeting of a humanitarian convoy, which was hit by an airstrike last week. Because…   +read more

Brazil Supreme Court allows corruption probe of President Temer
By Mark Casper on Sep 25, 2016 02:31 pm
The Brazil Supreme Court [official website] approved a motion by prosecutors to open a preliminary investigation into accusations from Sergio Machado, former Transpetro head, that president Michel Temer sought illegal campaign donations in 2012. It was revealed by the Supreme Court in June that portions of Machado’s plea bargain testimony allege that Temer requested contribution from an engineering group in relation to Sao Paulo’s 2012 mayoral campaign, which was legal but resulted from illegal kickbacks on contracts with Petrobras. Transpetro…   +read more

Former Wells Fargo employees file lawsuit against bank
By Emelina Perez on Sep 25, 2016 02:18 pm
Two former employees of Wells Fargo [corporate website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday on behalf of employees whom they claim were penalized over the last 10 years for following the rules and not meeting sales quotas. The lawsuit seeks $2.6 billion in damages or possibly more for allegations that include wrongful termination, unlawful business practices and failure to pay wages. According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo was aware [Reuters report] that their strict sales quotas were…   +read more

Latest Legal Commentary

Cicero, International Law, and the Oil in Iraq
By Laurie Blank on Sep 23, 2016 02:06 am
JURIST 2016 Law of Armed Conflict Contributing Editor Laurie R. Blank of the Emory University School of Law discusses recent political comments concerning application of law during times of war… +read more

A Federal Expungement Law Should Be a Priority in Any Future Criminal Justice Reform Effort
By collateral consequences; Nicholas Wooldridge on Sep 22, 2016 12:52 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas M. Wooldridge of LV Criminal Defense discusses the need for federal expungement legislature… +read more

Proposition 62 Appeals to the Better Angels of Our Nature
By Stephen Cooper on Sep 20, 2016 02:18 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Cooper discusses Proposition 62… +read more

Brazil’s President Impeached: Could It Happen Here?
By Joseph Marren on Sep 05, 2016 09:05 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph H. Marren discusses the impeachment of Brazil’s President… +read more

Land as the Center of Social and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia
By Henok G. Gabisa on Aug 30, 2016 01:49 am
JURIST Guest Columnist Henok G. Gabisa of the Bekele Gerba et al International Legal Defense Project discusses the motivation behind Olympic marathoner Feyisa Lilesa’s arm-crossed protest at the finish line at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil… +read more

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