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Legal News
20 Aug 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning [official website] on Wednesday issued an advisory opinion [text, PDF] drawing marked parallels between the state's campaign finance laws and portions of similar Arizona regulations that were recently overturned [JURIST report] by the US Supreme Court [official website]. Under Nebraska law, candidates for certain … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a provision in North Carolina's budget that denies state and federal funding to Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] for family planning and teen sex education services. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Mexico's National Human Rights Commission [official website, in Spanish] on Friday released a report [text, PDF, in Spanish] contending that military and law enforcement officials routinely conduct illegal searches in their efforts to combat the country's narcotics trade. The report describes a "systematic pattern" of coercive, threatening and physically … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Chinese authorities in Beijing on Friday began the trial against Wang Lihong, one of the dozens of human rights activists the government detained earlier this year as part of a crackdown on dissidents in the country. Wang is charged with one count of creating a disturbance [AFP report] for … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday appeared before the Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] to begin the appeal of his conviction and seven-year sentence for rape and sexual assault [JURIST reports]. The proceedings, which are being held in open court, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Two UN rights officials on Friday expressed concern [press release, PDF] over reports of violence used by Syrian authorities against the country's own people. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide Francis Deng [official profile, PDF] and Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect Edward Luck … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday ordered [text, PDF] that "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], the controversial policy barring openly gay individuals from serving in the military, will remain partially in effect during the 60 … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] suspending the imposition of contribution limits in Washington state recall campaigns. Judge Robert Bryan ruled that, given the diminished potential for quid pro quo arrangements … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Saturday ordered Fininvest [corporate website], a holding company owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive], to pay 560 million euros (USD 801 million) in damages and fees to Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) Group [corporate website]. The ruling [ANSA … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Tunisia on Friday acceded [press release] to the Rome Statute [text] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], which is now set to become effective in the country on September 1, 2011. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton [official profile] commended the move, noting the positive effects that ratification … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The European Council [official website] on Friday agreed [meeting report, PDF] to grant Croatia [EC materials] EU membership following six years of accession negotiations. The decision calls for negotiations to close [press release] by the end of the month and the accession treaty to be signed by year's end, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou [official website] on Sunday, while delivering opening remarks to a three-day session of the Greek Parliament [official website, in Greek], proposed undertaking a constitutional referendum. Papandreou suggested a fall referendum [AP report], arguing its necessity in order to eliminate the systemic governmental inefficiency and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The lawyer representing former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday denied the numerous charges facing his client, which range from murder and conspiracy to drug use. Ben Ali's trial in absentia before civilian and military courts is set to begin on … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Christof Heyns [official website] on Monday urged the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to conduct further investigations into possible Sri Lankan war crimes after reconfirming the legitimacy of a video of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] members being … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Milos Saljic, the lawyer representing Ratko Mladic [JURIST news archive], announced on Monday that he has appealed last week's finding that his client is medically fit for extradition [JURIST report]. Serbian authorities must postpone Mladic's extradition [AP report] until the court reviews the appeal, which formally requests that independent … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The Florida House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 77-38 to pass controversial legislation [HB 1355 materials] revising the state's election laws, only hours after the Senate [official website] did so by a 25-13 margin. The bill limits the window for early voting to one week prior to … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously to allow claims against tobacco companies for smoking-related ailments that arise after the statute of limitations for an earlier condition has elapsed. Though state law requires that parties file suit within two years of discovering … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in AT&T v. Concepcion [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [text], which provides for judicial facilitation of private dispute resolution through arbitration when the transaction involves interstate commerce, preempts … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A study [text] released Tuesday by PLoS Medicine [journal website] asserts that US military medical personnel responsible for treating Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees consciously disregarded evidence of physical and psychological torture. The report's authors, including a retired US Army general, reviewed the medical records and case files … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF] the nation's Digital Economy Act (DEA) [text and materials], aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. Justice Kenneth Parker dismissed four of the five challenges [claim, PDF] brought in July by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A judge for Ontario's Superior Court of Justice [official website] ruled Wednesday that the country's marijuana laws are unconstitutional. Justice David Taliano invalidated [Globe & Mail report] the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) [text], finding that the program's mechanisms for licensing patients to access medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Washington Governor Chris Gregoire [official website] on Tuesday signed a bill [materials] recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] as legal domestic partnerships. House Bill 1649 amends current law [AP report] that acknowledges out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions, but excludes same-sex marriage. The Senate [official website] approved the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] on Thursday ordered the formation of a committee that will evaluate possible elimination of the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law. The panel will be composed of legal experts and charged with examining potential legislative measures [AP report] that would simultaneously preserve … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [NYT backgrounder] on Wednesday unveiled an interim constitution that allows the council to retain control over the country until an elected government is installed. The document vests the military council with presidential powers [Al-Ahram report], including the abilities to introduce legislation, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi on Tuesday issued an opinion [text, in French] declaring that a French ban on cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops is illegal. In 2008, France sought to prohibit production within its borders of MON 810, a GM strain of … [read more]

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