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Legal News
13 Mar 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday confirmed David Ogden [professional profile; Senate materials] as the new Deputy Attorney General by a vote of 65-28 [roll call]. In debate Wednesday, Republicans opposed to the nomination focused on Ogden's actions while serving in the private sector, where he defended groups … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Kenya [press release, PDF] to transfer suspected pirates [JURIST news archive] captured by EU counter-pirate operations into Kenyan custody for prosecution. The agreement contains provisions for the nine Somali pirates captured by German … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] A court under the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website, JURIST news archive] reached its first verdict [EULEX report] Tuesday, sentencing Kosovo Albanian Gani Gashi to 17 years in jail for murder, attempted murder, and grievous bodily harm. A three-judge panel, composed of two EULEX … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Tuesday ruled [decision, in German; press release] that the use of electronic voting machines in elections is unconstitutional. The ruling comes after a challenge to the use of the machines in the 2005 Bundestag election. Plaintiffs had argued … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced former priest Emmanuel Rukundo [case materials] to 25 years imprisonment Friday after convicting [press release] him of genocide, crimes against humanity, and sexual assault. Rukundo, who was a military chaplain and captain in the Rwandan Armed Forces, was found … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] prosecutor Stephen Rapp [official profile] has told Reuters that lack of court funds due to the global economic downturn may require the release of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The SCSL has charged … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Under the leadership of successive Labour Party governments the UK Parliament [official website] has systematically infringed on freedoms and rights of individual British citizens over the past decade, according to a report [text; PDF] released Thursday by the Convention of Modern Liberty [advocacy website]. The report, compiled by the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The Judiciary of Iran [official website, in Persian] announced Tuesday that it has submitted proposed legislation to the Iranian Parliament [official website] recommending substantial changes to the treatment of juvenile offenders in Iran [JURIST news archive]. The legislation seeks to amend [IranVNC report] the classification of minors into three … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] approved a bill [text, in French] Tuesday to provide government subsidies to individuals who temporarily leave work to care for dying relatives. The proposed law states that family members will be paid a "daily allowance to accompany a dying person" for … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official bio] on Thursday called on [press release] the new national government of Zimbabwe [JURIST archive] to reinstate the rule of law and to release all political prisoners who remain in custody illegally. Pillay's statements condemned the gross human rights violations … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The backlog of cases pending in the Delhi High Court [official website] would take more than 460 years to clear, according to the court's annual report [materials]. Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah [official profile] released the report at a press conference Tuesday. According to the report, the Delhi High … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday dismissed a corruption lawsuit against Hutomo Mandala Putra [BBC profile], son of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The suit against Putra, also known as "Tommy Suharto," had been brought by the state and alleged [Jakarta Post report] that … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Many UN member states are failing to hold other countries accountable for human rights violations [press release], according to a UN Watch [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Friday. The report, entitled "Mutual Praise Society," focused on meetings of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] and tracked … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Convening authority of military commissions Susan Crawford [official profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that the Pentagon has formally dropped charges [text, PDF] against suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahimal al-Nashiri [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. Crawford's order ends the last active military commission trial, complying with President … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The court martial for seven Polish soldiers accused of killing six civilians in Afghanistan began Tuesday in Poland. The solders are being prosecuted [Gazeta report, in Polish] for violating provisions of Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to soldiers. Prosecutor Jakub … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The Manhattan Surrogate Court [official website] has ruled [text, PDF] that the surviving partner of a same-sex marriage [JURIST archive] performed in Canada is entitled to inherit the estate of a deceased spouse. The decision issued late last week leaves all of H. Kenneth Ranftle's estate to his surviving spouse, … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Former US detainee and Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that he was shocked and saddened to learn that US government officials had testified at the US military commission trial [JURIST report] of fellow Canadian citizen Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] that … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday began the war crimes trial [press release] of former Serbian general Vlastimir Djordjevic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; case materials]. Djordjevic was arrested [JURIST report] in 2007 and formally indicted [indictment, PDF] in July 2008 for his participation in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugolavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday charged [text, PDF; press release] Volislav Seselj [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] with contempt of court after it was alleged that Seselj authored a book revealing pertinent information about several key witnesses. The … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Proposed amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials, in Russian] extending term limits for the president and members of parliament officially took effect Wednesday when the text of the updated constitution [text, in Russian] was published in the state newspaper Rossiikaya Gazeata [official website, in Russian]. Under Russian law, constitutional … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Lawyers for the families of 213 Chinese children sickened or killed by melamine-contaminated milk [JURIST news archive] petitioned the Supreme People's Court [official website, in Mandarin], China's highest court, to hear a class action lawsuit against 22 dairy companies involved in the contamination. The petition, mailed last Friday, seeks more … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] Outgoing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] director Michael Hayden [official profile] during a Thursday press conference defended the controversial interrogation techniques used to gather information in the "war on terror." Hayden strongly defended [AP report] the CIA-termed "enhanced interrogation techniques," including waterboarding [JURIST archive], a practice Hayden banned … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The convening authority of military commissions Susan Crawford [official profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] has said that torture tactics were used [article text] in the interrogation of Mohammed al-Qahtani [JURIST news archive], a suspect held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] under allegations of connections to the 9/11 attacks, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] on Wednesday announced that Sgt. John Hatley will be court-martialed for his alleged role in the killings of four Iraqi citizens [NYT report] in April 2007. Hatley, along with soldiers Sgt. Michael Leahy, Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class John Mayo, was charged [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2009
by Kayleigh Shebs

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] Tuesday ruled [opinion; PDF] that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] had overstepped its interpretive authority by classifying certain pesticides as exempt from a permitting process allowing for their discharge into water. Eleven environmental and industry interest … [read more]

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