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Legal News
8 May 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Germany's constitutional court [official website, in German] Saturday refused [judgment, in German; press release, in German] to issue a temporary injunction against the German government's €22.4 billion ($28.5 billion) contribution [WSJ report] to a bailout package for Greece, which has lately been gripped by a critical debt crisis [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday urged [statement] Central African nations to adopt a legally binding instrument to combat illicit arms trafficking. Ban noted that there is a strong correlation [UN News Centre report] between arms trafficking and illicit activities, "[y]et Central Africa remains one of the … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] A German federal court [official website, in German] on Friday ruled that the government has no legal basis [press release, in German] for keeping files on top Nazi [JURIST news archive] official Adolf Eichmann secret, ordering their release. Argentinian journalist Gabriele Weber filed suit in order to get the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court [official website] on Thursday convicted [press release] Radomir Vukovic and Zoran Tomic for their alleged roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archives]. The accused were found guilty of genocide under Article 171 paragraph a) … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [official profile; JURIST news archive] announced Wednesday that he is prepared to negotiate with protesters once they cease their illegal conduct. Government spokesperson Panitan Wattanyagorn stated that the prime minister is willing to speak with protesters [BBC report] regarding an election and amending the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Pakistan's Senate [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would curtail the powers of the president. The 18th Amendment Bill would reverse the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] by transferring presidential powers to the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] A Chinese Intermediate People's Court in Chongqing on Wednesday sentenced [Xinhua report] former deputy police chief and high-ranking judicial official Wen Qiang to death. Wen was convicted of accepting bribes, protecting criminal gangs, rape, and being unable to justify his large amount of personal assets. The court's verdict stated … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Pakistan's National Assembly [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would curtail the powers of the president. The 18th Amendment Bill would reverse the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] by transferring presidential powers to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Swedish Police [official website] on Wednesday arrested [press release, in Swedish] a Kosovo war crimes suspect. The suspect is accused of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the small village of Cuska in May 1999. A Swedish police spokesperson did not … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said Thursday that Kenya will no longer accept Somalian pirate cases [JURIST news archive] to be tried in its courts. Wetangula stated that the large number of Somalian pirate cases referred to Kenya has overburdened [KBC report] the country's judicial system and noted that … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website] Yvo de Boer said Wednesday that it is unlikely a new climate change treaty will be concluded until 2011. After the Copenhagen summit (COP15) in December failed to produce [JURIST report] a binding agreement, de Boer … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for a renewed international commitment to eradicate all forms of slavery [statement text]. Ban's comments took place on the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade [press release], which is held annually pursuant to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday approved a bill [text, DOC, in Russian; bill history, in Russian] to ban pre-trial detention for suspects accused of economic crimes. The legislation would allow those charged with financial crimes to be bailed out of jail [RIA Novosti report] … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The Hebei Province People's High Court in northern China on Wednesday upheld [China Daily report] a life sentence for former vice president of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official website, in Chinese] Huang Songyou. Huang was convicted [JURIST report] in January of bribery and embezzlement, and sentenced to life … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] Cuban authorities to "revoke laws that restrict freedom of expression, assembly and association and to release all dissidents unfairly detained by the authorities." AI called on President Raul Castro [BBC profile] to invite UN experts and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Myanmar's military junta on Tuesday unveiled [NLM report] the first of five laws that will set the stage for the country's first election in 20 years. The Union Election Commission Law, the first of the five laws enacted [Al Jazeera report] Monday to be published in state-run newspapers, states … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) [official profile] signed a bill [press release] into law on Monday that would allow a woman to be charged with criminal homicide if she arranges for an illegal abortion. Bill HB 462 [text, PDF] defines abortion and states that "[t]he killing or attempted killing … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Oklahoma [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that a state law [SB 1878, DOC] imposing broad restrictions on abortion violates the state constitution. The law required women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure and contained sections on requirements … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld [Kaleme report, in Persian] the death sentence for a 20-year-old student who took part in anti-government protests in December. Mohammad Amin Valian was convicted [AFP report] of Moharebeh, which means waging war against God and is punishable by death under Iranian law. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler [official website] said Wednesday that the state of Maryland and its agencies should recognize [opinion, PDF] same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed lawfully in other states. Gansler's opinion, issued in response to a legislator's request for clarification of Maryland law, said that the state's … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] (CIA) [official website] briefed lawmakers [press release] between 2001 and 2007 on the specifics of enhanced interrogation techniques, according to declassified documents [text, PDF] made public by Judicial Watch [advocacy website] on Tuesday. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] arrived in Guinea Wednesday for a three-day investigation into the killing of more than 150 civilians in Conakry [BBC backgrounder] in September. During her investigation, Bensouda will determine whether the ICC has jurisdiction to try those responsible … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The UN announced [press release] on Tuesday that the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) [text; official website] will enter into force on August 1 after being ratified by 30 countries. Burkina Faso and Moldova both submitted their instruments of ratification [UN News Centre report] Tuesday, becoming the 29th and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] A judge from the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website] sentenced former HealthSouth [corporate website; JURIST news archive] executive Ken Livesay to five months in prison on Tuesday for his involvement in the company's accounting fraud. Judge Karon Bowdre sentenced [NBC report] Livesay for … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [official website] on Thursday criticized [press release] Sri Lanka's plans to court-martial defeated opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile]. The Sri Lankan Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) announced [press release] Monday that Fonseka was arrested [JURIST report] "in … [read more]

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