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Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto traveled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official site] in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, in advance of his trial for crimes against humanity, which is set to begin on Tuesday. Ruto is on trial for three counts of crimes against humanity that led … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] on Monday stressed the need for both Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to cooperate in resolving outstanding issues regarding their nuclear activities. In his statement [text], the Director-General of the agency expressed concern … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Thursday indicted fundamentalist leader Mir Quasem Ali, on charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war. Ali, a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] central executive committee, was indicted on 14 charges [FE report], … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Kenya's Parliament [official website] on Thursday approved a motion [materials] to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The move is in response to the upcoming trials [ICC backgrounder] of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, who are accused of crimes against humanity and inciting violence … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ghana [official website] on Thursday upheld [press release] the disputed election of President John Mahama [campaign website] last year. Mahama won the election with 50.7 of the vote, getting 300,000 more votes than the opposition. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) [party website], had challenged … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Thursday announced the transfer [press release] of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees to their home country of Algeria. The two men, Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab [Guardian report], are the first to be released from the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A UN spokesperson said Monday that the UN plans to contact the US government about reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] hacked UN internal communications. The UN said that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference, spying and eavesdropping. The German magazine … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a defendant's request for a lawyer may not be used as evidence of guilt. Tayfun Okatan was convicted on three counts relating to illegally bringing a German citizen into the US. When detained … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Russia's constitutional order is being threatened by the current government practices, according to an open letter [text, in Russian] signed by more than 50 of Russia's leading legal experts on Tuesday. The letter accuses the government [CSM report] of systematic rights abuses and efforts to silence political opponents and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-5 Monday that an ordinance barring undocumented workers from renting property within the city of Farmers Branch, Texas [official website], is unconstitutional. The ordinance requires that prospective renters provide proof of their immigration status, and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire [official website] sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi to 10 years in prison for her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Judge Steven McAuliffe imposed the maximum sentence [AP report] for her crimes. Munyenyezi was convicted in February of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official site] just before a midnight deadline on Monday, challenging Blagojevich's conviction and sentencing. Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Monday convicted three Somali men of hijacking a boat and killing four Americans in 2011 off the coast of Somalia. The defendants, Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A lawsuit between Apple and Amazon [corporate websites] concerning the rights to use the term "app store" was dismissed Tuesday at the request of both companies. The decision to end the case leaves the path open for both companies to use the name freely, and was reached after Apple … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Ireland's Parliament voted 138-24 on Tuesday to pass the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill [text], which would more liberally legalize abortions in cases of medical emergencies. Ireland currently has abortion laws which are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church, to which two-thirds of the country's population belongs, and … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday, granted early release [opinion] to Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY materials, JURIST news archive], the former head of the Bosnian Serb parliament who was convicted in 2006 [case text] of the persecution, deportation and forcible transfer of civilians … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Bolivian ambassador to the UN, Sacha Llorenti, claimed on Wednesday that it was an act of aggression for European countries to deny the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales [BBC profile], the right to fly through their airspace. Llorenti alleged that international law had been violated by those countries, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced human rights activist Abdulkarim al-Khader to eight years in prison for sedition. Abdulkarim al-Khader was one of the founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) [advocacy website in Arabic], which aimed to increase awareness of civil rights in the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Monday ordered Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan to be tried in absentia for the murders of 19 intellectuals and 11 crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 independence war. Khan is a US citizen, and Mueee-Uddin is a British Muslim … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed [order, PDF; press release] the confirmation of charges hearing for Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] in order to give prosecutors more time to prepare their case. The hearing, which was scheduled to begin on September 26, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday accused Libyan officials [text, PDF] of defying the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] by announcing that Saif al-Islam's trial would begin in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 Monday in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that Arizona's law requiring that proof of citizenship be provided in order to register to vote is preempted by federal law. The court found that Proposition 200 [text] is preempted … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Nebraska [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Monday against Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles [official websites] challenging the governor's decision to deny driver's licenses to young people who have been legally authorized … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The White House [official website] on Tuesday announced a set of executive actions [press release] aimed at cracking down on abusive patent infringement lawsuits. These steps are aimed at people or firms, often referred to as "patent trolls," who collect patents for the sole purpose of pursuing litigation against … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] A group of independent UN experts on Tuesday urged the government of El Salvador to reconsider its strict abortion ban [press release] in light of a recent ruling by its Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] The decision denied a 22-year-old woman, Beatriz, the right to an abortion. Beatriz's … [read more]

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