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Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [materials] containing evidence that many Colombian army generals and colonels knew about or should have known about extrajudicial killings of civilians between 2002 and 2008. According to the group, prosecutors are investigating a total of 3,000 cases involving … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Michigan governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday signed into law a bill [materials] that allows private adoption agencies to deny placements they object to for religious reasons, including placements with same-sex couples. Snyder said the law reflects existing practices [press release] by the state and that his objective is … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The UN torture prevention body on Wednesday urged the Philippines to tackle urgent prison overcrowding [press release] issues and improve independent monitoring of detention facilities. During a visit by the six-member delegation, the Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] presented its confidential preliminary observations to the Filipino … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Colombia's Congress voted on Wednesday to limit presidents to a single term, a measure backed by President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish]. The presidential term limit undoes a law passed by Santos' predecessor and rival, Alvaro Uribe, and reverts to the term limits that were in place … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner filed an … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list] in a case in which relatives of guerrilla conflict victims in Colombia sought to sue Chiquita Brand International [corporate website] for human rights abuses. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] announced [press release] that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record [HRW report]. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 [text, PDF] and introduced by Representative Chris … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Colombian government on Tuesday modified proposed legislation that would have allowed an expansion of the military courts' jurisdiction and power. President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] introduced Senate Bill 85 of 2013 to strengthen the military justice system after Colombia's "false positive" scandal, where army officers … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Florida Senate [official website] voted [vote, PDF] Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption [text, CS/HB 7013]. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed [vote, PDF] the Florida House of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [JURIST news archive] announced on Saturday that they have agreed to help one another in removing landmines from rural areas of the country. The announcement came as a sign of progress, as the two sides have been engaging in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] chief Irina Bokova [official website] on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, stated, "[p]ress freedom is … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

The Spanish government has requested that the US use diplomatic discussions with Cuba regarding the country's removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism [State Dept. list] blacklist to seek the extradition of two members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] residing in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals [official website] on Friday ruled [decision, PDF] that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of a biological mother's same-sex partner. The plaintiff was the biological mother of three children appealing a court order that granted visitation rights to her former same-sex partner. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday upheld a restriction that same-sex couples cannot adopt children that have no biological relation to either parent. While the official text of the decision [BBC report] has not yet been released, the court did release a statement on … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Feb 2015
by Brittney Millay of New England Law | Boston

JURIST Guest Columnist Brittney Millay, New England Law | Boston, Class of 2016, discusses how recent developments in the southern US could affect same-sex couples...After a long and drawn out battle, a state judge in Miami-Dade County lifted a temporary ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first county in … [read more]


Features
17 Jan 2015

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released a report [press release] detailing its concern that people hoping to gain their land back under the Victims Land and Restitution Law [Law 1448, text, in Spanish] in Colombia may face problems ranging from bureaucracy to intimidation, causing them to fail … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia [corporate website, in Spanish], previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million … [read more]

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