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Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Fukui District Court in Japan lifted an injunction on Thursday against allowing two nuclear reactors to reopen. Japan ordered closed all of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Disaster in 2011. A group of residents filed an injunction to keep the nuclear reactors closed [JURIST report] in Takahama … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Fukui District Court issued an injunction on Tuesday halting the restart of two nuclear reactors is Takahama, Japan. These reactors, operated by Kansai Electric Power [official website], met the basic safety guidelines set by Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) [official website, in English] and were scheduled to re-open … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The district court in Fukushima, Japan, ruled Tuesday that a woman's family may be compensated for her death after determining that her depression and suicide were caused by the March 2011 nuclear meltdown [IAEA backgrounder] of a nearby power plant. The family of chicken farmers lived in their mortgaged … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Almost two years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder] Japanese officials report that 44 countries still ban or limit food imports from Japan, as thousands of the nation's citizens gathered on Saturday in ongoing anti-nuclear demonstrations around the country. China and South Korea, both major purchasers, are … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Congress of the Philippines [official website] on Wednesday passed a bill [text, PDF] to protect the rights of more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). The bill was praised [press release] by the UN Refugee Agency [official website] on Friday. If the bill is signed into law, … [read more]


Student Commentary
22 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Catherine Jahn, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the eighth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Jahn suggests how the US can improve its current policy on nuclear spent … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Japanese authorities on Wednesday began a criminal investigation into last year's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder]. The Fukushima Prosecutor accepted a criminal complaint filed in June [JURIST report] by more than 1,300 people against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] for causing the catastrophe and for the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of protestors rallied in Tokyo on Monday as Japan moves to restart the country's nuclear reactors that were shut down following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder] last year. The peaceful antinuclear demonstration in Yoyogi park took place on Japan's national holiday, highlighting the nation's … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Japanese expert panel on Thursday issued a report claiming that the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder] was preventable. In the 641-page document the panel claims that the accident was not caused solely by the earthquake [Reuters report] and subsequent tsunami, but the inability of the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] More than 1,300 people filed a criminal complaint on Monday against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] for causing the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant [IAEA backgrounder] and for the plaintiffs' resulting radiation. The complaint named [BBC report] as defendants Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Volha Samasiuk is a LL.M. Candidate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she was formerly a legal consultant for the Belarus Food Safety Improvement Project. She analyzes how the FDA currently protects the public from radiation contaminated food in the wake of the Fukushima … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A group of shareholders in the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] on Monday filed a USD $67 billion lawsuit against TEPCO officials for failing to prevent the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant [IAEA backgrounder]. The group of 42 shareholders have accused [Kyodo News … [read more]


Legal News
12 Feb 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [official website; press release] voted Thursday to issue the first US license for a new nuclear power plant in over 30 years. In a 4-1 vote the NRC approved an application by Southern Company [corporate website] for an issuance of two Combined Construction and … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Sep 2011

Laura Frano, University of Pittsburgh Law School of Law Class of 2012, is a certified legal intern at the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic. She writes on the growing popularity of natural gas as an energy source and the need to proactively implement international law and policy to regulate … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The National Diet of Japan [official database], the nation's bicameral legislature, voted [bill materials, in Japanese] on Wednesday to compensate those adversely affected by the recent Fukushima [IAEA backgrounder] nuclear power plant meltdown. The law will create a fund that could start dispensing money to victims as early as … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [official website] decision to renew the operating license of the nation's oldest nuclear power plant. The court held the NRC did not abuse its discretion in renewing the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Apr 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Tamar Cerafici of the Cerafici Law Firm says that the nuclear crisis in Japan highlights the need for an international response with clear, measured leadership from the United States. That leadership is hollow unless the United States adopts a coherent energy policy paying more than a … [read more]

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