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5 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] on Tuesday announced [Twitter post] they have submitted a revised bid claiming over 350 nautical miles of Arctic sea shelf to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) [official website]. The country's previous bids in 2001 were rejected … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A federal judge in Alaska ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Greenpeace USA will be fined $2,500 for every hour that protesters block a Royal Dutch Shell vessel from leaving Portland. The protesters [press release] have been suspending themselves from a bridge and kayakers have been blocking the river to try … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to pay damages in the amount of €16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day [official website] calling on the international community to "commit to keep [the oceans] healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The environmental advocacy organization Greenpeace International [advocacy website] on Monday filed a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on behalf of the Arctic 30 [Greenpeace backgrounder], a group of Greenpeace activists who spent two months in a Russian jail following a peaceful protest … [read more]

11 Mar 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study [PDF] published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Greenpeace International [advocacy website] announced on Tuesday that Russian authorities dropped criminal charges against the first of 30 people accused of taking part in a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic. The 30 jailed activists were accused of hooliganism after they staged a protest on an Arctic oil rig in … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Two members of the feminist rock group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder, JURIST news archive], Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were released from prison on Monday after the Russian government's approval of sweeping new amnesty laws [414081-6, 414076-6, 414060-6, 414142-6 texts, PDF, in Russian]. The laws were approved unanimously by … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] US prosecutors unsealed on Thursday charges [complaint, press release] it has filed against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members for allegedly conspiring to commit health care fraud [18 USC § 1347]. The complaint, which was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]

Legal News
28 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Russian court on Thursday granted bail to Australian Colin Russell, one of the 30 Greenpeace International [advocacy website] crew members detained since their September protest against Arctic oil drilling. Greenpeace says Russell will be released [RFP report] from prison as soon as the court accepts the organization's two-million-ruble … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) [official website] on Friday ordered the release [press release, PDF] of the Greenpeace International [advocacy website] ship Arctic Sunrise as well as the release of the 28 activists and two freelance journalists who were arrested on board the ship, … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday released on bail the captain of a Greenpeace International [advocacy website] ship, one of the last activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism [AP report] in St. Petersburg. Captain Peter Willcox was granted bail two months after he was arrested for his involvement in … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International [advocacy website] activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism [AP report]. The activists, who may be released on bail [ABC report], are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Russian court on Monday refused to release one of 30 activists [profiles] for Greenpeace International [advocacy website] who were detained in September while trying to board an oil rig. Russian authorities arrested the Greenpeace activists in September for attempting to scale an oil platform owned by a Russian … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Dutch government on Monday asked [request, PDF] the UN-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) [official website] to order Russia to return a ship used by Greenpeace International [advocacy website] and the activists who were arrested on board the ship [activist profiles]. The ship had … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Netherlands filed a complaint against Russia on Friday in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [official website] alleging that the country has unlawfully detained Greenpeace [advocacy website] activists it apprehended from a Dutch-registered ship. Specifically, the Netherlands have challenged [Al Jazeera report] the manner in … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Russia, pursuant to its attempt to crack down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within its borders, on Wednesday raided the Moscow headquarters of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Transparency International [advocacy websites]. The most recent seizure [Guardian report] came two days after the government raided [NYT report] the local office … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Russia's new NGO law [materials, in Russian] went into effect on Tuesday, and activists have vowed to challenge it. The law requires Russian NGOs financed from abroad and involved in political activity to be registered as foreign agents [RAPSI report]. Some activists are already in the process of appealing … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Executive Director of Greenpeace International [advocacy website], Kumi Naidoo, on Tuesday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] to refrain from implementing a new law [materials, in Russian] that labels rights groups that receive overseas funding as "foreign agents," a term often associated … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A coalition of environmental protection organizations sued the US Department of the Interior [official website], Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [official profile] and other officials on Tuesday in an effort to block offshore oil drilling by Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The lawsuit [complaint, … [read more]

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