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19 Jul 2013

While DOMA has effectively blocked the implementation of same-sex marriage at the federal level, there have been several states that have taken independent legislative and judicial action regarding same-sex marriage. The laws passed at the state level have typically adopted one of two stances towards same-sex marriage: either imposing additional … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that, in order to counter China's attempts to expand its maritime jurisdiction, the US must become a party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea...US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her diplomatic hat handed … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] A special court in Iceland on Monday convicted former prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] on one out of the four criminal charges he faced concerning the collapse [JURIST news archive] of the country's banking system in 2008, announcing that he would not face any punishment. The … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] last week ruled [decision, PDF, in French] that the right of a person in a same-sex partnership to adopt his or her partner's child is not protected by the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]. The case involved a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Italian Supreme Court [official website, in Italian] on Friday recognized same-sex couple's right to have a family life after it denied a same-sex couple's right to have their foreign marriage recognized in the country. The ruling is expected to force the country's government officials to reconsider Italy's ban … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] Former prime minister of Iceland Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] went on trial Monday on charges of negligence relating to the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. The charges stem from the collapse of the country's three major banks in 2008 while Haarde was leader of the country's … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Brazil's High Court of Justice [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday upheld [press release, in Portuguese] the same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] of two women. The court voted 4-1 in favor [AFP report] of recognizing same-sex marriages. The ruling was necessary following a number of disparate rulings by lower … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The trial of former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] began on Monday, on charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. Court convened in the Landsdomur, a special court to try … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Chilean President Sebastian Pinera [official profile, in Spanish] on Tuesday proposed legislation [press release, in Spanish] that would legalize same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The bill, entitled Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja, would extend inheritance and social welfare rights to same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples. Pinera insisted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The European Council [official website] on Friday agreed [meeting report, PDF] to grant Croatia [EC materials] EU membership following six years of accession negotiations. The decision calls for negotiations to close [press release] by the end of the month and the accession treaty to be signed by year's end, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted 293-222 to reject a bill [materials, in French] seeking to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The Union for Popular Movement (UMP) [official website, in French], a conservative political party lead by France's President Nicolas Sarkosy [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The government of Iceland [BBC backgrounder] is letting its general population help shape its new constitution through a number of new media formats, including the Constitutional Council website [in Icelandic], where new parts of the working draft [text, in Icelandic] are put on the site and rewritten to include … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] officially recommended [statement text] Croatia [EC materials] for accession to the European Union (EU) [official website] and announced on Friday that Croatia will become the 28th member of the EU on July 1, 2013. EC President Jose Barroso stated that Croatia has made … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled [opinion, PDF] unaimously Tuesday that a blogger does not have the same privilege to protect her sources as other journalists in traditional media. The court found that a New Jersey "shield law" [NJSA 2A:84A-21–21.8] allowing reporters to protect the confidentiality of their sources … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. Haarde vowed that he would prove his innocence [Reuters report] and claimed … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2010
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Tuesday that Scotland has violated the media's right to report on trials and challenge court orders. The ECHR found the UK and Scotland in violations of articles 10 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2010
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday expanded [judgment, PDF] journalists' rights to protect sources while testifying.The decision, delivered by Justice Louis LeBel, expanded a May Supreme Court ruling that denied journalists the overarching ability to guarantee anonymity [JURIST report] during testimony, instead limiting source disclosure to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Icelandic Parliament [official website, in Icelandic] on Tuesday voted [materials, in Icelandic] 33-30 to refer charges against former prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] to the Landsdomur, a special court created to try government ministers. Haarde is the first world leader charged [AP report] in relation … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] An Icelandic parliamentary commission on Saturday recommended that the country's former prime minister and three other former governmental ministers be tried for negligence for their roles in the country's 2008 financial crisis. The nine-member Special Investigation Committee (SIC) published a 274-page report [text, in Icelandic; press release, in Icelandic] … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The lower house of the Tasmanian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Relationships Act of 2003 [text], recognizing same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] and civil unions registered in foreign countries and other Australian states. The amendment was aimed at ending discrimination against same-sex couples … [read more]

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