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Legal News
17 hours ago
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]


Legal News
21 hours ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] said [press briefing, text] Monday that the US and Turkey have agreed to establish a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS) [JURIST backgrounder] by. The State Department's spokesperson, John Kirby, answered questions saying that the US will continue to … [read more]


Legal News
22 hours ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday released [statement, text] released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) [report, PDF]. The report upgraded Malaysia and Cuba from the "Tier 3 Watch List" [2014 TIP, PDF], as countries not making significant effort to comply with the minimum standards, to … [read more]


Legal News
23 hours ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) [official websites] released a statement [text] Monday indicating that Cyprus has made significant strides toward economic recovery, and must continue to make reforms in order to achieve full recovery. Following a meeting to review progress on Cyprus' March 2013 … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Monday said [AI report] the discovery of 129 bodies in the southern state of Guerrero "confirms what we had already found: the sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking." The 129 bodies were … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx [official profile] on Friday announced [press release] that the government has opened an investigation into five airlines that allegedly raised fares in Northeastern markets after the Amtrak accident [BBC report] in May. The US Department of Transportation [official website] sent letters to Delta, … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] on Saturday loosened its travel advisory for Iran [text; press release], lifting the "essential travel only" status for most of the country. It still advises against all travel to areas along the border of Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflict areas. The advisory … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [official website; BBC profile] was elected to a third term on Friday, leading to public protest and international criticism. Although the election resulted [AP report] in Nkurunziza receiving 69 percent of the vote, the Constitution of Burundi [text, PDF] states that presidents shall be universally elected … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Saturday urged [press release] those involved on all sides of the South Sudan conflict to end their fighting and make peace in the interest of protecting innocent civilians. Stephen O'Brien's statements came at the end of a four day trip to … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by William Helbling

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Wednesday suspended the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes.The suspension of the trial is reportedly [AFP report] due to the need for court appointed attorneys to prepare Habré's … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 days ago
by Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Manoj Mate of Whittier Law School discusses the National Judicial Appointments Council...Over the past months, the political whirlwinds surrounding efforts by Narendra Modi's BJP government to change India's judicial appointments system have given way to a storm of constitutional contestation. Since 1993, India's top judges, including the … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Maldives Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 78-2 in favor of impeaching Vice President Mohamed Jameel accusing him of neglecting his duties. Jameel had been deputy to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official website] since their election victory in 2013. At the center of this impeachment [Sun Online report] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US on Monday completed the re-opening [press release, PDF] of diplomatic ties with Cuba by converting the standing US Interests Section into the US Embassy Havana [official website]. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba was first announced [JURIST report] by President Barack Obama [official … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

The Extraordinary African Chambers [official website] in Senegal on Monday began the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré [BBC profile] on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. Habré, who ruled Chad from 1982-1990, denies the charges calling the proceedings a "farce" [BBC report]. But human rights … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The UN Security Council [official website] on Monday unanimously approved [Resolution 2331, PDF; press release] a nuclear agreement [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), text] with Iran, lifting some economic sanctions in exchange for the country reducing its nuclear program and allowing International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] inspections. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday commended [press release] President Edgar Lungu for commuting the death sentences of 332 men to life imprisonment, calling it "a laudable first step and a 'triumph' for the right to life." AI is now calling on President Lungu to completely abolish the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The German parliament on Friday voted to move forward with negotiations for a Greek bailout. Urged by Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website] to support the bailout, 439 legislators voted in favor [NYT report] of the negotiations with 119 voting against and 40 abstaining. While some doubted [The Local report] … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday asked [press release] for the court's prosecutor to review her decision not to investigate the 2010 Israeli raid of a flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip. Review of the decision [AP report] was requested by the Union of Comoros. … [read more]

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