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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
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
18 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website], the EU's executive body, on Wednesday released [press release] a package of proposed legislation aimed at combating tax deals between individual EU member states and multinational companies. Included in the "Tax Transparency Package" is legislation requiring member states to automatically exchange information regarding their … [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
9 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The London High Court [official website] on Friday rejected a request for an injunction by Iran's main oil tanker firm, NITC [corporate website], which the company had sought to block the re-imposition of sanctions by the EU. High Court Judge Nicholas Green gave his reasoning for rejecting [Reuters report] … [read more]


Professional Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Angelique Devaux of French Qualified Attorney

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux, French Qualified Attorney, discusses the newest occurrences of succession in Europe ...It is just the beginning of 2015, and it is accompanied by a number of new reforms, new laws and new regulations that shall be implemented along with the New Year. 2015 shall be … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted and sentenced eight men to three years in prison following their participation in an alleged same-sex wedding party. The men denied the charges. The men were referred to trial [JURIST report] for "inciting debauchery" after appearing in a video [video] of what is … [read more]


Legal News
22 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Eight men in Egypt were referred to trial Monday for inciting debauchery after appearing in a video [video] of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men were arrested [JURIST report] for the video earlier this month after it went viral on the Internet. Although … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of seven men who appeared in a video [video] of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men have been accused of inciting debauchery and spreading a video that violates public morals. In a statement the prosecutor's … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Chambre des Deputes [official website, in French], Luxembourg's national legislative body, approved a bill [press release, in French] on Wednesday extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of 54 in favor, four against. Openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Jun 2014
by Angelique Devaux of Indiana University

JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux discusses the harmonization of law in the European Union and the Franco-German Agreement of Common Optional Matrimonial Property Regime... In a time when Europe is experiencing economic crisis for several years and developed an identity crisis marked by the boost of Eurosceptics at the recent … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Bavarian justice minister [official website] Winfried Bausback [official profile, in German] presented a bill on Friday to the German Parliament [official website, in German] that would lift the statute of limitations for certain cases involving stolen property. The law would help [NYT report] Jewish families seeking the return … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a state law criminalizing speech that "advises" and "encourages" another's suicide is unconstitutional. In the suit filed against the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network [advocacy website] after they were charged with the 2007 suicide of a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a law against euthanasia. Tony Nicholson, now deceased, was the victim of a paralyzing stroke. Paul Lamb was severely paralyzed after a car accident. Both men challenged the UK's definition of murder, seeking medical assistance in committing suicide. In 2012 a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The government of the Canadian province of Quebec [official website] introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon [official profile] introduced the bill before the National Assembly [official website]. The proposed law [Bill 52, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation [text, PDF; bill summary, PDF] Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, press release, PDF] Tuesday that Swiss law does not provide sufficient guidelines on the extent of the right to die, in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF]. Article 8 protects an individual's … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ireland [official website] on Monday rejected an appeal [judgement] by a paralyzed woman seeking to allow her partner to help her commit suicide. The appellant, Marie Fleming, suffers from end stage multiple sclerosis, a disease of the nervous system, and as a result is paralyzed. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF, in French] released Tuesday by the French government has recommended that the country permit doctors to "accelerate death" for terminally ill patients seeking doctor-assisted euthanasia. The report will be sent to the National Order of Physicians [official website, in French], France's national council on medical … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The German Finance Ministry [official website, in German] on Thursday gave final approval to amendments to the Luxembourg Agreement [text, PDF, in German] that will increase compensation to surviving victims [press release, in German] of the Nazi regime. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble signed the amended agreement at a … [read more]

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