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Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] 14-2 Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear the case between Bolivia and Chile regarding land-locked Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia argued to the ICJ that Chile failed in its obligation to negotiate in good faith … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Tuesday proposed [press release] new rules to cut methane emissions by the oil and gas industry, as part of the Obama Administration's commitment to taking action on climate change. The new measures will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met Tuesday and announced an agreement [text] to address climate change. Both countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of wind and solar power sources to 20 percent of each nation's electricity production by 2030. Brazil also pledged … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 286-138 [roll call] to approve a trade law that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs to international trade and renews President Barack Obama's authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of the country. It also establishes programs to increase … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The government of Peru on Saturday declared a two-month period of martial law in the southern state of Arequipa where residents are protesting the construction of a copper mine. Being under martial law allows police to enter homes without search warrants, as well as to break up protests and … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss [press release] the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Dec 2014
by Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law
edited by Jenna Decker

JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law discusses the Ninth Circuit's denial of intervention in Peruta v. County of San Diego..."You snooze, you lose." At first blush, this maxim seems to capture the essence of the US District Court for the Ninth Circuit's November 12, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan has urged states attending the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, to commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The twentieth session of the global climate change conference (COP20) … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] denied the motion to intervene [opinion, PDF] on Wednesday in the case of Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego [docket]. In February 2013 the Ninth Circuit held the permit review process established by San Diego County infringed … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Singapore and Indonesia on Wednesday signed a treaty [press release] establishing their territorial boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore. According to Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website], the agreement is a demonstration [Xinhua report] of how the two countries have been able … [read more]

17 Jul 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark

District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the Supreme Court's … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Permanent Court of Arbitration [official website] in The Hague issued a ruling [court documents] Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice [official website] laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership [AP report] to the land … [read more]

Legal News
14 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] a California concealed weapons rule [text], ruling it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The rule required concealed weapons applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], the UN's highest court, issued a ruling [opinion, PDF] establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile [BBC backgrounders] on Monday. The ICJ granted [press release, PDF] Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The presidents of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] and the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] briefed [press release, UN News Centre report] the UN General Assembly [official website] Thursday, providing information on cases decided and currently in deliberation before the courts. ICJ President … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2012
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] began hearings on Monday regarding a longtime border dispute between Chile and Peru [BBC profiles]. Peru first filed its application [press release, PDF; JURIST report] with the ICJ in 2008 alleging that Chile refused to enter into negotiations over the disputed … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled that three Congolese witnesses who testified in an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] case against militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials; JURIST news archive] must be allowed to remain in the Netherlands to seek asylum. The three unnamed witnesses were originally awaiting … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Congress of Peru [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a bill that would reform the country's private pension system. The bill, which will increase the number of workers while lowering the fees for contributors, was passed with a 11-10 vote [Reuters report; text, PDF, in Spanish] with … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A complaint allegedly filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] could reopen a human rights lawsuit against Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Reuters reported [text] Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges wrongdoing by Humala during his service as an army officer in Peru's San Martin province during the … [read more]

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