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Legal News
4 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Tuesday urged [press release] Portuguese authorities to increase efforts to ensure a wider access to the country's judicial system. Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul said that greater accessibility to legal aid is necessary amid the continued growth of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] ruled [judgment, in French] on Monday that a woman is allowed to adopt the child of her same-sex spouse conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling by the French high court comes following recently enacted laws [JURIST report] regarding … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Maltese Parliament [official website] passed new legislation [legislative materials] on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions [press release, in Maltese], and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepulveda [official profile] urged [press release] Guinea-Bissau authorities on Friday to address the needs of those living in the country in extreme poverty. Sepulveda called on Guinea-Bissau to "move the country's politics away from short-term power struggles," and address "the consistent decline of investment in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev [official website] announced a decree [text, PDF, in Russian] on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution [materials, in Russian] is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights [official website], Farida Shaheed [official profile] announced [press release] Friday that she will launch a new study on how marketing and advertising affect cultural rights. Shaheed plans to focus her study on the challenges that marketing strategies present to cultural … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Cambodian police on Monday released five activists arrested earlier in the day for petitioning the French Embassy to release 23 demonstrators held for opposing the government's labor and political framework. The release was reportedly conditioned upon the demonstrators' collective agreement [AP report] that they would not join in recent … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal [BBC report] by Health Minister Edwin Poots [official profile], finding that it did not meet the criteria. The Northern Ireland High Court [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] struck down an austerity measure Thursday that had given private companies greater latitude to fire employees. The changes to the labor code were adopted last year and allowed [WSJ report] for private companies to fire employees that held positions deemed redundant or … [read more]


Legal News
12 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Legislators in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday rejected a proposal extending amnesty to all military officials involved in the April 12 coup d'etat. With 40 votes in favor, the proposal fell short [AP report] of the 51 votes needed to secure its passage. The country has … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] struck down [decision, in Portuguese] an austerity measure Thursday that would have made it easier for the government to lay off civil servants. The revised law applied [WSJ report] to government employees deemed redundant and that had been unemployed for more than … [read more]


Features
21 Jul 2013

Slavery was a socially accepted and promoted practice in Greek and Roman antiquity and in Eastern empires. The modern practice of human trafficking is another iteration in the history of the international slave trade. An intricate global network connected traders in Africa to merchants in emerging European countries, as well … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 did not contain a provision for reproductive rights, but the United Nations approved the Proclamation of Teheran in 1968 at the World Conference for Human Rights, which defined reproductive rights as human rights. The UN also included full access to reproductive health … [read more]


Features
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]


Features
19 Jul 2013

Slavery was a socially accepted and promoted practice in Greek and Roman antiquity and in Eastern empires. The modern practice of human trafficking is another iteration in the history of the international slave trade. An intricate global network connected traders in Africa to merchants in emerging European countries, as well … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Bolivian ambassador to the UN, Sacha Llorenti, claimed on Wednesday that it was an act of aggression for European countries to deny the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales [BBC profile], the right to fly through their airspace. Llorenti alleged that international law had been violated by those countries, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma [official website, in Russian], on Friday unanimously approved a ban on the adoption of orphans by foreign same-sex couples and single foreign nationals who reside in countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The bill will need approval from the upper house and … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Portugal's Parliament [official website] voted Friday to approve a law allowing same-sex married couples to adopt their partners' children. The Parliament also voted on Friday to reject the Left Bloc and Green Party's [official websites, Portuguese] proposal to grant gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] A human rights mechanism took effect Sunday that will allow a UN committee to review complaints from people or groups who have exhausted every option for justice in their own country regarding economic, social and cultural rights violations. The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and … [read more]

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