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Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Friday that the Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] can be sued in a Dutch court for their involvement in oil leaks in Nigeria. The ruling [text, in Dutch] stems from a suit brought by four Nigerian farmers that claimed Shell and its … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Dutch Council of State [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday ordered [judgment, in Dutch; press release, in Dutch] more cuts in gas production. The court came to this decision after stronger and more frequent earthquakes occurred in the Netherlands as a result of extraction. The Groningen [BBC backgrounder], the … [read more]

Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) [corporate website] has failed to clean oil-polluted areas of the Niger Delta despite the company's assurances that it has properly handled the oil spills, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Monday. Under Nigerian law, any company that controls an oil pipeline or well … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] With a vote of 14 in favor, the United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday introduced [press release] a resolution to allow the European Union [official website] to inspect and seize vehicles suspected of smuggling migrants. Authorized under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text], the resolution permits … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Sunday released a statement [press release] strongly condemning Saturday's military escalation in Benghazi. In its statement, the mission expressed that developments on the ground in Libya over the last year have "clearly shown that a military solution is not … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday that approximately 8,000 people have been killed in Eastern Ukraine [press release] since April of last year. Much of the killing has been attributed to shelling of residential areas. The report discussed … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Netherlands court ruled on Wednesday that a Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil joint venture must pay homeowners for property damage caused by gas drilling related earthquakes. The Dutch Safety Board [official website] has warned [Reuters report] several times in the past few years that natural gas production … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement [official website] announced [press release] on Monday that it has approved a permit for Royal Dutch Shell [official website] to drill off the coast of Alaska in the Arctic Ocean. Shell was approved because it acquired a piece of equipment designed to … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A federal judge in Alaska ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Greenpeace USA will be fined $2,500 for every hour that protesters block a Royal Dutch Shell vessel from leaving Portland. The protesters [press release] have been suspending themselves from a bridge and kayakers have been blocking the river to try … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Tripoli sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder report], and eight others to death for war crimes dating back to the 2011 revolution. Twenty-three other defendants were handed sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The sentence [Libya … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Warring parties in Libya [JURIST news archive] have signed a preliminary UN-sponsored agreement [text] on Saturday, agreeing to form a unity government and cease fighting. However, one of the main parties, based in Tripoli, refused to sign the deal. Under the Libyan Political Agreement, signed in Skhirat, Morocco, the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine [official website] released its tenth report [press release, PDF] on Monday, documenting the serious human rights abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine. The violations include "shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law discusses the legality of choice of weapons in the Syrian war in the context of International Humanitarian Law ... Amnesty International (AI) recently condemned the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Asad government and … [read more]

Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun [media website] calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Apr 2015
by Milena Serio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afghanistan in 2007. … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] combatants in the current conflict in Yemen to report attacks resulting in civilian casualties so that they can be investigated and international human rights law can be upheld. The High Commissioner expressed … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School
edited by Jenna Decker

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) [official websites] must release photographs [order, PDF] requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] request … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died [press release] in eastern Ukraine since the conflict [JURIST backgrounder] began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the … [read more]

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