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Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Wednesday restricted [press release, PDF] bans on blood donations from homosexual men. Since 1983, France automatically and permanently banned blood donations from all men who had ever had sex with another man, calling it a measure of safety against spreading … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai [official profile] on Wednesday welcomed [UN News Centre report] a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament [official website] designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws [Guardian report], expanded police power … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation [Bill 15, PDF] against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to protect … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] An Israeli Rabbinical Court [official website] has ordered a woman to circumcise her son against her will or face daily fines. The ruling was issued [Telegraph report] by a three-rabbi panel after the boy's parents filed for divorce, and the father insisted on circumcision and the mother opposed. The … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Sweden's Ombudsman for Children [official website] Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision [Dagens Nyheter op-ed, in Swedish] on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [text]. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising … [read more]

Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Australian state of Tasmania moved closer to passing a ban on circumcision [NIH backgrounder] after the Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) [official website] issued a report [text, PDF] on Tuesday recommending that the state ban circumcision except for well-established religious and ethnic reasons. In the report, the TLRI … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Australian Labor Party [party website] Saturday officially amended its platform to support same-sex marriage. The ruling party's decision to support same-sex marriage [BBC report] followed emotional debate and speeches from both sides of the issue at its national conference in Sydney, where 400 delegates voted to amend the … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2011
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Queensland Parliament [official website] passed legislation [text, PDF] on Wednesday to legally recognize civil unions between same-sex couples. Queensland [official website] has joined its fellow Australian states of Tasmania, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [JURIST reports] in recognizing same-sex unions. The bill passed [transcript, PDF] with … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The UK Department of Health (DH) [official website] announced Thursday that it will lift the lifetime ban on blood donations [press release] from men who have had sex with other men. Britain introduced the lifetime ban in the 1980s in an effort to quell the proliferation of HIV and … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] An Ontario Superior Court [official website] judge ruled Thursday that the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is justified in prohibiting sexually active gay males from donating blood. In 2002, Kyle Freeman falsely denied having had sex with other men and subsequently donated blood that tested positive for syphilis. CBS initiated … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The lower house of the Tasmanian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Relationships Act of 2003 [text], recognizing same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] and civil unions registered in foreign countries and other Australian states. The amendment was aimed at ending discrimination against same-sex couples … [read more]

Legal News
27 May 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] A Tasmanian anti-discrimination court Wednesday upheld [decision text] an Australian Red Cross [organization website] policy [text] to refuse blood donations from sexually active homosexual males. Petitioner Michael Cain tried to donate blood in 2004 but his offer was refused after he affirmatively answered an inquiry into whether he "had … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 May 2008

Stephen Page [partner, Harrington Family Lawyers]: "Australia, like the USA, has a two party system. On the left side of the fence is the Australian Labor Party and on the right the Liberal/National coalition. Australia is now at an historic point because for the first time in its history, with … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] A leaked memo reported in the UK Guardian newspaper Friday shows that Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] had committed to US plans to invade Iraq well before seeking legal advice on the military action and any second UN resolution giving more definitive authorization. The memo is described … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Australia's proposed anti-terrorism laws [JURIST report; initial draft, PDF] were backed Wednesday by four of the country's state and territory leaders, ensuring that Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] has enough support to introduce the proposals to the federal Parliament. The premiers of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and … [read more]

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