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Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday banned a popular bull fighting event at this year's harvest festival in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The decision comes in response to protesters who claim that the sport of Jallikattu, in which men chase bulls to grab prizes … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday rejected claims [press release, PDF] from French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala that his rights to speak freely were denied when he was convicted of and fined for hate crimes due to a 2008 performance that ended with comments and … [read more]

Legal News
11 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Governor of California [official website] on Saturday enacted a new chapter [SB27] of the California Food and Agricultural Code [text] to enhance the regulation of antibiotic use on farm animals in the state. The new policy is more restrictive that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Oklahoma state senate [official website] passed a bill [HB 1879, PDF] on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court [official website], or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary … [read more]

Legal News
22 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] An Argentine court unanimously ruled that an orangutan is a "non-human person" with a legal right to freedom. Last November, Argentina's Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) [advocacy website, in Spanish] filed a habeas corpus writ on behalf of Sandra, an orangutan held in a Buenos Aires … [read more]

Legal News
24 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] China's highest court, the Supreme People's Court [official website, in Chinese] will investigate ways of reducing the number of crimes punishable by death according to remarks by Hu Yunteng, a senior researcher at the Supreme People's Court, published Monday. Hu told [Reuters report] a group of academics Saturday that … [read more]

Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report [Xinhua report] released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [BBC backgrounder] for a first reading Monday. According … [read more]

Legal News
7 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday banned a version of bull fighting in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. The court found that the use of bulls … [read more]

Professional Commentary
24 Apr 2014
by Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom
edited by Stephanie Kogut

JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph La Rue of Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the significance of the Supreme Court's future ruling in the birth control mandate contained with the Affordable Care Act Imagine that you are a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and opposed to the slaughtering of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him €1,800. The conviction [JURIST report] stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said … [read more]

Legal News
9 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) [JURIST news archive], on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic [Reuters report] by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment currently applies to … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A French administrative appeals court ruled [text, PDF, in French] on Thursday, upholding a ban on performance by French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala that was deemed anti-semitic. Dieudonne was appealing the prohibition order issued by courts in Nantes and eight other cities. The court refused to lift the prohibition … [read more]

Student Commentary
20 Sep 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Nimra Azmi, Harvard Law School Class of 2015, discusses a recent vote for a bill by the North Carolina General Assembly which would ban all foreign law from the state...On August 25, 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act of … [read more]

12 Aug 2013
by Sean Gallagher

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report [PDF] in July 2012 that explored the rising international use of drones. A previous report [PDF] issued by the GAO in 2004 specified that that 41 countries owned drones, with 32 attempting to develop new drone technology. By 2012, the GAO … [read more]

Legal News
22 Apr 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in Strasbourg held Monday in a 9-8 vote [judgment; press release, PDF] that a ban on an advertisement by an animal rights group did not violate freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Poland's Constitutional Tribunal [official website] ruled Wednesday that the ritual slaughter of animals violates the Polish Constitution. The court's ruling will bar strictly-followed slaughtering practices by Muslim and Jewish citizens where the animal is not stunned first. The decision conflicts with a 2009 EU law [text, PDF], scheduled to … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2012
by John Paul Regan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment; press release, PDF] a German injunction preventing the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) [advocacy website] from using Holocaust [USHMM backgrounder] images in an animal rights poster campaign. The campaign featured pictures … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Constitutional Council of France on Friday rejected [decision, in French] a challenge to the bullfighting exception contained in the animal cruelty provisions of the country's criminal code. Article 521-1 of the Criminal Code [text, PDF] provides for two years in prison and a 30,000 euro fine for the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a set of regulations issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) [official website] that provide legal protection to oil companies if the companies incidentally harm small numbers of walruses or polar … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 May 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Riley of the University of Virginia School of Law says that a recent district court decision requiring the FDA to begin proceedings to ban the agricultural use of certain antibiotics may be a welcome opportunity to reexamine the regulatory response to the risk of antibiotic resistance … [read more]

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