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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
23 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana [press release, in Spanish] in the country. Santos said the new regulations, which make it legal to grow, process, import and export marijuana for medical and scientific use, would put Colombia "at the forefront in the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Argentina on Sunday opened its first round of voting for the country's new presidential election. The new president will replace current President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner [BBC profile] who is now serving her second term [BBC report] and thus constitutionally ineligible for reelection. In order to win, a candidate … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a lower court judge should not have expanded a class action suit of bondholders suing Argentina. District Judge Thomas Griesa had been overseeing litigation related to Argentina's sovereign debt default from roughly 14 … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Argentina Armed Forces [official website, in Spanish] has released documents revealing that Argentinian soldiers were tortured and abused by their superiors during the Falklands War in 1982. It is reported [BBC report] that many low level soldiers faced hash conditions such as being ill equipped and tortured by … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] on Wednesday issued "wanted person alerts" for six men having ties to the ongoing FIFA scandal [LAT backgrounder] on charges including racketeering, money laundering and corruption. The alerts are a notice and warning that the men may be arrested in any country to which they travel. … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved a measure to amend the constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] to limit marriage and adoption to couples with only one man and one woman. The bill would make same-sex marriages made outside of El Salvador have … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus [official website], announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims [Reuters report] that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [Forbes profile] signed a law on Monday that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a move hailed by advocates as a step toward full marriage rights. The law, which will take effect in six months, gives same-sex and unmarried couples the right to inherit each … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed the Argentine government's appeal of a contempt charge in an ongoing dispute over Argentina's bond default in 2001. The contempt charge resulted after Buenos Aires refused to pay two US hedge funds and sought to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] An Argentinian appeals court on Thursday dismissed charges against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner [BBC profile] for conspiring to insulate Iranian officials' from prosecution over their alleged participation in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The charges were filed by prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner [BBC profile] that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel Rafecas … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation [official website, in French] ruled [Reuters report] that the case should be reexamined, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Thursday said that she is "sure" [Telam report] that the death of prosecutor Albert Nisman was not a suicide as initially indicated [JURIST report]. Nisman had been appointed to lead the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Argentine authorities said Tuesday they would full investigate the death of the prosecutor who had accused [JURIST report] President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on Sunday, the day before he was scheduled to testify … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] An Argentinian federal prosecutor on Wednesday accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of being involved in covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack. The bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association is said to have been one of the country's worst attacks, resulting in 85 deaths. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] confirmed Saturday the extradition of a US fugitive wanted for a 2002 murder in Colorado. Kurt Sonnenfeld, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cameraman and 9/11 conspiracy theorist, fled [AP report] to Argentina in 2003 after Denver prosecutors charged … [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]

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