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Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Greek lawmakers approved a bill early Saturday morning containing new austerity measures and economic overhauls under its new bailout program. All but one of the 155 members of the leftist Syriza [party website], which now runs the government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras [official website], and the Independent Anel … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Greek Parliament [official website] on Friday approved a three-year bailout package for about 85 billion Euros ($93 billion) just days before the country is due to repay debt to the European Central Bank. Without a bailout package, Greece could default on the payment. The bill, which was passed … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Protesters in Greece gathered in the tens of thousands on Friday, holding rival rallies that drew attention to the split within the country as Sunday's referendum approaches. The referendum, which regards whether or not to accept the bailout terms [Reuters report] of international creditors, may decide Greece's future as … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Greece's Hellenic Parliament [official website] passed an anti-poverty bill on Thursday, despite requests from international creditors to hold off on the vote until they had time to assess its budgetary impact. The anti-poverty bill is the first law passed since the leftist government was elected in January. The majority … [read more]


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
27 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks [official profile] on Wednesday called upon the Greek government to abandon plans [statement] to include a clause in a draft immigration law that would allow the government to deport migrants following the rejection of their claims … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Council of State [official website], Greece's top administrative court, on Monday ruled that the country's wage cuts for police, military and firefighters as part of its austerity measures are unconstitutional. The Greek government was required [AFP report] to make certain cuts as a condition of its international bailout … [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
7 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Greek court on Monday found former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos [NYT backgrounder] guilty of money laundering. The court also rendered guilty verdicts [AP report] against 16 of Tsochatzopoulos's co-defendants, including his wife, ex-wife and daughter. The charges against Tsochatzopoulos stem from his issuance of defense contracts in exchange … [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
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]


Legal News
12 Aug 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] UK authorities announced on Monday that they are considering legal action against Spain to force the country to loosen border controls in Gibraltar. British Prime Minister David Cameron [BBC profile] accused [Reuters report] Spain of blocking British fishing vessels in disproportionate numbers and said Spain was "politically motivated" in … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The conditions of Greece's bailout plan, put in place by its international lenders, have severely undercut the ability of Greek citizens to obtain a standard of living in line with international human rights standards, according to a report [press release] released Thursday by UN Independent Expert on foreign debt … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] ruled [judgment, in Portuguese] that four out of nine contested austerity measures of the 2013 state budget were unconstitutional. The court's decision came in response to the request of Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website] for the court to determine whether … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, in Spanish] Thursday that evictions carried out in Spain under harsh property repossession laws violate EU consumer protection laws. According to the ECJ, Spain's laws contravene EU laws [press release, PDF] because they do not allow national courts to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Greece's Hellenic Parliament [official website] approved new tax legislation on Saturday so that the country can pay back loans so that it can continue receiving financial aid. The new legislation would bring the new top-tier tax level to 42 percent [Al Jazeera report] for individuals earning more than $56,000 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Monday filed suit against five former employees of Standard and Poor's (S&P) and two former employees of Fitch [corporate websites] for allegedly manipulating the market and abusing privileged information that led to the rating agencies' downgrades of Italy. Though magistrates in Rome and Milan have refused … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A UK immigration tribunal has ruled that man who says he was paid to kill civilians in Sudan [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive] may remain in the UK indefinitely. The 27-year-old man, whose identity has not been revealed, is being allowed to remain in the UK for his own … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Greek judges and court employees on Wednesday assembled in front of the country's Supreme Court in Athens to protest proposed pay cuts under the austerity measures for 2013-2014 which will eliminate public sector jobs and lower wages and pension plans. Around 200 judges, public prosecutors and court workers announced … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania ruled Tuesday that the July 29 national referendum to remove President Traian Basescu [official websites, in Romanian] from office is invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The ruling confirms [Reuters report] the findings of the national electoral … [read more]

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