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Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Mexican federal official on Friday announced that seven of those who were being questioned regarding the prison escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman [US State Department backgrounder] have been formally arrested. Originally sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and import cocaine, Guzman escaped Mexico's highest security prison, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] A group of left-wing Mexican lawmakers from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in an effort to curb cartel violence [LAT news archive]. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon [BBC profile] launched a crackdown on drug cartels … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A New Zealand High Court [official website] judge on Tuesday held that two Kiribati citizens, could not be granted refugee status [decision, PDF] based on the effects of climate change on Kiribati. Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the island nation of Kiribati in 2007 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Mexican security forces have enforced or participated in widespread "disappearances" [press release] in which individuals are taken against their will, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday. The rights group has documented at least 250 "disappearances" [report, PDF] since 2007. In most of these cases, security forces failed … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] ruled unanimously on Wednesday that a law in the southern state of Oaxaca that prohibits same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The case was initiated by three gay couples in Oaxaca. The high court held that Oaxaca's law restricting marriage to one … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of the Samford University's Cumberland School of Law says that the likelihood of vacancies on the Supreme Court during the next four years should make the Court an important issue in the election, even though it has largely been ignored by the current candidates... … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Mexico's Senate [official website, in Spanish] gave final approval to a federal anti-money laundering law Thursday in the nation's latest effort to subdue the country's powerful drug cartels. Passed by the lower congressional house earlier this year, the legislation [text, PDF, in Spanish] was proposed two years ago by … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Mexico's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] approved a bill after 14 hours of debate on Saturday that provides for a broad range of reforms to Mexico's labor market. The bill seeks to improve the transparency of Mexico's trade unions and make labor regulations more flexible. The bill … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Mexico's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] expressed initial approval Friday for a labor reform bill that seeks to improve the transparency of Mexico's trade unions and make labor regulations more flexible. The bill was a bipartisan effort between the conservative outgoing National Action Party (PAN) and the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] on Saturday introduced a draft bill aimed at liberalizing the country's labor laws. The bill was introduced [Reuters report] in the Congress of Mexico by Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, and it seeks to improve the transparency of Mexico's trade unions and … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Mexico's Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday upheld [press release, in Spanish] the results of the country's recent presidential election, after finding that there was no evidence that the winning candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto [campaign website, in Spanish] violated election regulations. Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Complaints about violations committed by Mexico's military forces have been on the rise, a report [press release] issued by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego (TBI) [official website] said on Monday. The report alleges that Mexican military forces have been committing human rights violations with impunity. … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] of the left wing party Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] announced Monday that he will challenge recent election results in court [press release, in Spanish]. He claimed to have evidence showing that Enrique … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The electoral victory of Enrique Pena Nieto [official website, in Spanish] of the Mexico's ruling party Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) [party website, in Spanish] was confirmed by a final vote count on Friday. Nieto, however, is still facing legal challenges [JURIST report] brought by his opponent Andres Manuel Lopez … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] After finding evidence of inconsistencies Mexico's electoral authorities on Thursday announced that they will recount votes cast in Sunday's presidential election. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [official website, in Spanish] of the left wing party Partido de la Revolucion Democratica [party website, in Spanish] requested [Telegraph report] a total recount … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] has signed a climate change bill that will introduce sweeping environmental reform. The bill requires the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020, requires 35 percent of its energy come form renewable sources by 2024, requires mandatory … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Mexican Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] on Monday approved a bill that will recognize, protect and provide aid to victims of crimes stemming from the gang-related drug wars that have engulfed the country for nearly the last six years. Known as the General Victims Act [CNN … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Mexican legislature passed a sweeping climate change bill on Thursday 128-10 in the Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] and unanimously in the Senate [official website, in Spanish]. The bill requires the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020, requires 35% of its energy … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Carlos Perez, one of four El Universo [official website, in Spanish] managers convicted of libel [JURIST report] against Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile], was granted asylum by Panama on Thursday. El Universo is the second largest newspaper in Ecuador. Two of the four men, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Mexican activists on Friday filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court [official website] asking the court to investigate alleged human rights violations by the army and police resulting from the attack on drug cartels initiated by Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, Spanish]. The activists claim that, in … [read more]

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