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Legal News
2 days ago
by Taylor Gillan

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered [order, PDF] that the Obama administration delay enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials] pending a resolution to legal challenges. The 5-4 decision was written in five identical orders to respond to five different … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Judge Vernon Broderick for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Thursday that suspended Deputy UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo cannot claim diplomatic immunity on bribery charges. Lorenzo, representing the Dominican Republic, has been facing criminal allegations involving bribery [complaint, PDF] since early … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Representatives from 29 states on Tuesday asked [application, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to block the he implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials]. The plan seeks to eliminate the amount of carbon emissions through reducing coal and oil production by shifting to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday, dismissing a claim that the imposed pollution regulations in Minnesota are too lenient. The National Parks Conservation Association [advocacy website] challenged the EPA's approval … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected a bid to block [order, PDF] the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials]. A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit issued an order denying an application seeking to stay the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The Supreme Court of India upheld a temporary ban on diesel vehicles in New Delhi on Tuesday in an effort to reduce air pollution. Diesel vehicles will be forced to take alternative routes rather than simply traveling through the city. The ban [Reuters report] will likely impact automakers such as … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Italian cities Milan and Rome on Monday restricted [BBC report] the use of cars, motor cycles, and scooters as smog levels have increased. Experts believe that the unseasonably dry and calm weather contributed to the increased smog pollution. Restrictions in Milan ban motor vehicles for six hours a day … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Dec 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses Michigan's legislation regarding no-fault regulations, and holding insurance companies to their lawful responsibilities ... The legal climate for Michigan medical providers has gotten bleak recently. Auto insurance companies have developed a practice of challenging almost every claim for no-fault benefits, throwing … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday issued an order [text, PDF] preserving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regulations [text, PDF] that limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision comes after the US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST]US President Barack Obama [official website] on Saturday applauded [press release] the new climate change agreement reached Friday at the Paris summit. The agreement was reached during the twenty-first annual conference of parties, known as COP21 [official website]. He stated that the agreement could be a turning point for the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Dec 2015
by James Dwyer of College of William & Mary
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist James Dwyer of the College of William & Mary School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding recent removal of a foster child from a same-sex couple...A November foster care review hearing in Utah captured national news attention because the foster parents are a lesbian couple, and, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] stated [press release] Saturday that various UN organizations will sponsor a summit in 2016 to promote progress in addressing worldwide climate issues. During the UN climate change conference (COP21) [official website], the secretary-general announced that organizations such as the World Bank and the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment on Thursday spoke [press release] at the Paris Climate Conference, reminding all nations that environmental issues are human rights issues. The conference includes 190 nations discussing a new universal agreement that would work to reduce greenhouse gas to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Minster of Natural Environment said Friday that the country's government plans to sue BHP Billiton Ltd., Vale SA, and Samarco Mineração SA for USD $5.24 billion for damages caused by a dam collapse at an iron ore site the two co-own. The iron ore site, Samarco Mineração SA, is … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday pardoned [press release, in Spanish] 30 former guerrilla soldiers in jail for non-violent crimes. Yesid Alvarado Reyes [official website, in Spanish], Colombian Minister of Justice and Law, explained that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Janos Pasztor, the UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, on Friday, announced [press release] that the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris on November 30th must serve as the turning point for climate law throughout the world. The conference will take place in Le Bourget in … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he has rejected a request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The president cited climate change as the primary reason in which he is not allowing construction of the pipeline, which was proposed … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Wednesday indicted three men in the beating of two opposition lawmakers last week. The men, Chay Sarith, Mao Hoeun and Suth Vanny, were charged [AP report] with two counts of intention to commit violence and one count of intention to commit property damage. The suspects … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert warned [press release] Tuesday that climate change may threaten food security. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food [official website], Hilal Elver, warned that the intense weather conditions, including droughts, high temperatures, earthquakes and hurricanes, are threatening crops, livestock, fish and … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed concern [press release] over the "organized attack" on opposition politicians in Cambodia. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani highlighted that 11 political activists are serving [JURIST report] between seven- and … [read more]

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