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Legal News
1 hour ago
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met Tuesday and announced an agreement [text] to address climate change. Both countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of wind and solar power sources to 20 percent of each nation's electricity production by 2030. Brazil also pledged … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Ireland's abortion law threatens [press release] the lives of women who choose to remain in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said on Tuesday. Under the country's abortion law, women are only permitted to undergo abortion proceedings if their lives are at risk. AI contends that the law … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Jun 2015
by Ibrahim Fares of

JURIST Guest Columnist Ibrahim Fares discusses the challenges surrounding the adoption of the Secured Transaction Draft Law in Palestine...Recently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, finished the final draft of the Secured Transaction Draft Law (STL) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] on Saturday adopted [press release] a resolution which encourages increased cooperation in preventing the "illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse" of weapons, including small arms and light weapons. The resolution was adopted [UN News Centre report] after a vote of nine in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss [press release] the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called for [text] a worldwide end to all forms of human exploitation. The message, released as part of the UN's World Day of Social Justice [UN report] set for February 20, 2015, calls for a worldwide effort to "not leave behind … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill [S.1, text], which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] In his address to the Indian Council of World Affairs [official website] Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called on [statement] India to be a world leader in peace, human rights and sustainable development. He urged India to "renew its leadership in nuclear disarmament" and to facilitate cooperation … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Secretary-General on Friday condemned [press release] a decision by the Sudanese government to remove two senior UN officials from the country. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text] which included remarks stating that the sanctioning of UN officials by the Sudanese government was "unacceptable." … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan has urged states attending the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, to commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The twentieth session of the global climate change conference (COP20) … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US and China on Wednesday announced a negotiated agreement [text] to reduce greenhouse gas output. Leaders of both countries negotiated secretly to arrive at the following pledge: The US seeks to reduce emissions by a quarter or more by 2025, while China will implement greater use of zero-emission … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Perpetrators of war crimes in Serbia must not escape justice [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Tuesday. The statement came as the group published a Serbian version of a report [report, PDF], originally published in June, which "analyses the problems within the prosecutorial and judicial system in … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

The UN has been actively engaged in the climate change conversation as a entity mediating and taking the lead on many initiatives. The most recent such activity was the UN Climate Summit 2014 ("the Summit"), held from September 23, 2014 - September 30, 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

Changing international relations at the end of the 20th century, as well as concern for how various countries would handle sensitive environmental issues, led to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Conference. Held in June 1992, the conference produced the first major treaty in … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

A major challenge for the international response to climate change is the allocation of responsibility between industrialized and developing countries for remediation and mitigation. While industrialized countries like the United States have a history of emitting greenhouse gases and are considered responsible for a bulk of historical climate change, developing … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

According to many experts, such as those that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, climate change as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most pressing and controversial environmental issues facing the international community today. In recent decades, many nations have undertaken measures such as … [read more]

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