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Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Ecuador's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday passed a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, beginning in 2021. The 16 constitutional amendments were approved in a vote of 100-8 in a legislature where sitting President Rafael Correa's political party, Alianza Pais [party website, in Spanish], has a two-thirds … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A Spanish High Court [official website, in Spanish] judge on Thursday ordered [press release, in Spanish] 40 people, including three former ruling party treasurers, to stand trial over a bribes-for-contracts scheme. Investigation into the Gurtel scandal began in 2009 after a recording surfaced [interest group report] of Francisco Correa … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ruled [press release, PDF, in Spanish] that congress may vote on proposal to allow unlimited re-election terms. The case was brought to the court by the ruling Alianza Pais [party website, in Spanish] party, which proposed indefinite re-election … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed into law a collection of legislation centered on immigration [press release] on Saturday. AB 4, 35 and 1159 [materials] create limitations, restrictions, and obligations for those involved in immigration services and compliance intended to limit detention of undocumented immigrants and increase accessibility … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Colombia Ministry of Justice [official website] on Friday announced a new initiative to solve the problem of overcrowding in the nation's prisons. INPEC [official website, in Spanish], Colombia's prison institute, has begun the transfer of 800 inmates [Columbia Reports report] from "La Modelo" prisons in Bogota and Cali … [read more]

Legal News
22 Feb 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] urged Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] and his administration on Tuesday to postpone the sentencing of El Universo [official website, in Spanish] managers convicted of libel until after a hearing between the parties in March. … [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
12 Oct 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] on Tuesday enacted an antitrust law, provisions of which further his conflict with the country's news media. The new law specifically bars [AP report] news media owners and bankers from holding financial stakes in other industries and generally bars … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] won a criminal libel claim [statement in El Ciudadano, in Spanish] on Thursday against the owners and a columnist of newspaper El Universo [official website, in Spanish], resulting in fines of USD $40 million and a three-year sentence for … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Ecuadorian voters on Saturday approved [results, in Spanish] a series of judicial, social and other governmental reforms backed by President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile]. The judicial reforms will dissolve the standing oversight body and replace it with a temporary body to oversee the restructuring of … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Mar 2011

Lindsay Green-Barber [PhD Candidate, CUNY]: "Ecuador's President Correa will today sign an executive decree ordering a consulta popular (referendum) to be held within 67 days. While the justices of Ecuador's Corte Constitucional have, with a majority of opinions, deemed President Correa's proposed consulta [Spanish] as constitutional, it remains anything but … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday certified a slate of constitutional reforms submitted by President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile]. The court amended without explanation two of the 10 referendum questions [text, PDF; in Spanish] that Correa offered [JURIST report] last … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] submitted 10 constitutional referendum questions [text, PDF, in Spanish] on Monday to the Constitutional Court of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] to certify their legality. The proposed reforms would alter the way judges are chosen, amend … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Ecuadorean government will revise a controversial austerity law following unrest and a suspected coup attempt, government officials announced Saturday. The announcement came after days of unrest [BBC report], during which protesting police officers fired tear gas at President Rafael Correa [official website; BBC profile], surrounded the hospital at … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The constitutional branch of the Supreme Court of Nicaragua [official website, in Spanish] on Monday struck down a constitutional provision that bans presidential candidates from running for two consecutive terms. Under Article 147 of the Nicaraguan Constitution [text, in Spanish], a president can serve a maximum of two terms … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jul 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Honduras Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] has refused a Friday petition by Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza [personal website] calling for the reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile] as the country's head of state. Insulza met with Supreme Court President … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Honduran President Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile] rejected a Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] decision Thursday that called for the reinstatement of a military general whom Zelaya fired Wednesday. Zelaya's decision comes amidst a controversy over a referendum on constitutional change [La Tribuna report, in Spanish] scheduled for Sunday … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Honduran President Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile] announced Monday that the government will conduct a poll [decree, in Spanish] to determine whether voters are receptive to a November referendum that would establish a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution. Zelaya's proposed constitutional referendum has created wide controversy, even among … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Ecuadorean Supreme Court of Justice and the Constitutional Tribunal of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday published a statement [text, in Spanish] laying out the first steps in enacting a system of oral arguments, as required by the new Ecuadorean constitution [text, in Spanish]. The constitution, which … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] In a national referendum on Sunday, Ecuadorean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution which consolidates and significantly broadens the powers held by leftist President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile]. The new constitution [text, in Spanish] gives the president the power to remove Congress in the middle … [read more]

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