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18 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Approximately 180 Cuban migrants crossed the US border on Friday as part of an organized Central American effort to transport the 8,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica. Following recent diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, thousands of Cubans are attempting to seek asylum [New Yorker report] in the … [read more]

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
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
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez of Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] charged five suspected leaders of the Basque separatist movement Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder] Tuesday with crimes against humanity for their participation in the 2004 attacks that left 12 people dead. Specifically, the group is alleged to have … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday ruled [judgement] in favor of Ecuadorian villagers seeking to enforce a multi-billion dollar judgment against the Chevron Corporation. In 2011, the 30,000 villagers secured [JURIST report] a $17.2 billion judgment in an Ecuador court against Chevron for environmental damage to … [read more]

Legal News
12 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Swedish Supreme Court [official website, in Swedish] on Monday rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] seeking to overturn a 2010 arrest warrant for alleged sexual assault that was reissued [JURIST report] by a lower court late last year. The warrant requires Assange … [read more]

Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks [official website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have … [read more]

17 Jan 2015
by Sarah Steers

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Swedish appeals court [official website] on Thursday upheld an arrest warrant to question Wikileaks [official website] founder Julian Assange about claims dealing with sexual assault. Assange has denied all the allegations behind the warrant and has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy [BBC report] in London, where he … [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
28 Jun 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Argentine federal judge Ariel Lijo on Friday charged [text, in Spanish] Amado Boudou with bribery and abusing his position in negotiations with the objective of obtaining benefits for himself and others. Boudou is accused of conducting business incompatible with Articles 256, 258 and 265 [text, in Spanish] of the … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Authorities in Ecuador [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday announced, via Twitter [status post], the issuance of an arrest warrant for former president Jamil Mahuad on the grounds that he allegedly misappropriated public funds during the late 1990s. Interior Minister Jose Serrano stated that a "red notice" had been issued by … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Chevron Corporation [official website] on Tuesday filed [text, PDF] for reimbursement of attorneys' fees against Attorney Steven Donziger [official website] and others in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Chevron prevailed earlier this month in its lawsuit against Donziger for fraud and … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that US courts could not be used to collect $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees that previously resulted in an Ecuadorian court's judgment against Chevron [corporate website]. Judge … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift [Reuters report] the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights [official website], Farida Shaheed [official profile] announced [press release] Friday that she will launch a new study on how marketing and advertising affect cultural rights. Shaheed plans to focus her study on the challenges that marketing strategies present to cultural … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron [corporate website] to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction [RT report] from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador … [read more]

Legal News
2 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Ecuador on Tuesday began the country's first trial for crimes against humanity. Attorney General Galo Chiriboga charged [El Comercio report, in Spanish] nine army officers and a police general with the torture, sexual violence and forced disappearance of three opponents of the government in 1985. The … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron [corporate website] after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when … [read more]

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