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1 day ago
by Justin Cosgrove

US District Court Judge David Godbey on Monday rejected [order, PDF] a Texas lawsuit seeking to halt the federal resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. The federal judge ruled that Texas officials had failed to show a "substantial threat of irreparable injury" in the request for an injunction to … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by William Helbling

The Israel Parliament [official website] on Monday approved [press release] the first reading of a non-governmental organizations (NGO) transparency bill that would require any NGO that receives foreign political funding must publish the contributions. The bill, which passed in a close vote of 50 - 43, would also require NGOs … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Robert Piper [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [statement text] over "the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers." Piper specifically mentioned the case of Mohammed Al-Qiq, a detainee whose health is rapidly declining and reaching potentially irreversible … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The German Cabinet [official website] approved new asylum laws on Wednesday in response to the hundreds of thousands of refugees [CFR backgrounder] that have entered the country since the beginning of 2015. The bill [press release] will speed up asylum procedures and related legal appeals and will bar entry into … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians [press release]. The incident in Cizre [Reuters report], a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved [press release, in French] a bill that will allow physicians to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death, opting not to extend the bill to cover physician-assisted suicide. Under the new law, patients will be able to request [AP report] "deep, continuous sedation altering consciousness … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday stressed [official statement] the importance of education to prevent new genocides, speaking at an event acknowledging the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The Secretary-General spoke at an event at UN headquarters in New York … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released its annual report [text, PDF] discussing human rights issues in more than 90 countries throughout 2015. World Report 2016, the rights group's twenty-sixth edition of the report, which spans 659 pages, includes short summaries of important rights topics before breaking down … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Settlement businesses contribute to Israel's violations of Palestinian rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text] Tuesday. The report stated that, "it is Human Rights Watch's view that by virtue of doing business in or with settlements or settlement businesses, companies contribute to one or more … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

A German court on Tuesday ruled against the legality of the taxi-hailing app Mytaxi [official website]. Mytaxi began offering cab rides for half the regular price in several cities if customers agreed to an electronic payment method instead of cash. According to the Frankfurt court [Reuters report], this is illegal … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A German court on Monday announced that Hubert Z, a 95-year-old German man accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people at Auschwitz, will stand trial next month. Because of Germany's privacy laws Hubert Z's last name has not been released, but it is known that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Authorities in Germany arrested an unidentified 26-year-old Algerian man on Monday on suspicion of committing sexual assault during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne. The man, who is reported to be an asylum seeker, is accused [The Guardian report] of groping a woman and stealing her mobile phone. He was … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Germany's Federal Court of Justice [official website, in German] ruled [press release, in German] Thursday that a Facebook [corporate website] feature is unlawful. Confirming two lower court decisions, the court ruled that Facebook's "friend finder" feature constitutes advertising harassment. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 when the Federation of German … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday announced a preliminary investigation [press release, in Swedish] into Volkswagen [corporate website] regarding the emissions test cheating scandal that has affected millions. Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit has said it is focused on claims of serious fraud and the keeping of false records. A spokesperson from … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Lebanese residency laws risk creating a large undocumented community of refugees living at the margins of society, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] released Tuesday. Residency regulations adopted in January 2015 require [HRW report] refugees to apply to renew their residency permits under two categories: … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Volkswagen [corporate website] for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The complaint was filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] alleging that approximately 600,000 vehicles contained illegal "defeat … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Sunday expressed its intentions to debate Poland's new law on control of state-run media after Warsaw seized control of public broadcasters. The debate [Reuters report], scheduled to be held on January 13, is likely the first stage of a potential punitive action to … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Christoph Strässer, Human Rights Commissioner for EU-member Germany, on Tuesday stated [text, German] that Turkey should not receive a "discount" on meeting human rights criteria to join the EU [official website]. Strässer condemned [RT report] Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stating that the human rights situation in the nation has … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals of Quebec [official website] on Tuesday overturned a lower court injunction and ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] that Quebec's physician-assisted death law is not in conflict with any elements of the Quebec Criminal Code [text]. The legislation [Bill 52], which became law on December 10, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Swedish mobile telecom company Ericsson on Monday announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple [corporate websites], ending a nearly year-long patent dispute. The deal will last for seven years and includes [AP report] a cross-license that incorporates patents owned by both companies. The out of court … [read more]

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