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Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A Dominican court on Wednesday blocked a new law that would have decriminalized abortion if a pregnant woman's life was at risk, thus reinstating a total ban on abortion within the country. The Constitutional Tribunal's ruling, which upholds a law from 1884, cannot be appealed [Reuters report]. The new law … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]

Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] on Wednesday issued "wanted person alerts" for six men having ties to the ongoing FIFA scandal [LAT backgrounder] on charges including racketeering, money laundering and corruption. The alerts are a notice and warning that the men may be arrested in any country to which they travel. … [read more]

Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" [press release] towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization [official website] Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) [text] came into force [ILO press release] on Thursday, extending basic labor rights to workers in signatory countries. The convention became binding international law to a number of countries, prompting many to begin implementing legislative reforms aimed … [read more]

Legal News
23 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] Paraguay's Congress on Thursday officially granted President Horatio Cartes [BBC profile] the power to order military interventions without prior legislative approval. The grant of power [Ultima Hora report, in Spanish] came after five security guards were were killed by the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) in northern Paraguay. Opponents of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Borchers of the Creighton University School of Law says that the Supreme Court's opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum overlooks recent relevant developments in the conflict of laws and may have unintended effects on future cases...The US Supreme Court's already-strange extraterritoriality jurisprudence just got a … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human rights group Freedom House [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Nigeria's High Court in Abuja declined to stop impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan [JURIST news archive] on Friday. This means the Nigerian House of Representatives' impeachment proceedings for non-implementation of the nation's budget will be allowed to continue according to Nigeria's Constitution. In bringing the lawsuit, National Chairman … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge in Brazil ruled on Tuesday that construction on the Belo Monte Dam must stop until local indigenous communities are allowed to voice their opinions on the environmental impact of the dam. The Brazilian government declared [BBC report] that the dam would help make Brazil more self-sufficient in … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Paraguay's Congress on Friday removed president Fernando Lugo from office after it found him guilty of mishandling armed clashes that took place last week during which 17 police and farmers were killed. The lower house of Congress voted 76-1 on Thursday to impeach Lugo, while the Senate [official website, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Jennifer Green and Sahadev Gowda of the University of Minnesota Law School, say that corporations must be held accountable for international law violations through use of the Alien Tort Statute...Last month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal court ruled Wednesday that work on a dam [Belo Monte backgrounder] being constructed on the Xingu River in the Amazon jungle may continue. The Federal Court of the First Region [official website, in Portuguese] had ordered that dam construction cease [JURIST report] until indigenous groups are … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Sixteen Latin American, Caribbean and South American governments have filed supporting briefs in a lawsuit filed last week [JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] challenging the South Carolina's newly adopted immigration law [SB 20 text]. The briefs contend that the new law will "impede … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Uruguay President Jose Mujica [official website, in Spanish] is removing 80 administrative acts blocking investigations into crimes committed by the military junta [Country Studies backgrounder] that ruled between 1973-85, Secretary of the Presidency Alberto Breccia announced [press release, in Spanish] Monday. Mujica, who fought the military rule as a … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Uruguay's House of Representatives [official website, in Spanish] failed to partially repeal [El Pais report, in Spanish] the 1986 Expiry Law [text, in Spanish] on Thursday in a vote of 49-49. The Senate [official website, in Spanish] voted to void the amnesty law [JURIST report] last month, and, with … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] voted 16-15 Tuesday to overturn a 1986 law [press release, in Spanish] granting amnesty to members of the military junta that ruled the country between 1973 and 1985. The decision [AP report] to repeal Uruguay's Expiry Law [text, in Spanish] means that courts … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] An Argentine federal court on Thursday sentenced former general Eduardo Cabanillas to life in prison for his involvement in the nation's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Cabanillas, who ran a secret Buenos Aires facility known as Automotores Orletti, was convicted of murder [RTT report], torture and … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday condemned [judgment, PDF; in Spanish] the Uruguayan government for its role in the abduction and death of an Argentinean woman in the 1970s, effectively overturning the country's amnesty law. Maria Claudia Garcia Iruretagoyena de Gelman was … [read more]

Legal News
18 Nov 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay [official profile] warned Wednesday that, despite the Bolivian government's reforms, most indigenous people and other vulnerable groups continue to suffer from extreme poverty and exclusion [press release]. Pillay commended progress [UN News Centre report] by the Bolivian government in adopting reforms … [read more]

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