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Italy court reduces sentences of former Berlusconi aides
November 13, 2014
An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent agent Dario Mora were modi....... [more]

Italy court overturns manslaughter convictions of six scientists
November 11, 2014
An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned a 2012 conviction of manslaughter against six scientists and a government official for being negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Judge Fabrizia Ida Francabande....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: no charges in Israeli flotilla raid
November 6, 2014
The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said Thursday there is no reasonable basis to continue the investigation of a 2010 raid by the Israeli Defense Forces on flotilla vessels headed for Gaza. While the prosecutor said that there was a "reasonable basis to belie....... [more]

JURIST Episode 9 Summer Review and Fall Preview
September 23, 2014
JURIST Podcast host Genevieve Redd launches into a Summer Review and Fall Preview, including the hottest topics resolved in Courts around the world, as well as pressing questions for the Fall:The Rome Statute of the ICC as a lens for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How does the conflict measure up....... [more]

France court rules UBS must deposit guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in tax probe
September 22, 2014
A French appeals court ruled Monday that Swiss bank UBS must deposit a guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in an investigation of charges for aiding in tax evasion for wealthy French customers. In July UBS was put under formal investigation for allegations of laundering the proceeds of tax evasion. French....... [more]

Apple, Samsung agree to forgo international patent lawsuits
August 8, 2014
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two comp....... [more]

US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity
August 8, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and....... [more]

Executions increased worldwide last year: report
July 19, 2014
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different....... [more]

Italy appeals court overturns Berlusconi underage prostitution conviction
July 19, 2014
An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in a prostitution case, reversing a lower court conviction for paying a 17-year-old dancer for sex while he was in office and for abusing his power by asking police to release her. As a result of his former convicti....... [more]

ICC prosecutor finds no grounds to investigate North Korea war crime allegations
June 25, 2014
Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation into North Korean attacks on South Korea did not satisfy the Rome Statute requirements necessary to initiate a full ICC investigation. The preliminary investigation was launched i....... [more]

Italy high court to review law on transgender marriage rights
June 13, 2014
Italy's Constitutional court ruled Wednesday that an Italian law that annuls a marriage once a partner undergoes a sex change operation is against the national interest because the couple may desire to stay together. Wednesday's ruling overturns a judgment from a lower court in Bologna in the case o....... [more]




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