March 21, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On March 21, 2005, Iceland's parliament granted citizenship to US chess champion Bobby Fischer in a unanimous vote. Fischer had been detained in Japan and risked being deported to the US, where he was wanted for violating international sanctions due to playing a chess game in Yugoslavia. On March ...[read more]
April 23, 2012
by Jamie Davis
A special court in Iceland on Monday convicted former prime minister Geir Haarde on one out of the four criminal charges he faced concerning the collapse of the country's banking system in 2008, announcing that he would not face any punishment. The charges stemmed from the collapse of the country' ...[read more]
March 5, 2012
by Katherine Getty
Former prime minister of Iceland Geir Haarde went on trial Monday on charges of negligence relating to the 2008 financial crisis. The charges stem from the collapse of the country's three major banks in 2008 while Haarde was leader of the country's ruling Independence Party. The trial originally ...[read more]
September 5, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The trial of former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde began on Monday, on charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. Court convened in the Landsdomur, a special court to try cabinet ministers, with Haarde's lawyers ...[read more]
June 10, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The government of Iceland is letting its general population help shape its new constitution through a number of new media formats, including the Constitutional Council website, where new parts of the working draft are put on the site and rewritten to include public consensus. There are also ...[read more]
June 7, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. Haarde vowed that he would prove his innocence and claimed that the charges were a result of the ...[read more]
May 17, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 17, 2010, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva signed a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the country. The bill was passed by Parliament and approved by the Constitutional Court prior to Silva's ratification. Although the bill received strong support from the ruling Socialist ...[read more]
April 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 22, 2010, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unveiled a draft proposal that would have made limited commercial whaling legal for the first time in 25 years. The proposal reflected a compromise for the countries that engage in whaling despite international laws against it. Japan, ...[read more]
April 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 1, 2001, the Netherlands became the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, the Netherlands has been joined by Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Mexico City in legalizing same-sex marriage. In the US, ...[read more]
September 29, 2010
by Ann Riley
The Icelandic Parliament on Tuesday voted 33-30 to refer charges against former prime minister Geir Haarde to the Landsdomur, a special court created to try government ministers. Haarde is the first world leader charged in relation to the financial crisis, and, if convicted, he could face two ...[read more]

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