April 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Maltese Parliament passed new legislation on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions, and providing such unions with the same rights as are afforded heterosexual marriages in the country. The bill also provides for the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed abroad. Notably, the ...[read more]
July 25, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 25, 2011, the Maltese parliament passed legislation that legalized divorce in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill took effect in October 2011. This change was a result of a voter referendum that favored legalizing divorce. Malta was the last EU member state to forbid ...[read more]
August 11, 2012
by Leah Kathryn Sell
JURIST Guest Columnist Alice Farmer, a Children's Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch, says that in many cases of asylum, children are presumed to be adults and are detained as such in countries such as Malta...A typical child wants to be seen as an adult. Unfortunately, some children who seek ...[read more]
July 25, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On July 25, 2011, the Maltese parliament passed legislation that legalized divorce in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill took effect in October 2011. This change was a result of a voter referendum that favored legalizing divorce. Malta was the last EU member state to forbid ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The Maltese parliament passed new legislation Monday legalizing divorce in a historic move for the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The Malta House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill with 52 votes in favor, 11 against with five abstentions, in a country where most laws are ...[read more]
May 29, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
Malta voters on Saturday approved a ballot question asking whether divorce should be allowed in the country. The measure passed with 53 percent of the vote, and saw a 72 percent turnout among the predominantly Catholic 412,966 residents, the lowest turnout in its recent history. The archipelago ...[read more]
March 25, 2011
by Drew Singer
A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea, reports on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in prison. Three of the hijackers were stateless, while the other ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On April 16, 2003, the 2003 Treaty of Accession was signed by 10 countries, admitting them for European Union (EU) ascension. After Malta and Cyprus, eight of the ten new EU nations (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) were former communist ...[read more]
June 3, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement Tuesday asserting that Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank violate international law. The statement was delivered by Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Max Gaylard at the opening of the UN ...[read more]
March 21, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski
The National Assembly of Bulgaria Friday voted 195-15 to approve the new EU reform treaty, properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon. Ten members of the nationalist Ataka party and five independent MPs voted against ratification, calling instead for a nationwide referendum. Bulgaria is the sixth EU ...[read more]

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