November 27, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission, concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Around 2 million people in Spain's Catalonia region voted in a mock independence poll for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Results released on Monday showed that 1.6 million voters favored breaking away from Spain to create their own nation. However, with 5.4 million people eligible to vote, ...[read more]
November 9, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Over one million Catalans on Sunday participated in a non-binding vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain. The wealthy region's government decided to move ahead with the vote despite the Spanish Constitutional Court suspending the vote on Tuesday to hear arguments claiming that the vote ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The Spanish Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended the Catalonia region's upcoming symbolic vote to gauge public sentiment for independence. The unanimous decision to hear the government's appeal effectively bans the vote until the parties present arguments and the court makes a ruling. This ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Spanish state adviser on Thursday announced support for a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9, making it likely that the Spanish government will attempt to have the Catalan "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts. Spain's Council of State ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more ...[read more]

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