Legal news from Wednesday, August 19, 2009
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] German lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to a draft law strengthening parliamentary involvement with the country's representatives to the European Union [official website], a step toward reforms necessary to Germany's ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty [EU materials; text]. The draft law would require [DW report] the government to fully [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration should not re-sign and ratify the Rome Statute [text] and join the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], according to a study [text] released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation [advocacy website]. According to the report, the ICC lacks checks on its power, is a threat to [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian rights group Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) [advocacy website] on Wednesday sharply criticized [press release] the government's proposed reforms [materials] to Australia's national security and anti-terrorism legislation. Last week, Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland [official website] released a 452-page discussion paper [text, PDF] detailing the proposed changes, including "providing [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration has notified Congress of plans to transfer six Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees out of the country, according to a Tuesday Miami Herald report [text]. The notifications were reportedly filed August 7, in accordance with a new law that requires risk assessments and notification of [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday overturned the conviction [opinion, PDF] of former Brocade Communications Systems [corporate website] CEO Gregory Reyes for backdating stock options [JURIST news archive]. Citing prosecutorial misconduct, the appeals court overturned Reyes's 2007 conviction and sentence [JURIST reports] [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong has been charged with tax evasion, his lawyer said Tuesday. Xu is accused of failing to pay taxes [NYT report] on a $100,000 grant from Yale University earmarked for the legal research center of Xu's Gongmeng human rights group. Xu was taken [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian human rights activists and journalists are suspending their work in Chechnya [JURIST news archive] in the wake of the recent violence, according to a Tuesday Moscow Times report [text]. Rights group Memorial [advocacy website, in Russian], which employed recently murdered [JURIST report] activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary], closed [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a University of Texas at Austin (UT) [academic website] affirmative action [JURIST news archive] policy of considering race in student admissions. The plaintiffs were two Caucasian females who were denied admission to [read more]

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