Legal news from Thursday, December 1, 2011

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] stated on Thursday that the death toll in Syria during the eight-month uprising [JURIST news archive] has surpassed 4,000 [video and transcript]. Pillay recommended that the UN Security Council [official website] take action and refer Syria to the International … [read more]

[JURIST] Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website] Thursday released its 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) [report, PDF; press release], again showing some governments failing to protect citizens from corruption, be it abuse of public resources, bribery or secretive decision-making. The CPI scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to … [read more]

[JURIST] Fatou Bensouda [official profile] of the Gambia, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], will be formally recommended Thursday to succeed Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] when his nine-year term expires next year. Liechtenstein's UN Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, current president of the Assembly of States … [read more]

[JURIST] British American Tobacco (BAT) [corporate website] brought legal action in Australia's High Court [official website] on Thursday in response [press release] to the country's new tobacco packaging laws. Two weeks ago, Parliament [official website] enacted the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill [text], which removes descriptive colors and logos from cigarette … [read more]

[JURIST] A Tunisian military court on Wednesday convicted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile] in absentia on torture charges. Ben Ali and eight others were found guilty [Reuters report] of the torture of 17 military generals in connection with a 1991 coup attempt. Ben Ali was sentenced … [read more]

[JURIST] A team of investigators from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] arrived in Libya on Wednesday to begin an inquiry into new allegations of sex crimes committed by loyalists of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Jane O'Toole is leading the ICC investigation into … [read more]

[JURIST] Preliminary hearings for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] began on Thursday in the appeal of Tymoshenko's seven-year prison sentence [JURIST report]. Tymoshenko was convicted of corruption and abuse of authority while negotiating a gas contract with Russia [AP report] in 2009, and has … [read more]

[JURIST] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Tuesday filed notice that it intends to appeal [text, PDF] an injunction that blocked new graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. In early November, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] temporarily blocked … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Setser v. US [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the justices heard arguments on a federal district court's power to determine whether a federal sentence will be served consecutively or concurrently to an … [read more]

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