Legal news from Sunday, June 17, 2012

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office, an ongoing case challenging a Utah company's … [read more]

[JURIST] China authorities launched an investigation [Xinhua report] on Friday into whether local family planning officials forced Feng Jianmei to have an abortion in her seventh month of pregnancy. Feng and her family allege that earlier this month she was taken to a hospital and her child was forcibly aborted … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Sunday demanded the immediate release [press release] of a group of four staff members from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] detained in Libya earlier this month. The Security Council noted that Libya has a legal obligation under Resolution 1970 (2011) … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] suspended its mission to supervise the implementation of a peace plan in the country on Saturday. Major General Robert Mood, head of the UNSMIS mission, blamed the group's exit from Syria [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on "an escalation in … [read more]

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