Legal news from Monday, December 3, 2012
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast could face ongoing violence and be deprived of justice [press release] if human rights offenders are not prosecuted, a senior UN rights official warned Monday. While visiting the city of Abidjan, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic [official profile] met with area officials to discuss [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council on Monday agreed to oversee a national referendum on the country's new constitution [text, PDF]. The Council, which is Egypt's highest administrative body overseeing the courts, plans to delegate judges [Reuters report] to monitor the nation's constitutional referendum, and about 10,000 judges are needed. This [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief Judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] ruled Friday that Somalia's territorial waters extend no more than 12 miles from shore, concluding that the US has jurisdiction to prosecute a band of pirates accused of murdering four Americans in 2011. [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] began hearings on Monday regarding a longtime border dispute between Chile and Peru [BBC profiles]. Peru first filed its application [press release, PDF; JURIST report] with the ICJ in 2008 alleging that Chile refused to enter into negotiations over the disputed [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] UK authorities led by Home Secretary Theresa May [official website] on Monday challenged a UK immigration decision that effectively blocked Jordanian extradition requests for Muslim cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Qatada is wanted in Jordan on in absentia convictions of organizing and encouraging bomb attacks in [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kosovo authorities called Sunday for an investigation into the work of former UN chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC profile] for her role in bringing war crimes charges against former Kosovo prime minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj [ICTY materials; BBC profile]. Del Ponte, a Swiss [read more]

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