Legal news from Wednesday, May 1, 2013

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that the government has been failing to meet EU air quality standards and reached out to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] for guidance. This is the first time that the court has addressed the problem with … [read more]

[JURIST] Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny [official website] on Wednesday introduced [speech transcript] the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 [text, PDF], which would establish new rules determining when abortions may be performed to save the life of the mother. The proposed law would not significantly change the country's … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a law prohibiting federally licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to anyone under the age of 21. The National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] brought the case against the US Bureau of Alcohol, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers urged [press release] Argentina Tuesday to ensure the Judicial Council's independence by reconsidering two draft bills that were approved last week. The two bills reform the Judicial Council and regulate precautionary measures. One bill alters the council candidacy … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday renewed his pledge to make an effort to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. At a news conference [transcript] Tuesday, Obama was asked about the ongoing hunger strike [Miami Herald graphic; JURIST news archive], now involving 100 of … [read more]

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