Legal news from Thursday, July 18, 2013
12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court on Thursday sentenced political activist and lawyer Alexei Navalny [BBC profile] to five years in prison for embezzling USD $500,000 from a state-owned timber company. Navalny, a strong critic of President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] and a crusader against alleged governmental corruption, declared that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Sang Hyun Song [official profile], the president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], on Tuesday urged the international community [press release] to commit to bringing perpetrators of war crimes and genocide to justice. Song's statement marked International Criminal Justice Day, July 17, which was the date [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh lawmakers approved a new labor law this week in response the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which killed about 1,129 garment workers in April. Although the new law broadens the scope of industries that can participate in union practices, it also places a high standard on the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] ratified two new election laws on Wednesday. The UN had pressed the president to improve the election commission he had threatened to disperse after it disqualified 25 percent of the 2009 ballots, sparking violence across the country. By reinvigorating the Independent Election Commission [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. The lawsuit seeks an injunction [AP report] against the NSA, Justice Department, FBI and [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday granted the US government's motion for a temporary delay in enforcement of a court order banning genital searches at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. The searches at issue are being conducted any time a detainee is [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that plaintiffs who were challenging an anti-terrorism law on grounds that it could stifle freedom of the press lacked standing to challenge the law, but noted that there are parts of the law [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese activist and lawyer Xu Zhiyong was arrested by Chinese authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of having "gathered crowds to disrupt public order." Xu, a law lecturer at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications [academic website] and founder of the Open Constitution Initiative (Gongmeng) [Economist report], was placed [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court Central District of California [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a motion by McGraw-Hill Companies and Standard & Poor's Financial Services (S&P) [corporate websites], a unit of McGraw Hill Financial, to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the US government. The five [read more]

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