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supreme court hears arguments in two matters

[jurist] the us supreme court [official website] heard arguments in two matters today; hughes v. united states and koons v. united states [scotusblog materials]. hughes [argument transcript, pdf] asks how attorneys should determine the precedential effect of supreme co...




us senate votes to consider bill to curb online sex trafficking

the united states senate [official site] on tuesday voted in favor of a motion to proceed with consideration of house bill 1865 [text] aimed at curbing online sex trafficking. house bill 1865 was first introduced on the floor of...




ecj rules against arbitration clauses in bilateral investment treaties between eu member states

the european court of justice (ecj) on tuesday ruled [decision] that the arbitration provisions of a bilateral investment treaty (bit) between czechoslovakia and the netherlands was precluded by the terms of the treaty on the functioning of the european union (tfeu). ...




phillippine government asks supreme court to expel chief justice

legal counsel for the philippine government asked the supreme court [official website] on monday to remove chief justice maria lourdes sereno [profile] over allegations that she did not properly declare her assets. the move [ap report] is the latest against justice s...




supreme court halts alabama execution

the us supreme court [official website] on thursday halted [order, pdf] the planned execution of alabama death row inmate vernon madison. vernon madison was convicted [cert. petition, pdf] in alabama of murdering a police officer in 1985. he was scheduled to b...




alabama certifies doug jones' senate victory

alabama certified [results, pdf] democrat doug jones’ special election win over republican roy moore thursday, rejecting moore’s wednesday bid to halt such certifications and proceed with an investigation into election fraud. in a last ditch effort wednesday night, moo...




north carolina court orders special master in redistricting case

today, a three judge panel in the us district court for the middle district of north carolina ordered [official website; order] the appointment of a special master to evaluate nine redrawn districts. the north carolina general assembly redrew the districts over the summe...




turkish court orders release of opposition spokeperson

[jurist] a turkish court released a peoples’ democratic party (hdp) [party website] parliamentarian thursday, according to a hdp statement [press release]. parliamentarian ayhan bilgen is the former speaker of the hdp and has been jailed over allegations of terrorism. this rele...




senate committee approves $10 million to un climate agency

[jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that oversees the paris climate agree...




us legal news round up for saturday, 9 september 2017

here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week: [jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the u...




world legal news round up for saturday, 9 september 2017

here’s the international legal news we covered this week: [jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that over...




guatemala congressional panel recommends lifting president's immunity

a guatemalan congressional committee on sunday recommended that president jimmy morales’ immunity should be voided so the attorney general and the un can investigate illegal campaign financing allegations. according to the attorney general and head of the international commissi...




un rights chief criticizes myanmar 'ethnic cleansing' at opening of human rights council session

un high commissioner for human rights zeid ra’ad al hussein called [press release] the situation in myanmar “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” at the opening of the un human rights council’s 36th regular session [press release] monday. during his oral pre...




maldives suspends lawyers calling for rule of law

maldives authorities suspended 56 lawyers on monday for signing and trying to submit a petition to the supreme court calling to uphold the rule of law. the petition cited court violations primarily in cases against opposition politicians. the department of judicial...




poland can demand wwii reparations from germany, experts say

a panel of legal experts for the polish parliament concluded [press release, in polish]y monda that poland is entitled to seek reparations from germany over any acts committed by the country during the second world war. the report[text, pdf, in polish] relies ...




google appeals eu antitrust fines

google appealed its eu antitrust fine on monday after intel’s partial victory [jurist report] last week against a similar eu sanction. google’s appeal comes two months after the initial [jurist report] antitrust fine by the european commission [official website] for ab...




supreme court order allows enforcement of travel ban against refugees

us supreme court [official website] justice anthony kennedy issued an order [text, pdf] monday staying a lower court ruling, allowing enforcement of the trump administration travel ban against refugees. the justice department had filed an emergency application ...




california files lawsuit to challenge daca rescission

california filed a lawsuit [complaint, pdf] on monday against the us department of homeland security (dhs) [official website], alleging the rescission of the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) [uscis materials] program is unconstitutional. the complaint alleges that daca’s resci...




unicef: children in war torn countries have right to safe water

[jurist] the un children’s fund (unicef) [official website] voiced [press release] its concerns on tuesday regarding the lack of drinking water accessible to children in war torn countries. according to unicef, more than 180 million people are cut off [un ...




hong kong protests spurred by imprisonment of democracy activists

three democracy activists were jailed on thursday for participating in the 2014 pro-democracy umbrella movement, which lead to thousands of hong kong citizens protesting on sunday in opposition of their imprisonment. joshua wong, nathan law, and alex chow were con...