February 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Wednesday upheld a restriction that same-sex couples cannot adopt children that have no biological relation to either parent. While the official text of the decision has not yet been released, the court did release a statement on their official Twitter page ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Slovakia held a referendum on Saturday asking voters to decide whether marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman. The vote will also determine other rights for same-sex couples, such as the right to adopt a child and participate in sexual health education. A vote over 50 percent will ...[read more]
January 2, 2015
by William Helbling
Palestinian government officials on Friday presented documents for accession to 16 international conventions and treaties to the UN. The documents include an adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last week. ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Palestine plans to submit a resolution for a UN Security Council statehood bid. The Palestine Liberation Organizaton specified that: The draft resolution calls for the resumption of negotiations to solve all ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A team of 12 independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Monday the contents of a letter written to the government and the congress of the Republic of Colombia that argues Colombia should reconsider the possible adoption of Senate Bill- ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by William Helbling
The French Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a woman is allowed to adopt the child of her same-sex spouse conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling by the French high court comes following recently enacted laws regarding same-sex marriage rights. The court held each spouse ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for the ...[read more]
June 26, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-2 Thursday that the New York City Board of Health exceeded its powers as a regulatory authority by banning the serving of large portions of sugary drinks. The Portion Cap Rule bans the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, although this does not apply to ...[read more]

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