September 30, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An independence vote in Catalonia set for November 9 has been suspended after Spain's central government filed an appeal on Monday alleging the referendum would be illegal. The unanimous decision by the nation's Constitutional Court to hear the government's case automatically suspends the November ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy confirmed Monday that the Spanish government has filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court challenging the November 9 independence referendum for the Catalonia region. The government's appeal alleges that both the referendum and a law passed by the ...[read more]
September 25, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Constitutional Court of Russia ruled Thursday that the law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors is not in breach of the Russian Constitution. The controversial law, which entered into force in June 2013, was challenged by three LGBT-rights activists: Nikolay ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Israeli High Court of Justice on Monday ordered a detention center used to detain African migrants who had crossed illegally and were captured in the Negev Desert to close. The decision annulled the government's Law for the Prevention of Infiltration which permitted the state to detain ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed in February that made it easier for authorities to ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting ...[read more]
August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A judge for a Travis County Civil Court in Texas ruled Thursday that the Texas Legislature failed to meet its constitutional duty to provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday issued an opinion calling upon the Florida Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The case involves a same-sex couple that married in Massachusetts in 2010 and subsequently relocated to ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Indonesia's highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month's democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country's president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo's victory by a 6 percent margin over ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, ...[read more]

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