December 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said the Ivory Coast must hand over Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, to stand trial in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity. The ICC judges rejected the Ivory Coast's challenge to the admissibility ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Pakistan's Federal Shariat Court has ordered that Pakistan's government amend or re-file its complaint against former president Pervez Musharraf for treason to include the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, law minister Zahid Hamid and judge Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-defendants. In 2007 during ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday denied Abigail Fisher's petition for a rehearing en banc in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judges for the Fifth Circuit voted 10-5 to deny the petition. The case is on remand from a June 2013 ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four members of his legal team to stand trial on charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba and his team pleaded not guilty to allegations of bribing ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday to withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), raising concerns about the welfare of the country's migrant population. Following a 1999 report that criticized the Dominican Republic's treatment of Haitians, the ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
Israel's Knesset Plenum on Tuesday announced their approval of the second and third readings of Parole Bill (amendment no. 14). The bill, proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked, will limit the power of the government to free prisoners as part of foreign relations prisoner swaps by allowing judges to label ...[read more]

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