September 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A report by Rights and Resources on Wednesday warned of the growing pressure for land and resources that threatens communities dependent on tropical forests. The report will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. There has been longstanding demand from indigenous peoples for ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that all coal mining licenses awarded between 1993 and 2010 are illegal. The court found that the licenses failed to comply with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957; Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Addison Morris
Gllobal environment crime is financing criminal activity and threatening global development, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL. The 108-page report, entitled "The Environmental Crime Crisis," details the ways in which illegal trading of ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement ...[read more]
August 20, 2013
by Julie Deisher
A judge for Michigan's Barry County Circuit Court on Monday dismissed a fracking lawsuit by Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD) against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). MLAWD sought a declaratory ruling nullifying the MDNR auctions of mineral rights within Barry and ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnists Eric Delio and George Thompson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, analyze Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. and its potential impact...The recent US Supreme Court case, Los Angeles County Flood Control ...[read more]
January 16, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday pertaining to jurisdiction. The first, Arlington v. FCC, addresses whether Chevron USA v. NRDC allows a federal agency to determine its own jurisdiction. The provision at issue, 47 USC 332(c)(7) of the Federal Communications... ...[read more]
January 9, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council that water flowing through a concrete channel from different points in the river does not create a pollutant under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Justice Ruth Bader ...[read more]
October 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On October 1, 2010, the UN released a report on war crimes and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report listed 617 of the most serious violations of human rights, including violence against children, genocide and mass rape, committed between 1993 and 2003. The ...[read more]
March 19, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 19, 2009, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled 10-1 to confirm the rights of indigenous peoples to land on the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation and set out 19 rules to guide court in similar cases in the future. The ruling permitted the expulsion of the 200 rice farmers living and working on ...[read more]

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