April 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and highlighted the crucial connection between the rule of law and sustainable development. The Congress also adopted the Doha Declaration which highlights ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Thursday praised Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases regarding federal patent law on Tuesday. In Commil USA, LLC v Cisco Systems, Inc., the court must decide whether the federal circuit erred in holding that a defendant's belief that a patent is invalid constitutes a defense to induced ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Addison Morris
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday announced plans to revoke the country's long-standing Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914), calling on King Bhumibol Adulyadej for approval. The country has been under the rule of martial law since then-General Prayuth staged a military coup last ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday charged mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during the Khmer Rouge's rule in the ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Four Thai activists will face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings. The activists are members of a group called Resistant Citizen, which has held demonstrations around Bangkok protesting against military rule. Prosecutors have asked the men to report on ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday announced a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic goals: to 1) streamline political ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday condemned the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure in March 2014. This measure was created to address abuses of human ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Ohio on Tuesday ruled in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ODNR) in ...[read more]

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