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[JURIST] Ahead of an emergency US-UK-Spain summit in the Azores, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Saturday in a BBC Radio interview that a second UN Security Council resolution was not legally necessary for military action against Iraq. On the same BBC program, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson doubted the legality of an Iraq war.... People for the American Way [advocacy website]sponsored a debate on judicial nominations Friday. Watch The Right & The Law: How Far Right Conservatives Are Packing the Federal Courts on C-SPAN [official website].... Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch spoke on privacy, technology and terrorism Friday at the Privacy and American Business Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Read a transcript of his speech.... The Egyptian Court of Cassation, that country's highest criminal tribunal, is expected to render a verdict Tuesday March 18 in the high-profile re-trial of democracy and human rights activist Eddin Ibrahim, a professor at the American University in Cairo who had previously been convicted by the State Security Court [Egyptian State Information Service report] of illegally accepted foreign money and intentionally and maliciously working to damage Egypt's image. Neil Hicks of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights offers background and perspective , and LCHR provides additional information on the case. Visit Eddin Ibrahim's own website for updates.

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