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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, Feb. 28

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Feb. 28.

The US Supreme Court [official website] is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 03-1388, the Court will decide whether Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act [text] applies to foreign cruise ships operating in US waters. The ABA has merit briefs for the case. In Pace v. DiGuglielmo [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 03-9627, the Court will resolve a circuit court split on federal habeas petitions filed under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 [text]. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case.

The US Senate [official website] convenes at 2 PM ET today, when it will consider S. 256 [bill summary], the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. Watch a live webcast of proceedings.

The US House [official website] is not in session today. It will resume its session Tuesday, March 1.

The US Department of State [official website] will deliver an annual human rights report at 9 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the news conference via C-SPAN 2.

At the UN, the 49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women [official website] opens today at 10 AM ET and will run until March 11. View the opening session agenda [text, PDF]. At the 12 Noon ET daily press conference, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will brief on the ten-year review of the Beijing Plan of Action on sexual exploitation of women. A round-table discussion will be held on institutional arrangements to promote gender equality at the national level beginning at 3 PM ET. All events are available via a live webcast.

The Security Council [official website] will hold a 10 AM ET meeting on the situation in Timor-Leste. Watch a live webcast of the meeting.

Burundi [government website in French] is scheduled to hold a constitutional referendum today.

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] continues, with a webcast beginning at 9:30 AM local time [3:30 AM ET]. Also today, the trial of Fatmir Limaj and others [ICTY case backgrounder] continues, with a webcast beginning at 2:45 PM local time [8:45 AM ET]. The appeals chamber is also scheduled to hand down an opinion in the case of Miroslav Kvocka, Mladjo Radic, Zoran Zigic, and Dragoljub Prcac [ICTY case backgrounder] at 2:15 PM local time [8:15 AM ET]. Listen to audio of the judgment. Read the ICTY press release.

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