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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Tuesday, March 22

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 22.

The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first case, Tory v. Cochran [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 03-1488, the Court will consider whether a permanent injunction in a defamation action preventing all future speech about a public figure violates the First Amendment. The ABA has merit briefs for the case. Following that, in Dodd v. US [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 04-5286, the Court will resolve a circuit split over whether a statute of limitations period begins to run when the Court recognizes a new right or when it rules that the right may be applied retroactively. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case.

The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April 4.

The European Council [official website] opens a two-day meeting today, with the session beginning at 5:30 PM local time [11:30 AM ET]. View the agenda [PDF] for the session, and watch a live webcast of proceedings.

The UN Security Council [official website] meets at 10 AM ET today, when it will hear a report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the situation in Afghanistan. View the agenda, and watch a live webcast of the session.

The 61st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] continues in Geneva today. View the daily agenda [DOC].

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] continues today at 9:30 AM local time [3:30 AM ET]. Also today, the trial of Fatmir Limaj and others [ICTY case backgrounder] continues at 2:45 PM local time [8:45 AM ET]. A webcast of proceedings is available.

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