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Legal news from Wednesday, August 19, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

German lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to a draft law strengthening parliamentary involvement with the country's representatives to the European Union, a step toward reforms necessary to Germany's ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty. The draft law would require the government to fully inform the Bundestag about negotiations at the EU, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Obama administration should not re-sign and ratify the Rome Statute and join the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to a study released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation. According to the report, the ICC lacks checks on its power, is a threat to national sovereignty, and could cause complications to military cooperation between …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Australian rights group Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) on Wednesday sharply criticized the government's proposed reforms to Australia's national security and anti-terrorism legislation. Last week, Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland released a 452-page discussion paper detailing the proposed changes, including "providing police with new emergency powers to enter and search premises …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Obama administration has notified Congress of plans to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees out of the country, according to a Tuesday Miami Herald report. The notifications were reportedly filed August 7, in accordance with a new law that requires risk assessments and notification of transfers. One of the six detainees is Mohammed Jawad [ACLU …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday overturned the conviction of former Brocade Communications Systems CEO Gregory Reyes for backdating stock options. Citing prosecutorial misconduct, the appeals court overturned Reyes's 2007 conviction and sentence on conspiracy and fraud charges for backdating stock …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong has been charged with tax evasion, his lawyer said Tuesday. Xu is accused of failing to pay taxes on a $100,000 grant from Yale University earmarked for the legal research center of Xu's Gongmeng human rights group. Xu was taken into custody last month, shortly after Chinese officials shut down …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Russian human rights activists and journalists are suspending their work in Chechnya in the wake of the recent violence, according to a Tuesday Moscow Times report. Rights group Memorial, which employed recently murdered activist Natalia Estemirova, closed its Chechen office soon after her death. Memorial, which has …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Monday upheld a University of Texas at Austin (UT) affirmative action policy of considering race in student admissions. The plaintiffs were two Caucasian females who were denied admission to UT. They challenged the admission policy, which allows race and …

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