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Legal news from Friday, September 25, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

German President Horst Koehler on Friday signed the EU reform treaty, known as the Lisbon Treaty, completing the country's problematic ratification process. The signature was the final step for ratification, after the Bundesrat gave final approval earlier this week to a bill setting out …

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by Andrew Morgan

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday upheld the admissibility of the case against former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. Katanga had argued that charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against him should be dropped because he was being tried for the same crimes …

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by Andrew Morgan

The trial of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert opened Friday on charges of fraud and corruption that led to his resignation last year. Olmert is accused of illegally accepting cash contributions from American businessman Moshe Talansky, double billing travel expenses to the state and charitable donors, and giving his former law …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UK High Court on Friday upheld a law that permits mandatory retirement policies for workers who reach the age of 65, but said that there is a "compelling" case for raising the age above 65. The challenge to the default retirement age (DRA) was originally brought by Age Concern and Help the Aged. Justice …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The South Korean Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that a ban on nighttime assemblies is an unconstitutional violation of the right to free assembly. The court gave the National Assembly until June 30, 2010, to amend Article 10 of the Assembly and Demonstration Law, which bans outdoor assemblies and demonstrations …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that Russia is liable for the disappearance of two Chechen civilians. In the cases of Akhmed Rezvanov and Ramzan Babushev, the ECHR found Russia responsible for the disappearances of the two men in 2002 and 2003, respectively, fining Russia €90,000. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Thursday urged the UN General Assembly to establish an independent international tribunal to investigate and try suspects in a recent series of deadly bombings. Talabani said that the scope and nature of the August 19 bombing of the foreign and finance ministries that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia has denied the habeas corpus petition of Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainee Sufiyan Barhoumi, according to a Thursday Miami Herald report. Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in a still-classified opinion that the US may continue detaining Barhoumi, who is accused of training with …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Several demonstrations at the Pittsburgh Group of 20 (G-20) Summit turned violent Thursday afternoon and late evening as protesters clashed with police. In the city's Oakland neighborhood, home of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, police in riot gear cleared protesters and student onlookers [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report] from an area around Phipps Conservatory, where President …

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by Brian Jackson

The European Commission (EC) said Thursday that Poland and Estonia cannot issue new carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances, despite a court victory on Wednesday. The announcement was made by EC Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas, who indicated that the larger allowances proposed by the two nations must be approved by the EC prior to implementation. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Solicitor General Elena Kagan told the Supreme Court in a letter filed Thursday that the US plans to transfer up to eight Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees to Palau and that six have already agreed to the transfer. According to the letter, the government of Palau is willing to accept …

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by Brian Jackson

The US and Switzerland signed a treaty Wednesday that would increase the amount of information shared between the two nations on would-be tax evaders. The agreement was constructed in accordance with Article 26 of the Model Tax Convention, which states in relevant part:The competent authorities of the Contracting States shall exchange such information as is …

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