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Legal news from Friday, October 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Irish President Mary McAleese on Thursday signed the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon, completing the country's ratification process. Ireland has become the 26th nation to ratify the treaty, leaving the Czech Republic as the only one of the 27 member nations that has not yet done …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Spanish Congress of Deputies on Thursday gave final approval to a law limiting use of the country's universal jurisdiction statute to those offenses committed by or against Spaniards, or where the perpetrators are in Spain. The measure, which was approved …

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by Andrew Morgan

A French court on Thursday ruled that a woman cannot recover semen samples donated by her husband prior to his death. The High Court in the Western city of Rennes said that Fabienne Justel could not take her husband's sperm abroad to be used in an artificial insemination because it runs counter to a French law that …

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by Andrew Morgan

The New South Wales Supreme Court on Friday convicted five men were of conspiracy to do acts in preparation of terrorist attacks. The men, who cannot be named publicly due to other ongoing trials, were found guilty of having stockpiled ammunition and bomb-making materials in order to conduct a terrorist attack on an unspecified location …

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by Brian Jackson

Assistant US Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez said Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is committed to fighting discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation. One tool Perez indicated would be useful in this new endeavor is the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, currently under consideration in the House of Representatives [HR …

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by Ximena Marinero

The French Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down two articles in a small and medium enterprise (SME) access to credit law that would have legalized Islamic law compliant financial instruments in France. Socialist Party (PS) members of the National Assembly petitioned the court to …

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by Brian Jackson

A Russian historian who was researching his country's treatment of German prisoners of war during World War II was charged on Thursday with violating privacy laws. Mikhail Suprun was in the process of conducting research on the hardships faced by captured German soldiers and civilians held at prisons in Arkhangelsk, northeast of St. Petersburg, when he was …

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by Ximena Marinero

Turkish human rights and foreign relations are reportedly compromising the country's efforts toward European Union (EU) accession, receiving mixed reviews Wednesday in the European Commission's annual reports on enlargement strategy and candidate progress. According to the reports, "oncerns remain in a number of areas, including freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, …

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