Legal news from Wednesday, April 20, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in United States v. Jicarilla Apache Indian Nation [oral arguments transcript, PDF] on whether the attorney-client privilege entitles the US to withhold from an Indian tribe confidential communications between the government … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF] the nation's Digital Economy Act (DEA) [text and materials], aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. Justice Kenneth Parker dismissed four of the five challenges [claim, PDF] brought in July by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday urged an end [judgment, PDF] to the practice of "honor killing" [AI backgrounder], calling the customary ritual "wholly illegal." The court said that officials who are aware of the practice before or after it occurs and do not report it … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy deported a Tunisian national and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Wednesday for his connections to an extremist group that had planned various acts of terrorism in the country. Accompanied by Italian officials, Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials] was taken by plane to his native country under … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Sossamon v. Texas [Cornell LII Backgrounder] that states do not consent to waive their sovereign immunity to private suits for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) [42 … [read more]

[JURIST] Belgian prosecutors announced Wednesday that police in Belgium arrested Rwandan Mathias Bushishi Monday for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Police arrested Bushishi [RFI report] on an international arrest warrant [Interpol warrant] that includes charges of war crimes and genocide. Bushishi is accused … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] spoke Tuesday to the Constituent Assembly of Nepal (CA) [official website] about several human rights issues in the country, including a reluctance to prosecute war crimes and insufficient progress increasing women's rights [texts, PDF]. The Office of the … [read more]

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