Legal news from Thursday, October 6, 2011

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] advocate general Juliane Kokott on Thursday issued an opinion stating that an EU law forcing foreign airlines using EU airports to pay fees for greenhouse gas emissions is lawful [opinion, text]. Kokott said that the carbon emission fees do not violate … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [official profile] on Thursday issued a judgment urging political parties to stop financing criminal groups [order, PDF] responsible for increased violence in the city of Karachi. In the judicial decision, Chaudhry announced that militant groups have gained strength because of support … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday announced retrials will be given to 20 medical staff convicted last month of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. Dr. Ali al-Boainain, Bahrain's attorney general, stated that the department of public prosecution had studied the judgment rendered against the … [read more]

[JURIST] Derrick Bell, a leading legal scholar and the first tenured African-American professor at Harvard Law School [official website], died Wednesday in New York of carcinoid cancer. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bell graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law [official website] in 1957, the only African-American … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] an emergency motion to issue a temporary injunction on those portions of Alabama's recently passed immigration law [HB 56 text] that the same judge last week ruled did not meet the … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] released a report on Thursday calling for the Ivory Coast government to prosecute both sides [report, PDF] of the post-election violence [BBC backgrounder] equally. The violence began last November when Alassane Ouattara defeated incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profiles], but Gbagbo refused to cede … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered whether an employment discrimination claim can be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [text] … [read more]

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