Legal news from Tuesday, October 11, 2011
13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Blueford v. Arkansas [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the Double Jeopardy [Cornell LII backgrounder] clause prevents the re-prosecution of a greater offense after the jury announces voting for [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Syria has rejected calls from several nations for it to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to a report adopted Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official websites]. The report also includes a number of recommendations to the country aimed at improving its human rights record [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday overturned a ban that prohibited presidential hopeful Ayman Nour [BBC profile] from forming a political party and also prohibited the formation of the Islamic-based political party Al-Gama'a al-Islamiya [party website]. The decision will allow political parties [Reuters report] previously banned because of their religious [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Accused war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive] has been hospitalized suffering from pneumonia, his lawyers said Tuesday. Mladic is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on charges of genocide and war crimes allegedly committed during the Bosnian [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women [official website] Rashida Manjoo [official profile] appeared in front of the UN General Assembly [official website] Monday to urge states to fulfill their obligations to prevent violence against women. Presenting her report [text, PDF] on the pervasive, widespread violence against women throughout [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called [press release] on governments around the world to "intensify efforts to bring to justice those responsible for grave abuses" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder], highlighted by the UN's recent mapping report [PDF]. A full year after [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell [official profile] on Monday indicated Myanmar's civilian-led government is planning dramatic changes including releasing hundreds of political prisoners and consequential dialogue with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Journalists, lawyers and democracy advocates are among the detainees [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Liberty University [official website] on Friday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review its case against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder]. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] last month ruled [JURIST report] [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue [official website] on Monday condemned [press release] a law in Thailand that criminalizes insulting the country's royal family. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code [text] says that "whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir [read more]

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