Legal news from Friday, October 21, 2011

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Thursday announced plans to develop standards for the disposal of wastewater [press release] from the process of hydraulic fracturing [EPA backgrounder]. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground to create … [read more]

[JURIST] The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a complaint [text, PDF] in the Surrey Provincial Court on behalf of four men against former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] on torture charges [press release]. Bush was in Surrey on Thursday to attend … [read more]

[JURIST] The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit [complaint, text] Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court [official website] challenging Wisconsin's new voter identification law as a violation of the Wisconsin Constitution [text, PDF]. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief in challenging the constitutionality of parts of Wisconsin … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called for a full investigation into the killing [JURIST report] of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday. Rupert Colville, the spokesman for UN … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] brought by group of 10 congressmen alleging that US President Barack Obama [official websites] violated Article I Section 8 [Cornell LII backgrounder] and the 1973 War Powers Resolution … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Queen's Court Bench of Alberta [official website] has granted legal rights to a non-biological father of a child—the ex-partner of the biological father—over the biological father in a child custody case. While the judge stated that the biological father, identified as "H", would remain the … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights for the West Bank and Gaza Strip [UNICEF backgrounder], Richard Falk called Thursday, called [press release] for better guidelines on the treatment of Palestinian youth [UN News Centre report] arrested by the Israeli military. in a report to the General Assembly's human rights … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs Patricia O'Brien on Thursday urged the government of Cambodia to refrain from interfering with the UN-backed tribunal tasked with trying those alleged responsible for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder]. In a meeting in … [read more]

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