Legal news from Monday, November 14, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced concern [UN News Centre report] on Friday regarding recent events in Egypt, "including the military trial and jailing of a blogger/activist." The blogger, Alaa Abdel Fattah, was imprisoned [JURIST report] by Egypt's Supreme Council of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egypt Supreme Administrative Court on Monday suspended [Al Ahram report] a verdict handed down last week by the Mansoura Administrative Court that prohibited former officials of the National Democratic Party (NDP) to participate in the upcoming election. As a result, most of the officials who joined other parties … [read more]

[JURIST] The presidents of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Friday told the UN General Assembly [official websites] that the tribunals are in need of experienced staff to complete their work [UN News Centre report]. The presidents warned … [read more]

[JURIST] The Republic of Equatorial Guinea [official website, in Spanish] held a referendum [press release, Spanish] on Sunday that would institute a number of changes to the country's constitution [text, in Spanish]. The proposed reforms include a limit on the number of terms a president can serve, the creation of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed Monday to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. The court granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three separate cases, reserving five-and-half-hours for oral argument on the issue. The court agreed to … [read more]

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