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Legal news from Monday, December 5, 2011
by Sung Un Kim

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo appeared before the Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday for an initial hearing. During the hearing the court verified Gbagbo's identity and ensured that he was informed of the four charges against him, including murder, persecution, inhumane acts, and rape and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd v. Novo Nordisk A/S, the court heard arguments on drug patents. When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a drug for multiple uses, the Hatch-Waxman Act allows generic drug …

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by Jerry Votava

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged global leaders to answer calls for the right to development. Ban's comments mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development, which declared that development was an inalienable right. Ban reminded leaders to create development opportunities and noted his plans to address …

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by Jamie Davis

Former second-in-command of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge regime on Monday denied responsibility for the deaths of around 1.7 million people during the regime's rule during the 1970s at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The trial against three former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, all charged with crimes against humanity, grave …

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by Jennie Ryan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Monday that Greece wrongly blocked the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a dispute over the use of the name "Macedonia." Greece objects to FYROM's use of "Macedonia" out of concern that the country will use …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Reichle v. Howards [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case dealing with qualified immunity. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, following an encounter with then-US vice president Dick Cheney. Petitioners had probable cause to arrest Howards, who …

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by Jennie Ryan

Seychelles President James Michel on Monday asked world leaders to address security problems in Somalia with greater urgency on Monday in order to lower the rate of Somali pirate attacks in the southern Indian Ocean. In letters to a number of leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Michel asked for raids [AP …

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