Legal news from Monday, December 5, 2011

[JURIST] Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] appeared before the Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday for an initial hearing [ICC press release]. During the hearing the court verified Gbagbo's identity and ensured that he was informed of the four charges … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd v. Novo Nordisk A/S [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on drug patents. When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] approves a drug for … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday urged [statement] global leaders to answer calls for the right to development [press release]. Ban's comments mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development [text], which declared that development was an inalienable right. Ban reminded leaders … [read more]

[JURIST] Former second-in-command of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] 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) [official website]. The trial against three former leaders of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Monday that Greece wrongly blocked the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website] in a dispute over the use of the name "Macedonia." Greece objects to FYROM's use … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Reichle v. Howards [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case dealing with qualified immunity [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, following an encounter with then-US vice president … [read more]

[JURIST] Seychelles President James Michel [official profile] 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 [JURIST news archive] attacks in the southern Indian Ocean. In letters to a number of leaders, including US … [read more]

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