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Legal news from Tuesday, August 21, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) announced Tuesday that the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 has received its final two required ratifications and will go into effect in 12 months. The Convention is a comprehensive range of labor standards and a seafarers' bill of rights covering decent working conditions and health …

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by Max Slater

The Australian state of Tasmania moved closer to passing a ban on circumcision after the Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) issued a report on Tuesday recommending that the state ban circumcision except for well-established religious and ethnic reasons. In the report, the TLRI argued that circumcision should be banned in most instances because …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen announced on Tuesday that he will ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn an injunction barring enforcement of the state's voter identification law in advance of the November elections. A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court ruled last month that …

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by Max Slater

The government of South Korea on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Japan to have the International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolve an ongoing territorial dispute between the two countries regarding a group of islands to which each nation claims possession. The islands, known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, are believed to …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled in favor of the Vatican on Monday by holding that priests are not employees of the Holy See, the ecclesiastical, governmental and administrative capital of the Roman Catholic Church. The 10-year-old case was brought by a Seattle-area man who has accused the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A member of the the German Pirate Party filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights challenging a German law that requires pre-paid cell phone purchasers to provide valid identification with each purchase. Patrick Breyer, who filed the suit, believes that the law violates the right to privacy protected by the …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) when it issued a regulation limiting power plants' emissions that cross state lines. The court ruled that the regulation, known as the Transport …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire on Tuesday revoked class action status in a lawsuit challenging the labeling of "light" cigarettes. The plaintiff, Karen Lawrence, filed the lawsuit in 2002 alleging that Philip Morris, Inc. deliberately misled consumers to believe that "light" cigarettes decreased health risks. The case was granted class action status …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Constitutional Court of Romania ruled Tuesday that the July 29 national referendum to remove President Traian Basescu from office is invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The ruling confirms the findings of the national electoral bureau, which finalized the national turnout rate at 46 percent …

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by Max Slater

The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice urged the government of Tunisia on Tuesday to ensure that women's rights are protected in line with the nation's international human rights obligations. Kamala Chandrakirana, the head of the UN Working Group, expressed concern that Tunisia's new constitution [text, …

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by Matthew Pomy

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday sought a life sentence for former Bosnian Serb army commander Zdravko Tolimir, who served under Ratko Mladic during the Bosnian civil war. Tolimir is being tried on charges of genocide and war crimes for his involvement …

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by Max Slater

The government of Uganda is harassing and intimidating rights groups and other non-government organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Curtailing Criticism: Intimidation and Obstruction of Civil Society in Uganda," documents the ways in which the administration of President Yoweri Museveni has been cracking down on dissent. According to the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Ukrainian prosecutors on Tuesday urged an appeals court not to hear the appeal of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in her corruption trial. Prosecutors told the court that Tymoshenko's trial had already established her guilt in the case, and asked the judges to let stand a seven-year prison sentence in the case. …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit struck down several provisions of Alabama's controversial immigration law on Monday while upholding a few sections of the law. The court also rejected part of Georgia's immigration law. The appeals court blocked four sections of HB 56, including a provision …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced on Monday that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the state's new voter identification law. The DOJ found that the new law does not violate the Voting Rights Act. Virginia had previously required ID at the polls but had allowed citizens to vote without ID if …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday rejected Argentina's attempt to prevent bondholders from acquiring bank documents regarding the country's assets outside US territory. To no avail, Argentina asserted that its sovereign immunity was affected by a September 2011 ruling by the US District Court for the …

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