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Legal news from Tuesday, August 21, 2012

[JURIST] The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website; press release] announced Tuesday that the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 [text] has received its final two required ratifications and will go into effect in 12 months. The Convention is a comprehensive range of labor standards [UN News Centre report] and a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Australian state of Tasmania moved closer to passing a ban on circumcision [NIH backgrounder] after the Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) [official website] issued a report [text, PDF] on Tuesday recommending that the state ban circumcision except for well-established religious and ethnic reasons. In the report, the TLRI … [read more]

[JURIST] Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday that he will ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] to overturn an injunction barring enforcement of the state's voter identification law [text, PDF] in advance of the November elections. A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of South Korea on Tuesday rejected a proposal [press release] by Japan to have the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon [official website] ruled in favor of the Vatican on Monday by holding that priests are not employees of the Holy See [official website], the ecclesiastical, governmental and administrative capital of the Roman Catholic Church. The 10-year-old case … [read more]

[JURIST] A member of the the German Pirate Party [NPR backgrounder] filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights [official website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) [text, PDF] when it issued a regulation limiting power plants' emissions that cross state lines. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Hampshire [official website] on Tuesday revoked class action status [opinion, PDF] in a lawsuit challenging the labeling of "light" cigarettes. The plaintiff, Karen Lawrence, filed the lawsuit in 2002 alleging that Philip Morris, Inc. [corporate website] deliberately misled consumers to believe that "light" cigarettes … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania ruled Tuesday that the July 29 national referendum to remove President Traian Basescu [official websites, in Romanian] from office is invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The ruling confirms [Reuters report] the findings of the national electoral … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] urged [press release] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday sought a life sentence for former Bosnian Serb army commander Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case materials], who served under Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] during the Bosnian civil war. Tolimir is being tried … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Uganda is harassing and intimidating rights groups and other non-government organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] 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 [BBC … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors on Tuesday urged an appeals court not to hear the appeal of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] struck down [opinion, PDF] several provisions of Alabama's controversial immigration law [HB 56, PDF] on Monday while upholding a few sections of the law. The court also rejected part of Georgia's immigration law [HB 87, text]. The appeals … [read more]

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell [official website] announced on Monday that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has approved the state's new voter identification law [materials]. The DOJ found that the new law does not violate the Voting Rights Act [text]. Virginia had previously required ID at the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday rejected [opinion, PDF] Argentina's attempt to prevent bondholders from acquiring bank documents regarding the country's assets outside US territory. To no avail, Argentina asserted [Reuters report] that its sovereign immunity was affected by a September 2011 … [read more]

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