Legal news from Thursday, November 15, 2012
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] has agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties and to plead guilty [plea agreement, PDF] to felony misconduct for its role in the devastation caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The German Finance Ministry [official website, in German] on Thursday gave final approval to amendments to the Luxembourg Agreement [text, PDF, in German] that will increase compensation to surviving victims [press release, in German] of the Nazi regime. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble signed the amended agreement at a [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore [official website] pledged [official statement] Thursday to bring "legal clarity" to Ireland's abortion laws following the death of Savita Halappanavar [BBC report], a 31-year-old dentist who was denied a potentially life saving abortion. Ireland, a traditionally Catholic nation, has some of the most [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Six Pennsylvania judges filed suit [complaint, PDF] challenging a section of the state constitution [text] which requires all justices and judges of Pennsylvania to retire at the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 70. The plaintiffs argue that this requirement is in violation [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urged [statement] nations around the globe to carry out the rulings made by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Speaking before 500 high-level officials at a ceremony for the tenth anniversary of the ICC, Ban praised the court [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar [JURIST news archive] announced on Wednesday that it has freed 452 prisoners ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama [official profile]. Myanmar's state-run media reported that the government has released the prisoners on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture by the nation. However, Myanmar's main [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UN internal review panel (IRP) released a report [text, PDF; press release] on Wednesday stating that the UN failed to meet its responsibilities at the end of and in the aftermath of the Sri Lanka war which ended in 2009. The report raises many concerns regarding the UN's [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Women displaced by conflict in Colombia are facing rape and domestic violence as well as obstacles in obtaining health care, protection and legal remedies, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday. The report states that the four million women who [read more]

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