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Legal news from Monday, December 3, 2012
by Blake Lynch

The Ivory Coast could face ongoing violence and be deprived of justice if human rights offenders are not prosecuted, a senior UN rights official warned Monday. While visiting the city of Abidjan, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic met with area officials to discuss the delayed investigatory process that has followed in the wake …

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by Brandon Gatto

Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council on Monday agreed to oversee a national referendum on the country's new constitution. The Council, which is Egypt's highest administrative body overseeing the courts, plans to delegate judges to monitor the nation's constitutional referendum, and about 10,000 judges are needed. This decision comes after the Supreme Constitutional Court [official website, in …

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by Addison Morris

The Chief Judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Friday that Somalia's territorial waters extend no more than 12 miles from shore, concluding that the US has jurisdiction to prosecute a band of pirates accused of murdering four Americans in 2011. The attack took place approximately 40 miles off the coast …

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by Daniel Mullen

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearings on Monday regarding a longtime border dispute between Chile and Peru. Peru first filed its application with the ICJ in 2008 alleging that Chile refused to enter into negotiations over the disputed maritime border and requesting that the ICJ resolve the dispute. …

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by Benjamin Minegar

UK authorities led by Home Secretary Theresa May on Monday challenged a UK immigration decision that effectively blocked Jordanian extradition requests for Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. Qatada is wanted in Jordan on in absentia convictions of organizing and encouraging bomb attacks in 1999 and 2000, but the UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Kosovo authorities called Sunday for an investigation into the work of former UN chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte for her role in bringing war crimes charges against former Kosovo prime minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj. Del Ponte, a Swiss lawyer, worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former …

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