Legal news from Friday, January 25, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the recess appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] by President Barack Obama [official website] was unconstitutional. The Obama administration argued that the president's … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that common law couples do not have the same rights as married couple in Quebec. The case involves a common law couple with three children in which the mother filed suit for spousal support, "partition of the family … [read more]

[JURIST] Harvard law professor Vicki Jackson [academic profile] argued in a brief [text, PDF] filed Thursday that the US Supreme Court [official website] does not have the power to review the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive]. Upon agreeing to … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawmakers for the Sejm of the Republic of Poland [official website] on Friday dismissed three pieces of proposed legislation that would have given restricted legal rights to unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples by way of civil union. The legislation collectively sought to grant unmarried couples a means of official … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday praised [press release] a recent report [text, PDF] as "a groundbreaking basis for action against violence against women in India." The report advocates for reform in various aspects of Indian life including political, judicial and cultural. … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court ruled on Thursday that people have a right to claim money damages from service providers for disrupted Internet access. The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe [official website] declared [Reuters report] the Internet an "essential" part of life and, in accordance with German law which requires … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) [official website], Pakistan's principal agency to combat government corruption, to file a second set of criminal corruption charges against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf [BBC profile]. The charges [Pakistan Today report] are a response to accusations … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Friday approved the first reading of a bill that would ban the promotion of homosexuality among children. The bill, if passed, would likely ban any event in Russia that promotes gay rights [BBC report]. The bill would also impose stiff … [read more]

[JURIST] The British government introduced legislation [HC Bill 126, text] on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The bill would extend the UK's Marriage Act of 1949 [materials] to apply to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. The bill also contains exceptions [AP report] for clergy … [read more]

[JURIST] Rwandan genocide suspect Innocent Musabyimana was arrested Tuesday in France on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Rwandan officials issued an arrest warrant [UPI report] for Musabyimana in November. Prosecutors in Rwanda have requested that Musabyimana be extradited to Rwanda where he will stand trial for charges of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday approved [press release] a bill [H 5015, PDF] that would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 51-19 after a lengthy debate on the House floor. Rhode Island is currently the only state … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) [official website] on Thursday announced a disbursement of $1.3 billion [UN News Centre report] to two claimants who suffered damages during Iraq's invasion of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 1990. The two claimants were compensated for destruction of Kuwait's oil field assets. … [read more]

[JURIST] A collection of human rights groups and free-press advocates issued a joint statement [press release] Tuesday calling for the release of a journalist and three others who have been detained [Al Jazeera report] in Somalia following one woman's claim of rape by government security forces. Amnesty International (AI), Human … [read more]

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