Legal news from Thursday, June 27, 2013

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Thursday welcomed [statement] a regional agreement announced Wednesday to deter piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government [All Africa report] closed with the adoption of the International Maritime Organization [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] Convicted terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as 'Carlos the Jackal' [BBC profile], on Wednesday lost an appeal of his conviction for taking part in four bombings in France in 1982 and 1983, including two bombings that took place in Marseilles on New Year's Eve in 1983. A total … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Wednesday issued a statement [text] directing the California Department of Public Health (DPH) [official website] to instruct the state's counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who are seeking them. The licenses, however, will not be issued until the US … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] issued its final orders [order list, PDF] of the term Thursday, granting certiorari in two cases, and sending several controversial cases back to lower courts for reconsideration. In White v. Woodall [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider jury instructions in a … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday urged member states to intensify measures against torture [statement] in commemoration of the UN's 15th annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (IDSVT) [official website]. Ban also encouraged member states to recognize the 25th anniversary of the UN Committee … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Christof Heyns on Wednesday condemned [press release] the Nigerian government for the alleged execution of four men in the State of Edo [official website]. Heyns voiced his concern "that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Wednesday began public hearings in the ongoing legal dispute between Australia and Japan over Japanese whaling near Antarctica. Australia argued [AFP report] at Wednesday's hearing that Japan is in violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling [materials] … [read more]

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