Legal news from Sunday, November 3, 2013

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday established by Executive Order [text] a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force, with members including state, local and tribal officials and executive agencies, is to advise the federal government [White House fact sheet] on how to respond to … [read more]

[JURIST] Kosovo [official website] on Sunday held its first elections for mayors and local councilors since the country's secession from Serbia [official website]. The elections, facilitated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [official website], are mandated by the countries' 19 April Agreement [text, JURIST report], which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tunisian government on Sunday decided to prolong the nation's state of emergency, which has been in effect since opposition forces ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in 2011. Ben Ali fled Tunisia to Saudi Arabia in January 2011 during protests against … [read more]

[JURIST] A divided three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] violates the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause [LII backgrounder]. Before … [read more]

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