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Legal news from Thursday, January 16, 2014

[JURIST] A special UN event on Wednesday warned that the world must learn from the consequences of failing to respond to the events in Rwanda that preceded the genocide [UN backgrounder] there 20 years ago in order to prevent such things from happening in the future. Speaking to attendees at … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday called for [press release] South Sudan [JURIST backgrounder] leaders, the African Union (AU) [official website] and the UN to support an international commission of inquiry to investigate targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, said, … [read more]

[JURIST] Britain's High Court [official website] ruled on Thursday that Google [corporate website] can be sued by British citizens in the UK despite Google's arguments that the case does not fall under British jurisdiction. The company is being sued for breach of privacy [UK Independent report] by over 100 users … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce [official websites] reported [press release] on Wednesday that maritime pirate attacks have reached their lowest levels in six years, dropping 40 percent since 2011. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, attributes the decrease in attacks … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian voters on Thursday approved the new military-backed constitution, by a margin of over 90 percent, according to unofficial results released Thursday by individual election committees throughout the country. According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, new constitution garnered [Ahram Online report] 97.57 percent "yes" votes and 1.48 percent "no" votes … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of four Hezbollah [START backgrounder] members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and 21 others in 2005 began [press release] Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder].The trial … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a challenge to health insurance subsidies available to people in states that declined to establish their own online marketplaces under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In McCullen v. Coakley [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court is considering a Massachusetts law that establishes "buffer zones" for abortion clinics. The buffer zone [Planned Parenthood backgrounder] creates a protected area outside … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] attendees of the fifth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) [official website] to "ensure that people suspected of committing international crimes and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday made an oral ruling [ICC materials] that Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] may be conditionally excused from attending his trial on a continuous basis. The Trial Chamber enjoys discretion under Article … [read more]

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