Legal news from Tuesday, January 28, 2014

[JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] in the Netherlands on Tuesday overturned a 2011 order of the District Court that required two major Dutch Internet providers to block customers from a list of addresses linked to The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay is an open source torrent search … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett filed [text, PDF] a post-trial motion Monday in the legal battle over the state's voter identification law, alleging that the deciding judge in the case made "a host of mistakes." The motion alleges that Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official … [read more]

[JURIST] In response to the escalating civil unrest in the country, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned from office [press release] Tuesday as parliament repealed harsh anti-protest laws [text] passed earlier this month. "For the sake of a peaceful settlement of the conflict, I took my personal decision to ask … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Tuesday declined to review its controversial decision [JURIST report] to reinstate India Penal Code Section 377 [text] which criminalizes homosexuality in the country. Judges on India's high court dismissed petitions from government ministers and rights activists who argued the court's decision, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] on Monday approved [text, PDF] a citizen initiative to vote on an amendment to the state constitution on the legality of medical marijuana. In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that the ballot initiative met the requirements of the Florida Constitution, that … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European … [read more]

[JURIST] The Parliament of Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus [official website, in Turkish] passed a bill decriminalizing homosexual relations between men [text, PDF, in Turkish], making it the last European territory to do so. Like the anti-homosexuality laws of Isle of Man and Guernsey [JURIST op-eds], Northern Cyprus's law criminalizing homosexual relations … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday expressed grave concern [press release] regarding the continuing violence wracking Egypt in the wake of the three-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder]. Pillay encouraged both protesters and security forces to exercise restraint and renounce the … [read more]

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