Legal news from Thursday, April 24, 2014

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder]. The move follows [AP report] international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the … [read more]

[JURIST] Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant [official website] on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill [text], passed [JURIST report] earlier this month, allows [AP report] for an exception to … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Ivory Coast Doudou Diene on Wednesday called on [press release] authorities in the Ivory Coast to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) [official website]. Diene's statements follow the recent adoption of a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Oklahoma [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that two inmates' constitutional rights were not violated by keeping sources of lethal injection drugs secret. The 5-4 opinion affirmed [AP report] the district court's declaratory judgment that denied the prisoners relief and reversed the declaratory judgment that … [read more]

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