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World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 6 January 2018

[JURIST] Here's the international legal news we covered this week:

The legal world is a busy place.
The Oslo District Court [official website, in Norwegian] ruled [judgment, PDF, in Norwegian] Thursday that the government may allow Arctic drilling.

The ruling was a defeat for environmental groups Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic [advocacy websites, in Norwegian], which had argued that allowing the drilling would violate the country's obligations under the Paris Agreement [materials] on climate change as well as the Norwegian Constitution [text, PDF].

The groups had sued the government to invalidate drilling licenses.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday urged [press release] Iranian authorities to investigate all deaths and injuries stemming from the recent protests.
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Tuesday that the Trump administration must release or conduct bond hearings for 1,444 detained Iraqi immigrants.

In a followup to his July nationwide stay [JURIST report] protecting the detainees from deportation, US District Judge Mark Goldsmith held that unless the government can show that a detainee poses an unreasonable risk of flight or danger to the community, they should be allowed to return to their productive life while the legal process unfolds.

The Parliament of Uganda [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that President Yoweri Museveni [official website] has assented to a controversial bill [text, PDF] removing the presidential age limit of 75 years.

Section 102 [text] of the Ugandan Constitution had previously required that a candidate for president be between the ages of thirty-five and seventy-five.

Israel's legislature, the Knesset, passed a constitutional amendment [text, in Hebrew] Tuesday regarding status of land in the city of Jerusalem, now requiring a large majority vote of the Knesset to cede any land in Jerusalem to a foreign party.

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