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Legal news from Monday, March 5, 2018
by Erik Slobe

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment called on the international community Monday to recognize that people have the right to a healthy environment. John Knox presented a report on the framework principles of "human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment" to the …

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by Erik Slobe

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution on Monday calling for the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to "urgently conduct a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the recent events in Eastern Ghouta." The resolution passed with a vote of 29-4 with 14 abstaining. Those voting against the resolution …

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by Patrick Sherry

The US Supreme Court on Monday held that the US government had the authority to bring an action against New Mexico alleging that they violated the Rio Grande Compact, an agreement between Colorado, Texas and New Mexico to perpetuate the equitable division of water from the Rio Grande River. The compact, approved by Congress in 1939, requires …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in US Bank National Association v. Village at Lakeridge that the correct standard of review for determining whether an individual is an "insider" for bankruptcy proceeding purposes is clear error. The case involves a purchase of a claim against a debtor, Robert Rabkin, who had a romantic …

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by Autumn Callan

Legal counsel for the Philippine government asked the Supreme Court on Monday to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno over allegations that she did not properly declare her assets. The move is the latest against Justice Sereno, who last year was targeted for impeachment by President Rodrigo Duterte when he accused her of …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Knick v. Scott Township [cert. petition, PDF; docket], petitioner challenges a doctrine that requires state remedies to be exhausted in constitutional takings before being allowed to file a federal lawsuit. Knick, the owner of land in Pennsylvania, was subject to an ordinance …

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