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The US Supreme Court Tuesday heard oral arguments in Merrill v. Milligan to determine whether Alabama’s 2021 redistricting plan for the US House of Representatives violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The lawsuit first arose back in November 2021 when Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the congressional plan allowing one majority Black [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday granted certiorari in nine new cases, including two cases on liability shields for online platforms. In Gonzalez v. Google, the court is asked to consider the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which broadly shields online platforms from liability for content posted by the platforms’ users. Reynaldo [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights Tuesday ruled that Belgium did not violate the rights of a person suffering from depression by allowing her to proceed with a medically assisted euthanasia procedure. In 2012, 64-year-old Godelieva de Troyer decided to end her life with the assistance of an oncologist after she suffered from severe depression [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday heard its first oral arguments of the term in Sackett v. EPA over whether wetlands are “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The controversy arose in 2007 when “without a CWA permit, —who operated a commercial construction and excavation business—dumped approximately 1700 cubic yards of [...]

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James Ekin is a UK staff correspondent for JURIST.  New UK Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis CBE MP has been discussing human rights reform at the annual Conservative Party Conference that kicked off on Sunday in Birmingham. Speaking to a Policy Exchange forum, he declared that in Britain “we have something very proud of, which is [...]

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Ninety-two people have been killed in the nationwide protests that were sparked following the death of Mahsa Amini, Iran Human Rights reported on Sunday. Amini was arrested by the Tehran police on September 14 for wearing an “improper” hijab. Amini’s family found out she had been taken to the hospital in a coma two hours [...]

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Seven months into Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, amid mounting evidence of Russian battlefield losses, Putin announced his country’s latest annexation of four territories. In a rambling speech that alternately sought legitimacy for the annexations in the UN Charter and railed against Western colonialism and transgender rights, the enigmatic Russian leader revealed a great deal about [...]

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The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Friday told Congress that it has not received all the documents required from the Trump Administration under the Presidential Records Act. On September 13 the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to the NARA and expressed concerns that unreturned confidential documents could pose a [...]

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Ukrainian law students and young lawyers are reporting for JURIST on developments in and affecting Ukraine. This dispatch is from Anastasiia Rozvadovska, a law graduate from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv currently pursuing her LL.M. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  People in Ukraine are returning to long-forgotten methods of heating due [...]

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Billionaire founder and former CEO of JD.com Richard Liu Sunday settled a civil lawsuit against him in which he was accused of raping a University of Minnesota student in 2018. The jury trial was to begin on Monday at 8:00AM. In a joint statement, the parties said the case has “consumed substantial public attention and [...]

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