LEGAL NEWS & COMMENTARY

Stefan De Keersmaecker, the European Commission‘s Public Health and Food Safety Spokesperson, said Monday that Brussels has initiated legal proceedings against AstraZeneca over its delayed supply of COVID-19 vaccines. AstraZeneca delivered 50 million fewer vaccinations to the EU than stipulated in the contract between AstraZeneca and the EU. The Advance Purchase Agreement was published last [...]

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The US Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on Thursday with an overwhelmingly bi-partisan 94-1 vote, acknowledging the increase in discriminatory acts towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill if enacted into law will establish a new position within the US Department of Justice to “facilitate the [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday reported a global decline in state executions in 2020 due to the pandemic. The report details a global review of death penalty rates from January 2020 through December 2020, which fell by 26% as compared to 2019. Despite the trend, many countries — including Egypt and the United States — significantly [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – As a second wave of COVID-19 rages across India, with more than a million new infections officially reported in the past few days, JURIST staff correspondent Neelabh Bist files his first letter from Delhi reflecting on the profound constitutional challenge the surge of disease represents for India’s courts in their relationship to [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday: Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and Sanchez v. Mayorkas. These cases will determine which Alaskan native groups are eligible to receive COVID-19 relief funds and will impact tens of thousands of immigrants living and working in the US under a [...]

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Yesterday, the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple testified before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee in a hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power.” As Congress takes up the question of market power in the tech sector, the time is ripe to consider the issue in our broader economy. For decades, corporations in a [...]

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With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of retreat in nearly 180 countries across the globe, the race for discovering the vaccine for it is ongoing at a hysterical pace. Scientists and Medical Institutions around the world are working day and night to find a cure. While major pharmaceutical companies around the world have locked [...]

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