The President of the Republic of Mauritius Prithviraj Roopun appointed Rehana Bibi Mungly-Gulbul to the position of chief justice on Tuesday, marking the first time that a woman has ascended to the highest position in the Mauritian judiciary. Her appointment, which takes effect on November 18, comes as a result of a vacancy created at [...]

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The General Court of the European Union on Wednesday annulled two EU Council decisions regarding agricultural trade agreements with Morocco due to the lack of consent of affected local inhabitants in Morocco. The agreements concerned the disputed Western Sahara region. The first Council decision the court annulled concerned an agreement between the European Union and Morocco [...]

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The Republic of Armenia on Thursday initiated proceedings against the Republic of Azerbaijan at the International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ top judicial organ, over alleged violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) by Azerbaijani authorities. In its application, Armenia contended that “for decades, Azerbaijan has [...]

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The Land and Environment Court of New South Wales on Thursday ruled that the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) had failed in its duty to ensure the protection of the environment from climate change, and further ordered the environmental watchdog to develop “environmental quality objectives, guidelines and policies to ensure environment protection from climate [...]

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The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), China’s top internet watchdog, on Friday published a 30-point draft guideline which contained proposals forbidding companies from deploying algorithms that “encourage addiction or high consumption” and endanger national security or disrupt the public order. The draft guidelines, which aims to “safeguard national security and social public interests, protect the [...]

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The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeals on Friday issued a ruling reversing its prior judgement that had declared the death penalty unconstitutional. In a corrected ruling, seven of the nine judges that were part of the initial bench hearing the case distanced themselves from the original judgment, claiming that the judge who expressed the opinion [...]

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The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday found that Mauritius’ amendments to the National Identity Card Act 1985, which introduced a new ID card containing biometric information of the cardholder, violated the privacy rights of Mauritian citizens. The Committee held that there were no sufficient guarantees against the risk of abuse and arbitrariness following from [...]

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The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that employers can forbid their staff from wearing visible symbols of religious or political belief, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality. The Court decided on the matter following referrals from the Labour Court of Hamburg and the Federal Labour Court of Germany, which had [...]

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The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday indefinitely barred Mastercard, a payment operating company, from issuing new debit, credit or prepaid cards to customers in India over the company’s non-compliance with Indian rules on local data storage. The order, which is an exercise of the Central Bank’s supervisory powers under the Payment and Settlement Systems [...]

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Poland breached EU law by creating a disciplinary chamber for its judges at the Supreme Court of Poland, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday. The ECJ held that establishing the disciplinary chamber did not “provide all the guarantees of impartiality and independence, and, in particular, is not protected from the direct or [...]

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