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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee  on Wednesday called for  for the Human Rights Council (HRC) to support an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC)  into alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya community. “I strongly recommend the persons allegedly responsible for the violations of international human rights law and [...]

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Poland’s parliament amended Wednesday the controversial February bill that criminalized speech suggesting Poland played a role in Holocaust atrocities. At Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki‘s urging , lawmakers convened for an emergency session to amend the four-month-old law. The original law imposed three-year prison sentences for statements that “publicly and against the facts ascribe responsibility or co-responsibility for the [...]

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The American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) filed a lawsuit in the US Court of International Trade  on Wednesday against the United States and US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan against steel tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump in March. The lawsuit seeks an order from the court enjoining the US from [...]

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Judge Dana Sabraw of the US District Court for the Southern District of California issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) practice of separating detained immigrant families. The court found “the extraordinary measure of a class-wide injunction warranted” since “the facts set forth before the court portray reactive governance — [...]

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth signed the European Union Withdraw Act on Tuesday, giving royal assent to withdraw the UK from the EU. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the Queen’s assent to the legislation. At the forefront, the Act repeals the European Communities Act of 1972 (ECA) , withdrawing the UK from the EU. The [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit  on Tuesday upheld Ohio’s rules for judicial campaigns, saying the rules “strike the delicate balance between the Constitution’s commands and the state’s desire to protect judicial integrity.” Canon 4 of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct places restrictions on judicial candidates’ funding and conduct. Among other [...]

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US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, effective July 31. In a letter to President Donald Trump, Kennedy wrote: For a member of the legal profession it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court. Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the [...]

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The General Court of the EU held Tuesday that the privately owned website “france.com” cannot be registered as a private trademark. The court found that the “conceptual similarity” with a French trademark of the same name prohibited the domain name from being considered a valid trademark. The decision comes after the private domain owner appealed [...]

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