World Legal News

The Taipei prison executed death row inmate Weng Jen-hsien on Wednesday after the Supreme Court convicted him of killing six people. Rights groups condemned the execution, stating the death penalty is a human rights violation and should be abolished. Weng was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew, nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers after setting [...]

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The UN General Assembly on Thursday unanimously agreed to a resolution urging international cooperation to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first resolution the assembly adopted since the outbreak. The resolution calls on international cooperation to “contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, including by exchanging information, scientific knowledge and best practices and by applying the [...]

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The Indian Parliament issued rules Wednesday that will allow non-Kashmiris to become permanent residents in Kashmir and Jammu. According to the new rules, anyone who has resided in Kashmir or Jammu for 15 years, or spent seven years studying in regional educational institutions and appeared in class 10 or 12 examinations, may become permanent residents. [...]

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The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe declared Nelson Chasima, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), illegitimate on Tuesday. The MDC is the largest opposition party in Zimbabwe. Thokozani Khuphe brought the lawsuit against the MDC and Chasima in 2018. Khuphe served as the MDC’s Deputy President for several years after the MDC’s Congress elected [...]

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Michal Bobek, Advocate General to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), published an opinion on Thursday stating that individual countries and cities could lawfully place restrictions on short-term rental housing, like that popularized on the platform AirBnb. Bobek wrote that “he objective of tackling a shortage of long-term housing can … constitute an overriding reason [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic failed to uphold their obligations regarding refugee quotas as required by law. The countries could face financial penalties for their actions. In 2015 EU leaders had established a refugee relocation program in response to the large numbers of asylum seekers [...]

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Thehe UK Supreme court ruled unanimously Wednesday that it will be forced to defer to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in cases involving EU law until Brexit is fully completed, placing the courts under EU jurisdiction. This ruling comes from a case involving input VAT deductions for supplies purchased in connection with the vitamin [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday in favor of Amazon in its landmark trademark dispute with the German wing of the international cosmetics giant Coty. The court found that “the mere storage by Amazon, in the context of its online marketplace (‘Amazon- Marketplace’), of goods which infringe trade mark rights does not constitute [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday reported evidence of two civilian deaths in Somalia from a US airstrike in February. The report details casualties from two separate airstrike attacks. On February 2, a family in the town of Jilib was eating dinner when a warhead struck their home. The report stated that, “Nurto Kusow Omar Abukar, an [...]

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