World Legal News

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected Italy’s request for referral in Marcello Viola v. Italy, making the judgement in the case final. The court, in June, held that Italy violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights by imposing an irreducible sentence of life imprisonment on Marcello Viola for Mafia-type [...]

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Amnesty International called Wednesday for Turkish and Kurdish forces to respect international humanitarian law in Syria. The statement came after “ Turkish government spokesman said on Wednesday that the USA had given them the green light to carry out a military offensive against Kurdish forces.” Amnesty called for both Turkish and Kurdish forces to respect [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Tuesday for changes to Australian migration and asylum laws. In a speech at the Australian Human Rights Commission conference, Bachelet called for a national conversation to develop a platform to be presented at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review in front of the UN Human Rights Council. The [...]

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The US and Japan signed a trade agreement Monday that will eliminate or reduce tariffs on certain agricultural and industrial products “to enhance bilateral trade in a robust, stable, and mutually beneficial manner” between the two countries. Japan’s commitment includes elimination or reduction of tariffs on an additional $7.2 billion of US food and agricultural [...]

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The Scottish Parliament on Thursday passed the Children Equal Protection from Assault bill, making it the first country in the UK to criminalize physical punishment of children. This bill removes the defense of reasonable chastisement, which is currently used on occasions when a parent assaults their child. The removal of the defense, however, does not [...]

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Embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday announced a new proposal for governing the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland following the potential withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU. In a speech to the House of Commons, Johnson outlined five elements of his proposal. The first element of Johnson’s proposal is to continue [...]

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The Court of Justice of the European Union, issued a preliminary ruling Thursday stating that Polish courts could strike out language in foreign-held mortgage contracts that unfairly used currency exchange rates to disadvantage borrowers, even if doing so would completely annul the mortgage contract. In 2008 two Polish borrowers, Kamil Dziubak and Justyna Dziubak, signed [...]

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The High Court in Belfast held Thursday that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws violate European Convention on Human Rights Article 8, which protects the right to respect for private and family life. The High Court’s decision follows a UK Supreme Court (UKSC) ruling from 2018, which found Northern Ireland’s abortion laws to be too strict. Mrs [...]

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A UK High Court judge on Wednesday resolved a legal battle between India and Pakistan that has lasted more than 70 years. The dispute revolved around the 1 million pounds that Nizam VII, then-monarch of Hyderabad, transferred to a British bank in 1948 to support the newly-established Pakistan. Pakistan contended that the money was compensation [...]

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