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Gambia initiates ICJ proceedings against Myanmar over Rohingya 'genocide'
The Gambia filed a case against Myanmar with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday alleging that Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya ethnic group, in violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Cri (More)
Supreme Court hears arguments in federal maritime law, copyright cases
The US Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases Tuesday. CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co. asks about standards in federal maritime law regarding safe-berth clauses in voyage charter contracts. The respondent argued that sa (More)
HRW: Uganda police cracking down on student protests over fee increases
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday that the Ugandan police and military have responded harshly to students protesting fee increases at Makerere University in Kampala. It is reported that the police and military have "fired teargas into student (More)
The E-Cig Emergency
Over the past several years, the use of e-cigarettes has increased greatly. While the original demographic for e-cigarettes was intended to be legal adults who already smoked traditional cigarettes, these numbers seem to be higher amongst a younger p (More)
Federal appeals court upholds gag order against Roger Stone and his family
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld a district court's gag order against Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone and his family in criminal proceedings. Stone argued in front of the appeals court that the gag or (More)
Amnesty: Many African states not cooperating with human rights efforts
Amnesty International released their inaugural report on the performance of three regional human rights institutions in Africa on Monday, finding low compliance with the final decisions of the regional mechanisms. Although many states have consistent (More)
The ECHR and the 41-Bis Prison Regime in Italy: Weakening the Struggle Against Serious Crime or Strengthening Modern Principles of Prison Law?
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg rejected a request for referral under article 43 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) by Italy last week making the Chamber’s October 7th decision in the (More)
Spain Supreme Court jails Catalan separatist leaders
Spain's Supreme Court on Monday jailed nine Catalan separatists with sentences ranging from 9-13 years imprisonment for the crimes of sedition and misuse of public funds. These sentences are each followed by equal periods of absolute ineligibility fo (More)
Pro Bono in Germany: A Hybrid Solution to the Justice Gap Between Legal Aid and Private Practice
Institutionalized by big law firms since the 1980s in the United States, pro bono today has become a global phenomenon. Given its strong legal profession and market, a unique outlier is Germany, where pro bono is not completely legal. The challenge i (More)
UN rights chief urges changes to Australia migration and asylum laws
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 (More)