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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev [official website] on Tuesday vetoed [statement, in Bulgarian] an anti-corruption measure adopted last month by the country's National Assembly [official website]. The Law for Counteracting Corruption and Forfeiture of the Unlawfully Acquired Property [materials, in Bulgarian], adopted by the National Assembly on December 20, would have created a single commission charged with investigating high government officials for graft and conflicts of interest. In vetoing the measure, Radev said that the law "not only does not provide...
The Parliament of Uganda [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] that President Yoweri Museveni [official website] has assented to a controversial bill [text, PDF] removing the presidential age limit of 75 years. Section 102 [text] of the Ugandan Constitution had previously required that a candidate for president be between the ages of thirty-five and seventy-five. The latter provision was especially relevant to Museveni, who at 73 would be precluded from seeking another term in 2023 if Section 102(b) remained...
Israel's legislature, the Knesset, passed a constitutional amendment [text, in Hebrew] Tuesday regarding status of land in the city of Jerusalem, now requiring a large majority vote of the Knesset to cede any land in Jerusalem to a foreign party. The amendment was passed by a vote of 64 to 51 with one abstaining vote. The amendment affects Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the part of the constitutional laws designated Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel [text]. Section 5...
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: A group of UN human rights experts denounced [UN report] on Thursday the grant of pardon to former Peru President Alberto Fujimori, calling it a "'slap in the face' to victims of human rights abuses." According to the experts The presidential pardon granted to Alberto Fujimori on politically motivated grounds undermines the work of the Peruvian judiciary and the international community to achieve justice. [more] US District Judge Tanya Chutkan [official...
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: A judge on Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that those challenging the state's 2011 congressional map in League of Women Voters v. [more] [JURIST] The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [offical website] upheld [opinion, PDF] an injunction against President Trump's third travel ban [JURIST news archive] last Friday. The three-judge panel stated that under the Immigration and Nationality Act [materials], the President must first...
The lower house of parliament of India, the Lok Sabha [official website], on Thursday passed a bill [text, PDF] criminalizing the practice of triple talaq or "instant divorce" whereby a Muslim man could divorce his wife by merely uttering the word "talaq" three times at one go. Titled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act of 2017 (the Act), the Act declares that "Any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or...
A judge on Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that those challenging the state's 2011 congressional map in League of Women Voters v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania [docket] failed to provide a sufficient standard for determining whether a redistricting plan is unconstitutional or merely political. Judge P. Kevin Brobson [official profile] issued the court's assessment of the record evidence, testimony and expert opinion presented during a five day trial in early December. Brobson noted that, although...
The US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday permanently enjoined [order, PDF] Arizona from enforcing its ban on ethnic studies in public schools within the state. More specifically, the court blocked the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent) and the State Board of Education (State Board) [official websites] from enforcing §15-112 [text] of the Arizona Revised Statutes, which effectively forced the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) [official website] to shut down its Mexican American Studies...
A group of UN human rights experts denounced [UN report] on Thursday the grant of pardon to former Peru President Alberto Fujimori, calling it a "'slap in the face' to victims of human rights abuses." According to the experts The presidential pardon granted to Alberto Fujimori on politically motivated grounds undermines the work of the Peruvian judiciary and the international community to achieve justice. It is also a major setback for the rule of law in Peru: a humanitarian pardon...
Alabama certified [Results, pdf] Democrat Doug Jones’ special election win over Republican Roy Moore Thursday, rejecting Moore’s Wednesday bid to halt such certifications and proceed with an investigation into election fraud. In a last ditch effort Wednesday night, Moore filed suit [complaint, pdf] in the Alabama State Circuit Court of Montgomery County [official website] asking for the Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill [official website] to hold off certifying the results of the December 12 election, and upon investigation,...
The US and Germany embassies released a statement [text] on Wednesday urging China to release human rights activist Wu Gan, known as the "Super Vulgar Butcher," who was sentenced to imprisonment for eight years for undermining governmental authority. According to the statement, the countries are both "deeply disappointed" by the imprisonment of Wu Gan [official profile], as well as human rights attorney Xie Yang [JURIST report], who was released in May. Both were convicted on subversion charges; however, upon Yang's...
Former Peru President Alberto Fujimori was pardoned [press release] by President Pedro Pablo Kuzynski on Sunday after serving almost half of a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses and corruption committed during his authoritarian regime in the 1990s. Fijumori, now 79 years old, received a medical pardon after being diagnosed with arrhythmia and tongue cancer. On Tuesday, he issued a public apology for his past wrongdoings, which was his first acknowledgment of his transgressions. Fijumori was found guilty [JURIST...
The cities of New York, San Francisco, and Philadelphia filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] on Friday against the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] for its failure to report criminal conviction records in the military justice system needed for the national gun background-check database. The support for filing the lawsuit comes after the US Air Force revealed [NPR report] that it failed to report the criminal record of a man who killed numerous people, and injured many others, in...
[JURIST] The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [offical website] upheld [opinion, PDF] an injunction against President Trump's third travel ban [JURIST news archive] last Friday. The three-judge panel stated that under the Immigration and Nationality Act [materials], the President must first "make a legally sufficient finding that the entry of the specified individuals would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States.'" The panel found that the President, even in light of the review period [JURIST report]...
[JURIST] Over the course of the past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions [official website] has revoked [DOJ press release] a total of 25 Obama-era Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines. Among them was a 2016 guideline [text, PDF] that advised local courts to not hand down or enforce unnecessary and excessive fines on those without the means to pay them. The 2016 guideline was initially put in place by Vanita Gupta [ACLU profile], the former head of the Civil Rights Division...
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan [official profile] on Saturday ruled [PDF, document] that the US must allow the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLUF) [official website] access to an American citizen being held in US military custody in Iraq. On or about September 12 of this year, the American detainee surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces whereupon he was transferred to the US Armed Forces where he has been held, without charges or counsel, as an enemy combatant for the last...
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: The Ugandan parliament voted on Wednesday to eliminate the presidential age limit [press release] of 75 years. [more] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday marked [official materials] its official closure with with a ceremony held in the Hague. [more] Polish President Andrzej Duda signed judicial reform legislation [materials, in Polish; materials, in Polish] Wednesday, placing control over the courts into the hands of the...
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: US President Donald Trump [official profile] signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [HR 1 materials] into law on Friday, making sweeping changes to US tax rates, exemptions and deductions. [more] US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday denied [order, PDF] the Trump Administration's bid to forestall transgender recruits from military service. Thursday's order merely denied the administration's plea to suspend an order by a federal judge in...
US President Donald Trump [official profile] signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act [HR 1 materials] into law on Friday, making sweeping changes to US tax rates, exemptions and deductions. At the signing ceremony, Trump touted [text] what he sees as the law's promise, including providing incentives to business to invest in capital projects, increasing take-home pay for American workers and protecting "the family farmers and small-business owners who lost their business because of the estate tax." Regarding the provision...
The US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], on Thursday, granted a preliminary injunction to block the Trump Administration's policy allowing employers with religious or moral objections to deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives. In issuing the court's order, US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. [official profile] ruled that defendants, the Department of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, failed to pursue a necessary notice and comment process before implementing the new policy, denying citizens...

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