Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
AP: An Egyptian court suspended on Tuesday a government decision allowing military police and intelligence to arrest civilians, a setback for the country’s military rulers after the decree drew an outcry from opponents who accused them of trying to impose martial law.
Gulf News: The UAE’s Constitution is to undergo some amendments to enshrine complete independence of the judiciary and equality before the law, Gulf News has learnt.
NY Times: For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear just how sacrosanct that time off was until Thursday, when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.
Findlaw: That’s what led to a three-day conference in Beijing from May 28 to 30. The United States-China Intellectual Property Adjudication Conference was held at Renmin University in Beijing and had over 1,200 attendees, including business leaders, government officials and jurists.
Telegraph: Britain may give more millions more pounds to the controversial European Court of Human Rights, despite the Government’s promise to rein it in.
PressTV: “The authority the United States claims today could be used tomorrow by nations with fair less respect for the right to life in particular and human rights in general,” ACLU National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi warned. Shamsi said the U.S. had failed to establish any legal justification for the killings.
Wall Street Journal (via Google): The Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to dismiss Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani signals the unnatural death of another civilian government. While less dramatic than the military variety, this judicial coup—carried out on the pretext that Mr. Gilani refused to pursue corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari—perpetuates the cycle of unelected institutions “rescuing” Pakistanis from their own chosen leaders.
AP: Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani is disqualified from office after failing to open a corruption case against the country’s president.
Voice of America: Tempers flared and protesters took to the streets after Egypt’s constitutional court issued twin rulings that sparked anger and confusion just days ahead of a presidential run-off election.
Donald Rumsfeld at the Wall Street Journal (via Google): The Law of the Sea Treaty is as harmful today as it was when Reagan and Thatcher first opposed it in 1982 . . . When I met with Mrs. Thatcher in 1982, her conclusion on the treaty was unforgettable: “What this treaty proposes is nothing less than the international nationalization of roughly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface.” Then, referring to her battles dismantling Britain’s state-owned mining and utility companies, she added, “And you know how I feel about nationalization. Tell Ronnie I’m with him.”
Eric Posner: “The Absurd International Criminal Court: After 10 years and hundreds of millions of dollars, it has completed precisely one trial.”
Eric Posner at the Wall Street Journal (via Google): The court has been a failure. Although it has a staff of more than 700 and an annual budget in excess of $100 million, the ICC has so far completed precisely one trial—that of Thomas Lubanga, a commander in the civil war in Congo. It took three years and ended with a conviction on March 14, 2012. The appeals have not begun. A few other trials are ongoing or set to begin.
The Hill: The Defense Department is looking for a little help from its friends overseas as the Pentagon and White House try to break Senate opposition to an international treaty on maritime law.
Washington Post: A defense lawyer in Kuwait says a court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for Twitter posts deemed insulting to Islam and to the rulers of Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker Iii, Colin Powell And Condoleezza Rice at the Wall Street Journal: The Convention of the Law of the Sea is again under consideration by the U.S. Senate. If the U.S. finally becomes party to this treaty, it will be a boon for our national security and economic interests. U.S. accession will codify our maritime rights and give us new tools to advance national interests.
Chen Guangcheng at the NY Times: The fundamental question the Chinese government must face is lawlessness. China does not lack laws, but the rule of law. As a result, those who handled my case were able to openly flout the nation’s laws in many ways for many years.
Washington Post: For example, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) raised the prospect that “under this treaty, any country could sue the United States in the International Tribunal Law of the Sea, not in the U.S. courts, or take the U.S. before binding arbitration,” under provisions designed to “reduce and control pollution of the maritime environment.”
AP: Pakistani judges are often pressured to convict people accused under the country’s blasphemy laws that call for the death penalty for anyone insulting Islam, a special U.N. representative said Tuesday.
NY Times: So long has the “Law of the Sea” treaty been stalled on Capitol Hill that its opponents — a handful of conservative Republicans who view it as an infringement on American sovereignty — have taken to calling it “LOST, ” an uncharitable, if apt, acronym.
The Guardian: On Wednesday a representative of the country’s main spy agency said Afridi had got what he deserved when he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for conspiring against the state, for his role in trying to help the CIA track Osama bin Laden to his hideout in the garrison town of Abbottabad.
AP: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the nation’s top military leaders pleaded Wednesday for Senate approval of a long-spurned high seas treaty, arguing that the pact will boost U.S. national security and create much-needed American jobs.
Phyllis Schlafly at Townhall: The stunning repudiation of Sen. Richard Lugar’s, R-Ind., bid for a seventh term has sent shock waves through Washington’s internationalist lobby . . . Americans today are in no mood for subordinating U.S. sovereignty, plus seven-tenths of the world’s surface area, to another entangling global bureaucracy, so advocates are using Orwellian talking points to pretend that LOST would do the opposite.
Catholic Herald: As I write, news has come in that the Law Society has cancelled a forthcoming colloquium organised by Christian Concern, part of the World Congress of Families, on the subject, “One Man, One Woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society” and due to take place at the Law Society’s headquarters in Chancery Lane later this month.
LegalWeek.com: The Law Society has called off a conference that was set to debate gay marriage at its headquarters this month due to a conflict with the society’s “role in promoting diversity.”
AP: A prominent Russian gay rights activist was convicted on Friday of spreading “gay propaganda” among minors in the first such ruling in Russia’s modern history . . . a city court in St. Petersburg fined him 5,000 rubles ($170) for breaching the law . . .
LifeSiteNews: “The family bond is achieved through the reality of diverse situations, among them the free will to form a family, apart from the sex or orientation of its members,” wrote the judges their verdict, issued on April 20.
Telegraph: European human rights judges have blocked more than 900 attempts by Britain to deport foreign criminals and terror suspects in recent years.
Christian Institute: One of England’s most senior family court judges says the time has come to halt the damage being done by broken marriages. Sir Paul Coleridge will today launch a new group to promote marriage and tackle Britain’s ‘divorce addiction’.
Telegraph: A serving High Court judge will begin a public campaign this week to defend marriage and protect children against the “destructive scourge” of divorce and family break down.
Religion Clause Blog: RT reports that the Russian Interior Ministry is investigating a controversial televised interview of Chechen lawyer Dagir Khasavov who told REN TV that authorities should legalize shariah courts or face violence and bloodshed.
KC Star: Operating out of a converted parking garage and a modern high-rise in the Dutch capital, the International Criminal Court has toiled in relative obscurity for most of its 10 years, apart from the occasional negative headline, such as when President George W. Bush decided to undo Bill Clinton’s decision to join it.
Chicago Tribune: A last-minute legal decision that delayed the deportation of a terrorism suspect from Britain to Jordan sparked incredulity and outrage on Thursday from politicians and media angry at the coalition government’s handling of the high profile affair.
AP: British Prime Minister David Cameron is expressing frustration that the U.K. has been unable to deport a radical Islamist due to legal wrangling, saying he wishes he could personally “put him on a plane” and whisk him out of the country.
Daily Mail: Yesterday’s report by Murray Hunt, legal adviser to Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, said: ‘Something needs to be done to redress the debilitating democratic deficit that afflicts human rights.
Telegraph: UK-led plans to reform the European Court of Human Rights could have a “devastating” effect on thousands of people seeking justice in Russia, the Government has been warned.
BBC: The government is “quietly confident” it will secure changes to the European Court of Human Rights at a conference this week, Downing Street has said.
NY Daily News: The Supreme Court Thursday upheld the constitutional validity of the right to education act that mandates unaided private schools keeping 25 percent of seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections of society.
Boston Globe: Europe’s human rights court ruled Thursday that Britain can send a radical Muslim cleric and four other suspects to the United States to face terrorism charges in a case that has been closely watched as an indicator of whether tough U.S. prisons could influence extradition policy.
Telegraph: Britain should turn its back on the European Court of Human Rights because its rulings on the extradition of terrorist suspects risk undermining the special relationship, a former US ambassador said.
Voice of America: The insufficient funding has also resulted in large measure to corruption, especially at the lower levels of the judiciary with some officials, including the police taking bribes, Chidyausiku added
One News Now: “The ICC prosecutor decided that Palestine is not a state, and because it’s not a state, they can’t file charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court,” the attorney reports.
Christian Institute: Two senior judges want to see the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce in England, but critics say it will lead to a greater injustice in divorce cases.
One News Now: A pro-family leader in Canada says a case in Ontario illustrates why the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper must take steps to rein in judicial activism.
LifeSiteNews: An Ontario Court of Justice judge erupted in a lengthy, angry tirade against pro-life activist Mary Wagner – and ejected a spectator from the public gallery – in a downtown Toronto courtroom Wednesday. The judge then sent Wagner to jail for an additional 92 days, added to 88 days already served . . .
Turtle Bay and Beyond: This week the Human Rights Committee, charged with monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights began its 104th session. It affords us an opportunity to reflect on how UN Bodies are undermining both the natural law and positive law when they promote so called rights to abortion and LGBT rights . . .
Religion Clause Blog: Today’s Mail & Guardian is one of a number of South African media outlets covering criticism of an e-mail sent on behalf of South Africa’s chief justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, to chief judges around the country urging them to attend a leadership conference presented by American evangelist and motivational speaker John C. Maxwell.
NY Times: The lawsuit maintains that beginning in 2002, Mr. Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that gay people would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture.
NY Times: China’s highest legislative body is expected to approve changes on Wednesday for dealing with accused criminals that the government says will protect suspects’ rights and activists worry enshrine a loophole that would legalize secret detentions for many political dissidents.
Amnesty International: Proposals to reform the European Court of Human Rights would be a ‘huge step backwards for justice’
Amnesty International: The British government has proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) which would reverse progress towards access to justice for individuals challenging state power across Europe, Amnesty International said today.
Telegraph: Britain’s next judge on the European Court of Human Rights will be chosen from a three-strong shortlist of candidates, including a prominent human rights lawyer and a veteran of the Strasbourg court, it has emerged.
UK Human Rights Blog: This is the second in a series of posts analysing the UK’s draft “Brighton Declaration” on European Court of Human Rights reform
AP: The decision to lift the travel ban and effectively let the American defendants avoid trial triggered a political storm within Egypt, with the ruling generals accused of succumbing to U.S. pressure and interfering in the work of the judiciary.
HispanicBusiness.com: European Union leaders on Friday threatened those responsible for a bloody crackdown in Syria with their day in court, as British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of “medieval barbarity” unfolding in the Middle Eastern country.
Washington Post: Supreme Court justices are meeting for the first time with European human rights judges to talk about freedom of expression, among other things.
Global Post: The British government is calling for the European Convention on Human Rights to be substantially rewritten so that judicial powers are wrestled back from Strasbourg, according to documents leaked to UK and French media outlets.
Boston Globe (AP): France’s Constitutional Council ruled Tuesday that a French law concerning the mass killings of Armenians a century ago violates the country’s constitution.
AP: Hundreds of thousands of members of the Philippine Christian sect Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, have gathered in a massive rally in Manila that organizers say was “purely religious” and not political.
NDTV.com: Homosexuality should be seen in the context of changing society as many things which were earlier unacceptable have become acceptable with passage of time, the Supreme Court observed on Thursday.
DNA India: Anti-gay rights groups, challenging legalisation of homosexual sex, were today asked by the Supreme Court to explain how such acts are against the order of nature as submitted by them.
Burton News & Staffordshire Newspape: PRIME Minister David Cameron should take back control of more than 100 crime and policing laws from the European Union, two Conservative MPs have said.
CNN.com: Spain’s best-known judge will be suspended for 11 years from the bench after his conviction Thursday for improperly ordering wiretaps while investigating a financial corruption case, the nation’s Supreme Court ruled.
The Daily Caller: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has caused a storm of controversy by saying in a television interview that the people of Egypt should not look to the United States Constitution when drafting their own governing document because it’s too old and there are newer examples from which to draw inspiration.