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News from The Associated Press: Europe’s human rights court has rejected an invasion-of-privacy complaint by Monaco’s Princess Caroline – one of two potentially groundbreaking rulings Tuesday that uphold the media’s right to report on celebrities.
UK lawmakers seethe at radical preacher’s bailing by EU court UK lawmakers seethe at radical preacher’s bailing
News from The Associated Press: British lawmakers from across the political spectrum voiced anger Tuesday at a court decision to release an imprisoned extremist cleric, saying the man described as one of Europe’s leading al-Qaida figures could be free during the London Olympics.
NYTimes.com: “The U.S. Constitution appears to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere,” according to a new study by David S. Law of Washington University in St. Louis and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia.
ChicagoTribune.com: “This is a treaty outside of the EU,” British leader David Cameron insisted Tuesday at the House of Commons. “We are not signing it. We are not ratifying it. We are not part of it.” The decision by Cameron and Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas to reject the deal leaves Europe with a clumsy compromise and has thrown up legal questions about using EU-wide institutions like the European Court of Justice to enforce the pact.
IrishCentral: An unaccountable European elite is ignoring the basic principles of democracy and betraying the founding vision of the EU.
TheBureauInvestigates.com: For many the mention of the Court of Human Rights conjures up the image of complex cases dealing with genocide, war atrocities and tyrannical dictatorships, not the legal wranglings of aggrieved celebrities, disgruntled drug dealers or convicted asylum seekers.
Christianity Today: It’s definitely a trend,” said Roger Kiska of the Alliance Defense Fund in Slovakia. “Two or three years ago, you never would have thought that within a year you would have three pro-life [victories] in the courts.”
The Guardian: Prime minister tells Council of Europe that controversial rulings undermine public confidence in rights court
Courthouse News Service: Hungarian officials violated citizens’ right to peaceful assembly by routinely refusing to authorize demonstrations and declaring the area in front of the Parliament in Budapest a “security operational zone,” the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday.
News from The Associated Press: Pakistan’s government on Thursday bowed to a long-standing Supreme Court demand to debate whether the president enjoys immunity from a past corruption case, a concession that could help defuse a crisis threatening the U.S.-backed administration.
Yahoo! News: Hungary’s prime minister yielded on Wednesday in a dispute with the European Union that threatens aid for his country, saying he was willing to change contested laws tightening government control over institutions including the central bank.
Christian Concern: Increasing numbers of muslims in Britain are making use of sharia courts to resolve family and financial disputes in line with Islamic principles, according to the BBC.
Voice of America: orona was impeached by the House of Representatives in December on corruption allegations as well as accusations that he tried to block prosecution of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
News from The Associated Press: An extremist cleric described as one of Europe’s leading al-Qaida operatives should not be deported to face terrorism charges in Jordan because of the risk evidence obtained through torture would be used against him, Europe’s highest court ruled Tuesday.
News from The Associated Press: The Maldives’ military has arrested the chief justice of the country’s criminal court after he released an opposition leader who had been detained without a warrant for allegedly defaming the government.
News from The Associated Press: The EU’s executive Commission said the new constitution that came into force Jan. 1 undermines the independence of the national central bank and the judiciary and does not respect data privacy principles.
Telegraph: Pakistan’s Supreme Court began contempt proceedings against the prime minister for failing to re-open a corruption case against the president in a step towards a much feared constitutional coup.
Telegraph: Britain has lost three out of four cases taken to the European Court of Human Rights, new figures have shown.
News from The Associated Press: Pakistan’s top court said Tuesday it could dismiss the prime minister unless he begins corruption proceedings against the president, opening another front against a government already under pressure from the army
News from The Associated Press: An aide to Israel’s prime minister says he has frozen a bill that critics said would let governing nationalists stack the committee that selects supreme court judges.
The Christian Institute: A High Court family judge has spoken out against Britain’s liberal divorce culture, encouraging couples to “mend it – don’t end it”. Sir Paul Coleridge . . .
News from The Associated Press: Israeli lawmakers have pushed ahead contentious legislation that critics say undermines the independence of the country’s Supreme Court and is part of a broader assault by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Israel’s democracy.
LifeSiteNews.com: The rest of the country is holding on, but only barely, as the Supreme Court stands on the verge of imposing abortion on the entire country. For Americans and Canadians, the above scenario evokes bitter memories of a not-so-distant past, a lost world that slipped away, a society we only dream of having again. But for those of us who live in Mexico, that scenario is a daily reality. It is happening right now.
News from The Associated Press: British judges Wednesday gave the government four weeks to obtain the release of a Pakistani man held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan – a ruling that could make for prickly discussions between Britain and the U.S.
Guardian.co.uk: Appointment of Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath dispels hopes that number of female justices on bench would increase
WSJ.com: A top Chinese law firm intends to join forces with one of Australia’s oldest to create what would be among the biggest legal practices in Asia. King & Wood, an 18-year-old firm with headquarters in Beijing, and Mallesons Stephen Jaques of Australia said Thursday that the planned firm would have more than 380 partners and 1,800 lawyers in five countries.
News from The Associated Press: The chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court warned Wednesday that President Benigno Aquino III’s moves to oust him could lead to a dictatorship and vowed to defend himself in an impeachment trial.
Mail Online: Human rights laws are being interpreted in a way that is ‘thoroughly bonkers’ – according to Britain’s own human rights chief.
News from The Associated Press: The last of five judges has been elected to the International Court of Justice, more than a month after the Security Council and the General Assembly failed to agree on a nominee.
News from The Associated Press: The Philippine House of Representatives impeached the Supreme Court chief justice Monday over alleged corruption and favoritism toward the country’s former president, now under hospital arrest for alleged election fraud.
UN Calls For “International Climate Court of Justice” would force western nations to pay “climate debt”
Alex Jones’ Infowars: Bureaucrats at the UN Climate Summit in Durban have outlined plans for the most draconian, harebrained and madcap climate change treaty ever produced, under which the west would be mandated to respect “the rights of Mother Earth” by paying a “climate debt” which would act as a slush fund for bankrolling an all-powerful world government.
Legal Periodical: Acculturation Through the Middle Ages: The Islamic Law of Nations and its Place in the History of International Law
Allain, Jean, Acculturation Through the Middle Ages: The Islamic Law of Nations and its Place in the History of International Law (October 10, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1941775
The Associated Press: European lawmakers narrowly rejected Ireland’s nominee to the European Court of Auditors on Wednesday after deeming him responsible for a €3.6 billion ($5 billion) error in calculating the Irish national debt.
The Independent: rom now on advocates in cases heard at the Supreme Court in London will be able to “dispense with any or all of the elements of traditional court dress”.
Guardian.co.uk: The ICC may be here to stay, but more than words are needed to protect our growing system of international law
The Guardian: Lord Phillips and Lord Judge say judges need to be more critical as ECHR dealing too much with facts rather than principle.
Lexology: The Human Rights Act 1998 has been in the news recently, with certain politicians and other commentators lamenting the fact that British courts are bound by European Court rulings. David Cameron appears to be leading the crusade. He plans to use the UK’s forthcoming chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to spearhead a radical shake-up of the European Court of Human Rights. But, leaving aside those relatively rare cases where the European Court disagrees with what have been the accepted norms in the UK, such as for example whether prisoners should have the right to vote, what effect has the Human Rights Act had on decisions within the medical sphere?
Guardian.co.uk: fter months of wrangling over the influence of Europe on our human rights law, today the United Kingdom begins its 6-month chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) committee of ministers. Among other things, the CoE supervises compliance with judgments of the European court of human rights.
Daily Mail Online: The newest Supreme Court judge yesterday accused the European Court of Human Rights of riding roughshod over democracy. Jonathan Sumption QC said the Strasbourg human rights judges had tried through their rulings to set down ‘a template for most aspects of human life.’
The Christian Institute: Under the Bill, it will become a crime punishable by up to five years in prison to falsely claim legal jurisdiction over criminal or family law.
The Globe and Mail: But despite her achievements, she was initially unable to secure one of the 10-month articling positions mandatory for all Canadian law-school graduates who wish to become fully fledged lawyers. And she was not alone. In what’s been called an “articling crisis,” 12 per cent of Ontario law school graduates were unable to get articling jobs in 2011, according to statistics from the Law Society of Upper Canada.
The Local: Three women wearing head scarves completely shielding their faces were denied entry to a Gothenburg courtroom on Friday during the remand hearing of one of the suspects in the Röda Sten murder plot case.
The American Spectator: Reid Smith seeks to enlighten us on the question of Sharia law. But curiously he omits one of the central tenets of Sharia law – that the word of a woman is half that of a man.
Guardian.co.uk: Under government plans, countries would not only implement human rights law but interpret it – and decide if they complied
Martin Kettle at Guardian.co.uk: There will certainly be no going back to the bizarre House of Lords system that ended in 2009. The judiciary has been formally separated from the legislature . . . This will inescapably lead to a rather more emphatic and sometimes confrontational relationship between ministers and the judges, and between parliament and the judges.
BBC News – : Ministers have said attempts to reform the European Court of Human Rights will “take time” as the UK must persuade 46 other nations of the need for change.
The Guardian: Rulings from Strasbourg human rights court ‘sometimes too narrow’ and interpretations are disputed
News from The Associated Press: Chinese lawmakers on Thursday touted the country’s legal system as the best way to protect the rights of citizens, despite the widespread detention and intimidation of political critics that is fueling a small but growing movement for greater civil liberties.
Daily Mail Online: European human rights judges should meddle less often in cases which have already been through Britain’s courts, Ken Clarke said last night.
News from The Associated Press: Four candidates were named Tuesday as possible successors for International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when his nine-year term ends next year.
Daily Mail Online: Another day, and another outrage from the European Court of Human Rights – but not of the traditional variety. Instead of rapists allowed to stay in Britain because of their family life rights, or compensation for terror suspects, or indeed votes for prisoners, we have an intriguing little tale involving the wife of one of the Strasbourg judges.
The Globe and Mail: Legal experts predict that a hearing on Wednesday to screen Mr. Justice Michael Moldaver and Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis will likely be neither illuminating nor satisfying to anyone craving a transparent process.
TIME.com: A much more compelling argument was outlined by economist Timur Kuran in his 2010 book The Long Divergence. He makes the intriguing case that Islamic law was at the root of the problem. Its strictures, he claims inhibited the emergence of the institutions of modern capitalism as they developed in Europe. And the Middle East is suffering for that failure to this day.
The Globe and Mail: udge Moldaver and Judge Karakatsanis are seen as relatively conservative judges who will steer clear of using the Charter of Rights to strike down legislation.
LifeSiteNews.com: Law professors attending Argentina’s most important conference on civil law have voted to declare that the nation’s recently-passed homosexual “marriage” legislation is unconstitutional.
Mail Online: The European Human Rights system grants foreign murders the right to have a family life but it is powerless to deal with the real evils of a show-trial of a former Prime Minister in the ex-Soviet state of Ukraine. This Ukranian episode clearly demonstrates the toothlessness of European human rights system to bring about any real and effective civil liberties in the countries that need it the most.
TriplePundit.com: Europe’s highest court released an opinion on October 6th, finding that the proposed mandatory inclusion of non-European based airlines in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), is compatible with international law.
The Volokh Conspiracy : UCLA Law School’s Sanela Daniela Jenkins Human Rights Project has a special joint online forum with the International Criminal Court office of the prosecutor, which is currently running commentary on the question of prevention, and how the ICC can maximize its crime prevention impact.
Alex Aldridge at Guardian.co.uk: According to recent research by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal group Interlaw, 70% of LGBT lawyers believe there is prejudice within the selection process for judicial office. The judicial appointments committee (JAC) – the body founded in 2006 to enhance judicial accountability – is keen to remedy this . . .
Findlaw: The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that France did not violate financier George Soros’ rights when convicting him of insider trading.
Fox News: Prosecutors have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards and others who might now be charged under a new precedent set by the conviction of retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk, The Associated Press has learned.
The Globe and Mail: In a three-hour discussion – the only such interview he has ever given – Judge Binnie provided penetrating glimpses into an institution known for its secretive nature, at a time when the bench is entering an unsettling period of transition with five judges slated to be replaced by 2015. Widely seen as a towering intellect who is arguably the country’s premier judge, he spoke with the easy candour of a man who has spent his career as a renowned advocate.
Sweden top legal official: ‘Not wrong’ to reassign aide for comparing Islam to totalitarian ideologies
The Local: Sweden’s top legal official has given backing to the decision to reassign the integration ministry civil servant who compared Islam to totalitarian ideologies.
News from The Associated Press: An explosion in the early hours of Wednesday morning damaged Amsterdam’s court complex and a government minister swiftly condemned the blast as an attack on the Dutch justice system.
Mary Honeyball at Public Service Europe: Finally, the organisation works in a realm where the notion of human rights varies wildly – depending on which country you are in. Some places do not have much of a tradition in upholding human rights, while the UK has one of the best records. With different standards, it makes the playing field somewhat uneven and difficult to monitor. And, I should imagine, it is a real problem within the ECHR. Every country can better its human rights standards, including the UK – which McDonald fails to see.
allAfrica.com: : The weighty, scandalous and damaging revelations by Wikileaks reports in the last two weeks about a possible conspiracy between some highranking judicial officers and highlyplaced government officials to subvert justice in Nigeria elicit many compelling questions that should not be left answered.
CatholicHerald.co.uk: Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has said the British courts are wrongfully penalising Christians through an “incorrect interpretation” of human rights laws.