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Legal news from Thursday, July 6, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The EU and Japan formally agreed upon an outline on Thursday for a free-trade deal between two of the world's largest economic powers. Although the deal still requires further negotiations, it is expected that 99 percent of trade deals between Japan and the EU will be liberalized. Additionally, the outline calls for the two entities to …

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by Autumn Callan

The New Zealand Parliament on Thursday formally apologized to the hundreds of men who were criminally convicted under antiquated anti-homosexuality laws. The country's House of Representatives stated that it apologizes "to those homosexual New Zealanders who were convicted for consensual adult activity, and recognize the tremendous hurt and suffering those men and their families have gone …

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by Autumn Callan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Thursday that South Africa violated its obligation by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir when he visited the country in 2015. Two arrest warrants have been issued for Al-Bashir involving numerous charges including "crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of …

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by Autumn Callan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana issued an injunction on Wednesday to stop the construction of a $59 million dam that threatened the habitat of an ancient fish species in Montana's Yellowstone River, three months after he lifted a similar injunction on the order. A wood-and-rock irrigation dam currently blocks …

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by Alexis Wheeler

A Chinese court has ordered a mental hospital to issue a public apology and pay compensation to a 38-year-old man after forcing him to undergo conversion therapy. The man was committed to the institution by his wife in 2015. He was subjected to forced medication and injections for 19 days after being diagnosed with "sexual preference disorder." The court's ruling …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed suit Wednesday and has sought temporary injunctive relief against the Trump administration's request for voter information. EPIC alleges that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI) failed to preform a Privacy Impact Assessment prior to the commencement of its conduct. EPIC also claims that the request …

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by Lindsay Offutt

French judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel was appointed as Head of the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism on Monday to collect evidence concerning persons involved in Syrian war crimes over the last six years. Marchi-Uhel has experience in criminal law, transitional justice and human rights, and worked for the UN concerning various international affairs. Marchi-Uhel will gather evidence and prepare …

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by Lindsay Offutt

A Colorado-based watchdog group, the Coalition for Good Governance, and six Georgia voters filed a lawsuit on Monday to throw out the most recent election results for the Georgia House of Representatives. The June 20 election was a race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Handel won with 52 percent of the votes. Voters …

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