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In transnational human rights suit, Supreme Court shortens long arm of states

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IMG_0901Eight Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court today cut short an effort to use a state long-arm statute to hold a multinational corporation accountable for human rights abuses.

The judgment in Daimler AG v. Bauman thus freed the defendant, a corporation whose subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz USA, “is the largest supplier of luxury vehicles to the California market,” from a 2004 lawsuit brought by 22 Argentinians.

As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (at right in photo) explained in her opinion for the Court,  plaintiffs alleged that Mercedes’ Argentina subsidiary had collaborated with Argentinian state security forces to kidnap, detain, torture, and kill plaintiffs and their relatives during the military dictatorship in place there from 1976 through 1982, a period known as Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Leer el resto de esta entrada »

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Corte Europea condena a Eslovaquia por violar la libertad de expresión

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IMG_0893La Corte Europea de Derechos Humanos (Corte EDH) declaró que Eslovaquia violó el derecho a la libertad de expresión de uno de los periódicos más leídos en ese país, el Nový Èas, al que tribunales locales le impusieron cuantiosas sanciones como consecuencia de dos demandas por difamación.

En la sentencia, proferida el pasado 7 de enero, esa instancia internacional consideró que los tribunales internos no analizaron la presencia o ausencia de buena fe por parte del periódico o si el contenido de la publicación que originó la controversia era de interés público. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Instrumento protector de derechos de los niños entra en vigor con ratificación de Costa Rica

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IMG_089614 de enero, 2014 — El instrumento legal que permitirá que los niños denuncien la violación de sus derechos ante un Comité de Naciones Unidas entrará en vigor dentro de tres meses tras la ratificación de Costa Rica.

El país centroamericano se convirtió hoy en el décimo Estado que ratifica el Protocolo Facultativo de la Convención de los Derechos del Niño.

Gracias al nuevo instrumento, los menores que hayan sufrido la transgresión de sus garantías fundamentales y no encuentren una solución en su propio país contarán con otra instancia para buscar un remedio, explicó Sara Oviedo, una de las integrantes del Comité de los Derechos del Niño. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Right to silence: court considers privilege against self-incrimination

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IMG_0893The Australian High Court recently considered the right to silence and the privilege against self-incrimination in Lee v New South Wales Crime Commission.

A number of Australian statutes have sought, in certain circumstances, to remove individuals’ right to silence by conferring on courts and investigative bodies the power to compel individuals to answer questions about whether they have engaged in criminal conduct. For example, the Queensland government recently foreshadowed the introduction of new laws that would empower its Crime and Misconduct Commission to compel examinees to answer questions under the threat of a mandatory jail term. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Supreme Court sets aside arbitration clause due to ambiguity

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The Supreme Court recently decided(1) on whether an ambiguous arbitration clause was enforceable.

The court ruled that since the clause referred the dispute to a non-existent Danish arbitration association, the clause did not have the necessary clarity to be enforced. Thus, the court set aside the arbitration clause, declared itself competent and then decided on the merits of the case according to Danish law. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Conference: Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa

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IMG_0787On May 23-24, 2014, the Hague University of Applied Sciences will host a conference on “Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa.” The program is here. Here’s the idea:

In light of the simmering tensions between the Court and some African leaders, ongoing protests in African countries against the ICC and the frequently heard objection that the Court has an anti-Africa bias, it seems timely to explore the perceptions and realities of the ICC in Africa. With high-level contributions from various disciplines, including international law, international relations, political science, anthropology, history and media studies the conference aims to reach a better understanding of African sentiments and insights surrounding the Court.

Source: International Law Reporter

New Issue: Legal Issues of Economic Integration

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The latest issue of Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Vol. 41, no. 1, 2014) is out. Contents include:

  • International      Law in the Case Law of the Court of Justice: Recent Trends
  • Birgitte      Egelund Olsen & Karsten Engsig Sørensen, Strengthening the Enforcement      of CSR Guidelines: Finding a New Balance between Hard Law and Soft Law
  • Arwel      Davies, Technical Regulations and Standards under the WTO Agreement on      Technical Barriers to Trade
  • Evangelia      Psychogiopoulou, The External Dimension of EU Cultural Action and Free      Trade: Exploring an Interface
  • Onsando      Osiemo, Lost in Translation: The Role of African Regional Courts in      Regional Integration in Africa

Source: International Law Reporter