UK Supreme Court Rules on Weighting Given to Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Judgement was handed down on Radmacher (formerly Granatino) (Respondent) v Granatino (Appellant) [2010] on 20th October 2010 at the UK Supreme Court. On appeal from the Court of Appeal [2009] (Civil Division) JUSTICES: Lord Phillips (President), Lord Hope (Deputy President), Lord Rodger, Lord Walker, Lady Hale, Lord Brown, Lord Mance, Lord Collins and Lord Kerr … Read more UK Supreme Court Rules on Weighting Given to Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Rulings: Louisiana Court Upholds Crysler Defect Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana has upheld the judgement of a St. Bernard Parish district court jury which found Chrysler liable for the death of a baby, Collin Guillot, as well as injuries to his family. On May 21, 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Guillot and their daughter got into … Read more Rulings: Louisiana Court Upholds Crysler Defect Verdict

US Supreme Court: Bilski v. Kappos

In the case of Bilski versus Kappos, the US Supreme Court upheld earlier judgements that a system of hedging risk should not be granted a patent. The Federal Court was judged to have erred in concluding that the “machine-or-transformation test” is the exclusive test for a patentable process. The Supreme Court decided that the claim … Read more US Supreme Court: Bilski v. Kappos

Australia: Wiradjuri Native Title Claim in New South Wales

Australians have until 29th September 2010 to lodge an interest in the Wiradjuri native title claim near Dubbo in New South Wales. The area of the claim includes the towns of Wellington, Mudgee and Orange. See the map below for an outline. Existing interests such as leases, licences or permits are protected, but the National … Read more Australia: Wiradjuri Native Title Claim in New South Wales

EU Citizens Win Right to Interpretation

The European Parliament has today adopted a new law to ensure anyone facing charges in an EU country is given access to an interpreter and translation of documents. The directive was adopted by the European Parliament today by 637 votes to 21, with 19 abstentions. The costs of implementing this directive will be covered by … Read more EU Citizens Win Right to Interpretation

Law: International Criminal Court Amends “Crime of Aggression”

On 11 June 2010, the Review Conference of the Rome Statute concluded in Kampala, Uganda, after meeting for two weeks. The Conference adopted a resolution by which it amended the Rome Statute so as to include a definition of the crime of aggression and the conditions under which the Court could exercise jurisdiction with respect … Read more Law: International Criminal Court Amends “Crime of Aggression”

UN Court Upholds Balkan War Crime Convictions

On 19th May 2010, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld the conviction of Johan Tarčulovski for overseeing the ransacking of Ljuboten in 2001. Tarčulovski was a policeman at the time. He was accused of “ordering, planning and instigating the murder of three ethnic Albanian civilians, wanton destruction of twelve houses or … Read more UN Court Upholds Balkan War Crime Convictions

Pakistan: Court Bans Facebook

A judgement in the Lahore High Court, Pakistan, from Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry has resulted in the Pakistani department of telecommunications being ordered to block social networking website, Facebook, after “un-islamic” and “blasphemous” images featuring the prophet Muhammad were allowed to remain on the site. The judgement means that the entire Facebook website will be … Read more Pakistan: Court Bans Facebook

UK Supreme Court Ruling: ZN (Afghanistan) (FC) and others (Appellants) v Entry Clearance Officer (Karachi) (Respondent) and one other action

ZN (Afghanistan) (FC) and others (Appellants) v Entry Clearance Officer (Karachi) (Respondent) and one other action raised the question of which immigration rules apply to family members seeking entry to the United Kingdom, where the sponsor has been granted asylum and consequently obtained British Citizenship. Spouses and children of refugees who have been granted asylum … Read more UK Supreme Court Ruling: ZN (Afghanistan) (FC) and others (Appellants) v Entry Clearance Officer (Karachi) (Respondent) and one other action

US Supreme Court: President Obama Nominates Elena Kagan for the Bench

At 10.02am EDT on Monday 10th May 2010, President Obama held a press conference announcing Elena Kagan as his nomination for US Supreme Court Judge. An abridged version of the statements follows, click here to watch the video: For nearly 35 years, Justice Stevens has stood as an impartial guardian of the law, faithfully applying … Read more US Supreme Court: President Obama Nominates Elena Kagan for the Bench

US Supreme Court: Hui v. Castaneda

In the case of a man detained by US immigration who was denied medical treatment and subsequently died of cancer, the claims to immunity of the United States Public Health Service have been tested, but upheld by the US Supreme Court. This judgement was given on May 3, 2010: While detained by immigration authorities, Francisco … Read more US Supreme Court: Hui v. Castaneda

India Supreme Court: RELIANCE NATURAL RESOURCES LTD. Vs. RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD.

Two of the richest people in the world, brothers Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries (RIL) and Anil Ambani of Reliance Natural Resources (RNRL) took a disagreement over gas supply to the Indian Supreme Court. The judgement was delivered on Friday 7th May 2010, with far-reaching consequences for energy supply in India and the share price … Read more India Supreme Court: RELIANCE NATURAL RESOURCES LTD. Vs. RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD.

UK Supreme Court: Farstad Supply AS (Appellant) v Enviroco Limited and another (Respondent) (Scotland)

Enviroco is not entitled to a contribution from Asco. Farstad Supply AS (‘Farstad’) owned an oil rig supply vessel which was damaged by fire while berthed in harbour on 7 July 2002. At the time of the fire, the third party charterer, Asco UK Limited (‘Asco’), had engaged the defender, Enviroco Limited (‘Enviroco’), to clean … Read more UK Supreme Court: Farstad Supply AS (Appellant) v Enviroco Limited and another (Respondent) (Scotland)

Law: Aspiring Fashion Writer to Pay Over $12,000 for Internship at Vogue

For those who dream of meritocracy it is a crying shame, for the bankers, lawyers and academics who run the RFK Center it is a coup: Vogue is auctioning off a week’s internship to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The current bid is $12,000 with a few days left … Read more Law: Aspiring Fashion Writer to Pay Over $12,000 for Internship at Vogue

Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK

The new “legal high” drug, often sold as plant food online, known as Mephedrone, is widely expected to be banned this afternoon by the British Government, despite a senior Drugs Advisor quitting the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) just hours before the decision is due to be announced. Dr Polly Taylor quit … Read more Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK