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International Criminal Court Convicts Brigade Commander Ongwen on 61 Counts of Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes

On 4th February 2021, Trial Chamber IX, of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found former brigade commander Dominic Ongwen guilty of 61 (charged with 70) counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Northern Uganda between 1st July 2002 to 31st December 2005. The charges included murder, attempted murder, rape, slavery, enslavement, destruction of property, and persecution amongst others.

The UN Maritime Court Rules That Britain Does Not Have Sovereignty Over Chagos Islands

The special maritime law tribunal of the United Nations (UN) has ruled that Britain does not have sovereignty over the Chagos Islands. The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has urged the United Kingdom to cease “occupation” over the territory and hand it over to Mauritius. 

Iran v. USA: The ICJ ruled that it had jurisdiction to hear Iran’s sanction case against the U.S.

On the 3rd of February 2021, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a 15:1 vote, ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear Iran’s case against the U.S. for the 2018 reimposition of sanctions under the Trump administration.  Background On the...

Montana District Court rules Trump Administration’s Censored Science Rule was issued illegally 

Excerpt On the 27th of January 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana ruled that the Censored Science Rule that was issued under President Trump’s administration was unlawful as it did not adhere to the proper procedure;...

Federal Court Rules That 1992 Term Limit Amendments To Michigan Constitution Were Lawful

Excerpt The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan last Wednesday ruled in favour of the Offices of the Secretary of State for Michigan and the Attorney General of Michigan in a lawsuit challenging the Michigan Constitution’s terms...

Maryland’s County Circuit Court Sentences Sean Urbanski To Life in Prison for Murder of 2Lt. Richard Collins III

Excerpt On the 14th of January 2021, Prince George’s County Circuit Court in Maryland (US) sentenced Sean C. Urbanski to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder of 2Lt. Richard Collins III. The long-awaited case finally...

US Supreme Court Reinstates Restriction on Abortion Pills

The Supreme Court of the United States granted the Trump administration’s request to reinstate federal rules requiring women to make in-person visits to hospitals or clinics to obtain abortion pills; effectively, lifting an earlier lower Court ruling which had...

UK Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Policyholders in the COVID-19 Business Interruption Case

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court finally concluded the long-awaited COVID-19 business interruption case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Hiscox Action Group (HAG). In a leapfrog appeal, the Supreme Court found in favour of the appellants...

Lahore High Court Outlaws Two-Finger Virginity Test

The Lahore High Court in Pakistan has outlawed the use and conduct of virginity tests, namely, the use of the “two-finger” virginity test and the hymen examination in cases of rape and sexual abuse.  Background In Sadaf Aziz & Others v...

London Court Rejects Assange’s Extradition – What Happens Now? 

Earlier last week, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, sitting in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court denied the Government of the U.S.A.'s request to the U.K. to extradite Mr Julian Assange over his espionage convictions in the U.S. on the grounds of...

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Kerala HC: First Examine Whether the Course Adopted by the Corporation Is Correct and Then Implement Remedial Measures so Prescribed

The petitioner had prayed in the writ petition for a direction to the Corporation and its officials to ensure that the restoration work of the road was continued and completed only after having removed the existing bituminous road surface and to ensure that the level of the existing road was not increased by the restoration work.

Kerala HC: FIR in Case of Corruption Needs To Be Registered Only After Preliminary Enquiry

On the 8th day of June 2021, the Honorable High Court of Kerala heard and decided a Civil Writ Petition matter filed seeking Writ of Mandamus against the police authorities to register the First Information Report and conduct the investigation.

Kerala HC: Court Cannot Verify Genuineness of Allegations u/s 482 of CrPC

On the 8th Day of June 2021, the Honourable Kerala High Court heard and decided a Criminal Miscellaneous Petition (Cr. M.C) under section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 (Cr. P.C).

Kerala HC: Environmental Clearance Is Required for Expansion of Pre-Existing Projects

The petition was filed challenging the validity of Environmental Impact Assessment, 2006 rules on the buildings whose construction was started before the issue of rules.

Kerala HC: Panchayat’s Permission to Set Up Industrial Units Exempted if Power Is Less Than 5

On the 11th day of June 2021, the Honourable High Court of Kerala disposed of a Civil Writ Petition in which the Petitioner had sought a prohibitory order of performing unauthorized furniture manufacturing adjacent to the residential area.