International Courts

ECtHR Rejects Case Against Germany Over Afghan Airstrikes

On 16th February 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rejected a complaint made against Germany for its refusal to prosecute an officer who had ordered a deadly bombing in 2009 of two fuel tankers in northern Afghanistan.  Background Following...

Nigerian Farmers Have Jurisdiction to Sue Shell over Pollution Charges: Britain’s Top Court

Excerpt The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court (UKSC), on the 12th of February 2021, ruled that Nigerian farmers and fishermen could sue the Royal Dutch Shell Plc in English Courts over allegations of pollution where the company owns a subsidiary.  Background The appeal...

Certiorari To United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit

Background The Nazi Government unlawfully coerced the consortium to sell the collection of medieval relics known as Welfenschatz to Prussia for a third of its value. It unlawfully coerced the consortium into selling the collection to Prussia for a third...

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...

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