LEGAL NEWS & COMMENTARY

France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, ordered the government on Sunday to review a COVID-19 rule limiting the number of people allowed in churches. The Council stated that the law, which restricts religious services to a maximum of 30 people, is not proportionate to coronavirus infection risks. France has been in a nationwide lockdown [...]

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In a narrow 5-4 decision late Wednesday, the US Supreme Court prevented New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from setting strict limits to numbers of people gathered for worship in churches and synagogues out of concern for the spread of Covid-19. The majority granted an emergency stay of an executive order imposing capacity limitations for accommodations [...]

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A class action lawsuit on behalf of New York City’s houseless families was filed against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on Tuesday for their failure to provide stable internet to city shelters. This suit comes within days of the city’s announcement that any in-person education would be suspended amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases. Local [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Dubravka ?imonovic said Monday that a “pandemic of femicide and gender-based violence against women is taking the lives of women and girls everywhere.” Her announcement comes two days prior to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day has been recognized since 1981, and [...]

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The number of young people awaiting trial and sentencing in England and Wales has doubled over the past year due to courts being temporarily closed due to Covid-19, according to a new report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. The report released Wednesday showed that there are concerns that children in prolonged uncertainty could be [...]

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Nationwide protests in response to the brutal murder of George Floyd have put a spotlight on the profound injustices of the criminal legal system. Much of the criticism has rightly focused on the abuses in policing and incarceration. But along with abusive policing, another urgent threat that impoverished communities face under this system is the [...]

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As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an exponential pace in India even after the sweeping federal lockdown, the Parliament of the country has commenced?the Monsoon Session which runs from 14th September to 1st October this year. The decision by the Secretariats of both the Houses of the Indian Parliament to dispense with the [...]

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Several pharmaceutical companies are beginning middle or late stage trials of experimental COVID-19 vaccines in Brazil and South Africa, leaving trials in other developed countries for sometime later. Meanwhile, in the United States, Black and other minority recruitment for trials lag: Michael said several factors have led to “a perfect storm of not goodness” for [...]

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