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The Administrative Court of Paris on Wednesday held that the French state is “responsible” for failing to take sufficient measures to halt climate change and for failing to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets. This judgment is a result of an application to the Administrative Court of Paris from four non-governmental organizations (NGOs), namely Oxfam [...]

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The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled Thursday that the United Kingdom did not hold sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, allowing the dispute between Mauritius and Maldives in regards to the delimitation of their boundaries to proceed. The ruling follows a preliminary objection from Maldives, who claimed that the tribunal did not [...]

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The first nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades came into force on Friday, following the 50th ratification of the treaty on 24 October, which triggered the 90-day period required before the treaty entered into force. The UN completed negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at its New York headquarters [...]

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The Supreme Court of Norway, in a decision Tuesday, upheld a judgment of the Borgarting Court of Appeals, which had allowed the government to grant oil production licenses on new sections of the Norwegian continental shelf. The case concerned the validity of an administrative decision from June of 2016 ?which granted oil production licenses for [...]

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International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda reported Monday that a preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines had found a “reasonable basis” to believe that the crimes against humanity of murder, torture and the infliction of serious physical injury and mental harm were committed between July 2016 and March 2019. The report follows [...]

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A Judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a preliminary injunction Monday, preventing the Trump administration from prohibiting the operation of the popular China-based social media app TikTok. The order follows President Donald Trump’s signing of Exec. Order No. 13942, which identified TikTok, a short-loop video sharing app presently used [...]

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The Council of the European Union adopted a regulation Monday establishing a global human rights sanctions regime. The regulation is meant to allow the EU to target individuals, entities and bodies, including state and non-state actors, that are responsible or associated with serious human rights violations worldwide. It also targets individuals and entities associated with [...]

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The Scottish Parliament Tuesday approved a bill?to make period products such as tampons and sanitary pads freely accessible, becoming the first country in the world to do so. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill, which passed unanimously, requires local authorities and education providers to ensure that period products are available free of charge. The [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that foreign military draft evaders could be entitled to asylum in the EU. In what was technically a preliminary ruling in an ongoing case, the court held that there was a “strong presumption” that people escaping military service in violent regimes were entitled to asylum, with evasion [...]

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