This year sees three more states introduce voluntary assisted dying. But there are still several barriers to overcome.
The fallout over the Scottish government’s gender recognition legislation has not happened in isolation.
Iranian man Mohammad Mahdi Karami at a court hearing on January 5, 2023. Karami was executed on January 7 for allegedly being involved in anti-government protests.
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Criminal trials in these courts often occur behind closed doors presided over by clerics, and there’s often no evidence beyond a confession extracted by means of torture.
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All criminal matters start in the local court. The more serious ones work their way up to the higher courts for sentence or trial.
We’ve all been at a work or family gathering when someone has offered a seemingly authoritative statement about the way the law operates. Without some knowledge of the field of law, listeners may simply…
A lawyer in front of a Yaounde court.
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The common law and civil law systems are quite distinct in legal practices, principles and procedures. How government manages the difference has implications for the Cameroon Anglophone crisis.
Brittney Griner on the plane after being released.
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When it comes to prisoner swaps it matters if an individual is guilty of committing the crime or whether there has been a miscarriage of justice. And this is where the Griner case gets tricky.
Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon at a press conference on Oct. 17, 2022, at the Québec City National Assembly. He repeated that he did not want to swear an oath to King Charles.
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No official French version of the Constitution Act of 1867 exists in 2022. This aberration calls into question the validity of taking an oath to the King in French.
Artificial intelligence could help create transparency and consistency in the legal system – our model shows how.
In some cases, death row inmates have been strapped to the gurney for hours.
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Alabama has paused the carrying out of death sentences after a series of cases in which the state struggled with the procedure.
Environmental activists protest against Energy Charter Treaty while its reform is negotiated.
The Energy Charter Treaty allows fossil fuel investors to sue governments over climate action – prompting EU countries to withdraw.
Protesters hold placards during an Indigenous deaths in Custody protest in Sydney , June 2022.
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Russell Marks’ Black Lives, White Law is not about solutions; it’s about identifying the problems with Australia’s criminal legal system, and the injustice it does to First Nations people.
A lump of cells could be given the legal status of a person, or remain a property.
Minister of Justice David Lametti participates in an Ottawa news conference in June 2022 on proposed amendments to the Criminal Code in response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision involving a defence of extreme intoxication.
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More than a dozen women’s organizations pleaded with the federal government to slow down and treat their concerns seriously about Bill C-28. It didn’t listen.
The full text of a law may not be in this book – nor in its online equivalent.
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It’s a long-standing principle that people should be able to read the laws that govern them. But many technical rules and standards are hard to find and access, even for lawyers or court officials.
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Watch 30 years since Mabo, a live-streamed event hosted by State Library of Queensland and The Conversation honouring the activism of Eddie Mabo.
A brainy machine? Shakey, the world’s first AI-based robot.
It’s time we stopped using the brain as shorthand for machines
A migrant from Haiti waits with others at a clinic for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico.
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In the last decision of the term, the Supreme Court cleared a barrier for the Biden administration to end a Trump-era policy returning asylum seekers arriving in the US to camps in Mexico.
A demonstrator outside the Supreme Court building expresses fear that other precedents will fall, too.
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The justices who decided to overturn the abortion rights precedent of Roe v. Wade explained their reasoning, and signaled other precedents could be reversed as well.
A half-century of reproduction rights upended by the Supreme Court.
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By a 6 to 3 majority, the Supreme Court decided to overrule the landmark Roe decision and end almost 50 years of access to abortion being a constitution right.