UN rights chief calls for safeguards on artificial intelligence


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Wednesday for a moratorium on artificial intelligence (AI) systems that threaten human rights until enough safeguards are in place.

DOJ requests emergency order to block Texas abortion ban


The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an emergency motion Tuesday seeking to immediately block Texas’ controversial abortion restriction pending further proceedings. The DOJ filed suit against Texas earlier this month, challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 8 (SB 8).

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Federal court blocks parents in Tennessee from opting out of school mask mandates


Federal court rules Artificial Intelligence cannot be an ‘inventor’ under US patent law


The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Wednesday ruled that an artificial intelligence (AI) machine cannot be an inventor under the Patent Act.

A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

Through advances in technology and access to care, managers can be empowered to serve as the front line of defense to help identify employee AUD and SUD concerns before they escalate. Understanding AUD and SUD, and providing tools for your workforce to overcome the challenges that they pose, is key to fostering strong mental health at work. Join us for this important how-to discussion.

North Carolina court permanently enjoins controversial voter ID law


A three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court in North Carolina permanently enjoined the state’s controversial voter ID law, holding that it discriminates against Black voters.

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Italy data protection authority asks Facebook to clarify privacy implications of smart glasses


Italy’s administrative authority on personal data protection, Garante Privacy, on Friday asked its Irish counterpart, the Irish Data Protection Commission (Irish DPC), to solicit answers from Facebook to a series of questions on the privacy implications of its new smart glasses before the company markets them on the Italian market.

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HRW report details widespread suspicious killings of dissidents in Egypt


Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Tuesday accusing Egypt’s Interior Ministry police and National Security Agency officers of having killed dozens of alleged terrorists across the country in unlawful extrajudicial executions they contend are “shootouts.”

UK children’s digital protection code becomes law


The UK children’s digital protection code went into effect on Thursday after its one-year transition period expired.

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Germany court sentences two Syrians for war crime and terrorism


The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany Thursday sentenced two Syrian nationals on war crime and terrorism-related charges. Khedr A.K. was given a life sentence, mainly for shielding the execution of a detained army officer and membership of a foreign terrorist organization.

Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.

Texas court temporarily enjoins six-week abortion ban


Texas judge Karin Crump of the Travis County District Court issued a temporary injunction on Monday that preventing Texas Right to Life from enforcing the new six-week abortion ban against Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

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Federal court grants Sackler family immunity from all future opioid lawsuits


The Sackler family on Wednesday won immunity from opioid lawsuits linked to Purdue Pharma , their privately owned company, and its OxyContin medication when a federal judge approved a bankruptcy settlement to resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits.

Dubai establishes specialized money laundering court to tackle financial crimes


The Dubai government’s media office announced on Sunday that the Dubai Courts have established a specialized money laundering court to thwart financial crimes. The new court was set up within the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal.

New Mexico sues Angry Birds developer over child privacy violations


On Wednesday, New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit in federal district court alleging that the maker of a highly popular mobile game knowingly collects and sells the personal data of children under the age of thirteen.

Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

Afghanistan dispatches: female civil servants to be fired and replaced by men in new Taliban decree


JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

European organizations urge Poland to change definition of rape and stop restricting press freedom


Several European organizations on Thursday called upon Poland to make changes to the legal definition of rape and condemned attacks on media and the free press.

Federal appeals court upholds pro-worker California law limiting arbitration


The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held Wednesday that workers in California will not be forced into arbitration as a condition of employment. In 2019, California passed Assembly Bill 51 (AB51), to limit workplace arbitration agreements.

ECOWAS imposes sanctions on coup leaders in Guinea and Mali


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in extraordinary session on Thursday to consider the situation in the West African nations of Guinea and Mali, imposing sanctions on individuals from both countries.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials of Wealth Management

Speaker: Vi Pham, Attorney at Law

Wealth management is a guaranteed practice: as paralegals, it's essential that you know the complexities of wealth management in order to ensure that your client's rights are protected to their fullest extent. Join Vi Pham, Attorney and educator, in this exclusive webinar that will leave you feeling brushed up and ready. This seminar meets the requirements of the NALA Certifying Board for continuing legal education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential.

South Korea LGBT youth threatened by lack of non-discrimination provisions: report


LGBTQIA+ youth in South Korea are threatened by the country’s failure to enact non-discrimination provisions, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday.

Venezuela judicial independence deeply eroded: UN rights experts


Armenia commences proceedings against Azerbaijan over persecution and rights violations


The Republic of Armenia on Thursday instituted proceedings against the Republic of Azerbaijan at the International Court of Justice, the United Nation’s top judicial organ, over alleged violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) by Azerbaijani authorities.

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India dispatches: ‘Today, hearing that a Muslim man was lynched or beaten up has become routine.’


India Staff Correspondent Sambhav Sharma, a final year law student at Amity Law School, says that recurrent beatings of Muslims without government countermeasures may be normalizing Islamophobia in India. He files this for JURIST from New Delhi.

Nepal dispatches: government of Nepal moves to decriminalize abortion in response to rights campaign


After years of advocacy by women’s rights groups, the Government of Nepal has agreed to decriminalize abortion and protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls.

TikTok faces €6B lawsuit in Netherlands court


Dutch non-profit Stichting Massaschade & Consument filed suit Tuesday against TikTok, seeking to force the social media app to compensate 4.5 million Dutch users for “harvesting and auctioning sensitive user data” in violation of European privacy laws.

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Federal court rules Wisconsin redistricting case can proceed


A three-judge panel of the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Thursday denied Republicans’ request to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats.

Supreme Court upholds Indiana University’s vaccine mandate


The US Supreme Court on Thursday denied an application for an emergency writ of injunction against Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, upholding the rulings of the two lower courts.

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US imposes new sanctions over Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict


The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Monday that it was imposing new sanctions over Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict. There has been ongoing concern for human rights abuses throughout the Tigray conflict.

Door Dash sues New York City over food delivery data law


Door Dash, Inc. filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday over a new ordinance the company says violates customer privacy. The New York City Council proposed a bill in May to require food delivery apps to share customer data with restaurants.

Federal appeals court upholds Indiana law mandating reporting of abortion complications


The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld an Indiana law requiring medical providers to report complications “arising from” abortions to the state.

Texas governor signs bill banning social media ‘censorship’ amid industry concerns of hate speech proliferation


The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, Thursday signed into law a bil l prohibiting social media platforms from censoring users’ digital expression based on viewpoints or geographic location.

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ICC approves formal investigation into Philippines ‘war on drugs’ 


Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday approved a formal investigation into crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines between November 1, 2011, and March 16, 2019, as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.”

South Africa approves world’s first patent with AI inventor


South African’s patent office, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, issued a patent that lists an artificial intelligence (AI) as the inventor on Wednesday. The patent is the first in the world to list AI as the inventor.

UN human rights office condemns violence against Afghanistan protestors


The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on Friday condemning the increasing amount of violence against peaceful protestors in Afghanistan over the past month at the hands of the Taliban.

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Federal appeals court blocks Tennessee six-week and ‘reason’ bans on abortion


The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday blocked a Tennessee law that outlawed abortions based on certain reasons, such as a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome or the race or gender of the fetus. The court also blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.

Spain top criminal court archives Western Sahara independence movement genocide case


The top criminal court in Spain archived a case on Thursday involving genocide allegations against the leader of Western Sahara’s independence movement.

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Minnesota court denies request to require statewide public school mask mandate


Minnesota Judge Thomas Gillian denied concerned parents’ request on Tuesday to force all public schools within the state to mandate masks.

Canada dispatches: Alberta lifting of COVID restrictions prompts public protests


[Ian Profiri is JURIST’s Staff Correspondent for Canada, joining JURIST’s existing teams of correspondents already filing from India and Myanmar. He files this dispatch from Calgary.].