The National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was promptly signed into law by President Nicolas Maduro. On December 29, during his television show, “In Contact with Maduro, number 52,” Maduro said that the new seed law provides the conditions to produce food “under an agro-ecological model that respects the pacha mama (mother earth) and the right of our children to grow up healthy, eating healthy.” The law is a victory for the international movements for agroecology and food sovereignty because it bans transgenic (GMO) seed while protecting local seed from privatization. The law is also a product of direct participatory democracy –the people as legislator– in Venezuela, because it was hammered out through a deliberative partnership between members of the … [Read more...] about Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand
SRINAGAR — Despite rains and intense cold, hundreds of students from law school of Kashmir University on Thursday staged fresh protest outside the secretariat of the varsity’s vice chancellor, demanding final examinations be held in March.Reports said students from 6th semester LLB including from supplementary shift assembled outside the VC’s secretariat and staged the protest in support of their “genuine” demand. “A notification should be issued announcing examination in March,” the students said, reiterating that the authorities were unnecessarily rushing through the examination. “The authorities seem to be rushing through the examination but we request them to follow the proper schedule and hold the examinations in March so that we get proper time to prepare,” the students said.Students demand proper time to prepare to face examination with “relaxed mind rather than under duress.”The weather in Kashmir … [Read more...] about KU Law Students Continue Protests For March Exams
Opinion OCT. 3, 2018 Opinion The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors. The following letter will be presented to the United States Senate on Oct. 4. It will be updated as more signatures are received. Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. As the Congressional Research Service explains, a judge requires “a personality that is even-handed, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result.” The concern for judicial temperament dates back to our founding; in Federalist 78, titled “Judges as Guardians of the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton expressed the need for “the integrity and moderation of the judiciary.” We are law professors who teach, research and write about the judicial institutions of this country. Many of us appear in state and federal court, and our work means that we will continue to do so, including before the United … [Read more...] about The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been getting raps for asserting that his government would continue to place the nation’s security and national interests above the rule of law. He reportedly argued that the individual rights of suspected offenders would not be spared when national and public interests are threatened. According to him, “Rule of Law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest”. Buhari claimed that his government took the position on the basis of subsisting decisions of the Supreme Court. He made the declaration while flagging off the 2018 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on August 26 2018. There are several nuanced issues involved in Buhari’s remarks which are lost by the simplistic condemnation of what he said and the even more unrealistic defence of his posture: One, Buhari was not wrong when he asserted that individual rights could be abridged in defence of either … [Read more...] about OPINION: BUHARI, RULE OF LAW, NATIONAL INTEREST AND NATIONAL SECURITY
By Azu Ishiekwene In his opening address to the association, President Muhammadu Buhari said something that has left the Bar – and the Bench – chasing their tails. He told them that the rule of law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest. In plain language, the rule of law takes second place when national security or interest is at stake. Alluding to the Supreme Court’s decision in Mujahid Asari Dokubo vs The Federal Government of Nigeria (2007), without citing the specific case law, Buhari said he was pleased that this position had been adopted and settled by the court. That is doubtful. The points at issue in the Dokubo case were bail which, no matter the gravity of the offence, is discretionary, and personal liberty, which is only a part of the rule of law. Dokubo had vowed to start a war against Nigeria and it was the opinion of the court that granting him bail would substantially increase the risk … [Read more...] about Lawyers, Buhari and the ruins of law