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Barbados: Offshore Oil Exploration

(Jan. 2, 2008) In June 2007, Barbados planned to launch an offshore oil and gas exploration bidding round with the goal of awarding contracts to the successful bidders by the end of that year. (Barbados to Launch Exploration Round June 1st, RIGZONE, Mar. 28, 2007, http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=43140.) At present, there is no offshore exploration underway, but […]

Ireland: Civil Unions Legislation

(Jan. 2, 2008) Article 41.3 of the Irish Constitution provides, "[t]he State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, upon which the Family is founded, and protect it against attack." (Ir. Const. 1937, art. 41.3, available at http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/index. asp?docID=243 (official source).) In 2003, the High Court of Ireland held that this […]

Canada: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeals of U.S. Deserters

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 15, 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the appeals of two U.S. military deserters who had sought refugee status in Canada. (Brandon David Hughey v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, No. 3211 & Jeremy Hinzman v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, No. 32112, http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/news_release/2007/07-11-15.3a/07-11-15.3a.html (last visited Dec. […]

Canada: Conservative Government Outlines Legislative Program

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, the second session of Canada's 39th Parliament was opened with the customary Speech from the Throne. Delivered by the Governor General in a formal atmosphere, Speeches from the Throne are actually written by and for the Prime Minister and lay out the Government's agenda for the coming session. […]

Canada: Canadian Government Introduces New Security Certificates Bill

(Nov. 2, 2007) In the case of Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that aspects of Canada's law allowing for the detention of suspected foreign terrorists under "security certificates" were unconstitutional (2007 S.C.R. 350). However, the Supreme Court gave the government one year from February 2007 to rewrite the […]