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Bangladesh: Lawyers’ Fury Scares Judges

(Jan. 2, 2008) On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of an order staying the proceedings of three politically sensitive writ petitions challenging President Iajuddin Ahmed's assumption of the office of head of the caretaker government. The […]

Pakistan: Order Curtails Supreme Court Powers

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan refused to entertain a petition against amendments made to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA), on the grounds that the scope of article 184(3) of the Constitution, under which the plea had been filed, had been curtailed under the Provisional Constitution […]

Austria: Proving Foreign Law

(Nov. 2, 2007) In a recent decision, the Austrian Administrative Courts reiterated that the parties in administrative proceedings may have an obligation to prove foreign law, if finding the foreign law would be burdensome for the deciding Austrian agency. The latest of these decisions was issued by the Austrian Administrative Court on May 23, 2007 […]

China: Law of Civil Procedure Amended

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 28, 2007, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed amendments to China's Law of Civil Procedure, the first revision of the law since its adoption in 1991. Two of the key changes are to facilitate applications for a retrial and to increase the effectiveness of execution of judgments. […]