Author Archives: Isobel

Aboriginal Tribes take legal action against Government

Under the auspices of the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010, the Australian Government proposes to create a nuclear waste dump in Muckaty Station, a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Although the Bill has been approved in the … Continue reading

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Native American Tribe Suing Major Brewing Companies

A Native American tribe is suing five major brewing companies in the District Court of Nebraska. Although alcohol is illegal on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, one in four children born to the resident Oglala Sioux tribe suffers from alcohol … Continue reading

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McKenzie V Minister for Lands, Kimberly, Australia

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has held that three notices issued by the Minister for Lands for the purpose of acquiring interest of an area known as James Price point are invalid. This was determined on the basis of … Continue reading

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Civil Society Group Pursues Freedom of Information Request to Nigerian Federal High Court

The Social Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in Nigeria has filed a suit against the federal government concerning expenditure of recovered stolen funds.  A freedom of information request was filed on 26th September in order to gain access to … Continue reading

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Chevron Continues Legal Challenges against Ecuadorians Seeking Compensation

Oil giant Chevron has asked federal judges to seize the assets of Ecuadorian groups involved in a legal battle over compensation for environmental damages in sections of the Amazon rainforest. A court in Ecuador originally ruled that Chevron had to … Continue reading

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Court Rules Consent Not Required for Belo Monte Dam Construction

On the 9th November, a federal court in Brasilia ruled that construction on the Belo Monte dam could continue without the need for free, prior and informed consent from indigenous groups that will be adversely affected by the project. The … Continue reading

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