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Aug 31, 2011

A lawsuit between the heirs of master Expressionist painter George Grosz and New York's Museum of Modern Art has implications for international law, the New York Times reports.

Martin and Lilian Grosz, the painter's son and daughter-in-law, initially sued the museum in 2003, requesting the return of three paintings they allege were stolen by the Nazis before coming into MOMA's possession.

After consulting with experts, the museum rejected the claim, arguing there is no evidence the artworks were looted by the Nazis.

Aug 5, 2011

Cuba’s supreme court has upheld the 15-year prison sentence of 62-year-old U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who was convicted in 2009 on charges of setting up unlicensed internet connections, undermining the Cuban government.

Gross was arrested while working for Development Alternatives, a U.S. government contractor tasked with promoting democracy in Cuba, according to The Washington Post. Cuban authorities found Gross guilty of illegally distributing satellite equipment in an effort to establish internet connections. He did lack necessary permits, The Post reports.

Jul 29, 2011

Judge Evan Jonathan Wallach of the International Trade Court has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama.

Judge Wallach has served on the U.S. Court of International Trade since 1995. He was nominated to the position when Judge Arthur Gajarsa retired.

“Judge Wallach has distinguished himself throughout his legal career in both the public and private sectors,” said Obama in a statement.

Jul 22, 2011

According to CNN, the long-running political conflict in Somalia is making it hazardous for aid agencies to alleviate the damage being caused by the worst drought the country has seen in 60 years.

Parts of southern Somalia are struggling through their first famine in 19 years and the United Nations is urging relief groups and other international organizations to take action or the damages could spread.

"We still do not have all the resources for food, clean water, shelter and health services to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis in desperate need," M

Jul 8, 2011

The case of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr, on death row in Texas for the 1994 rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, has substantial implications for the prosecution of international law.

Texas law enforcement officers never told Leal that as a Mexican citizen, the Vienna Conventions guaranteed him the right to consult with Mexican authorities and seek their aid in obtaining legal representation.