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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Swimming: Arbitrators uphold ban on De Bruin

MICHELLE DE BRUIN, the Irishwoman who as Michelle Smith swam from obscurity into the record books when she won three gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, last night had a four-year ban upheld by sport's international arbitration court. At 29, and with her credibility seemingly terminally damaged, the announcement could effectively mark the end of De Bruin's controversial career.

Law: Slow justice is no kind of justice

Big changes are planned for the European Court of Justice. It's overstretched and under pressure.

Euro Court may open UK branches

LONDON and Edinburgh could have their own mini European Courts of Justice under decentralisation plans aimed at easing the growing congestion and delay of cases being heard in Luxembourg.

Test for `tourist' benefits dropped

BENEFITS RESTRICTIONS for British citizens returning from abroad have been quietly dropped by the Government after a European court ruling.

Forces may allow women on front line

THE GOVERNMENT'S ban on women soldiers serving on the front line could soon be lifted after a ruling by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

Wednesday Law Report: Regulatory functions not chargeable

14 April 1999 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales v Commissioners of Customs and Excise House of Lords (Lord Slynn of Hadley, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, Lord Hoffmann, Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Hutton) 25 March 1999

Obituary: Judge Krateros Ioannou

KRATEROS IOANNOU became a Judge of the European Court of Justice in 1997 and had served for only 18 months before his sudden death following an operation in New York. But he had, in that short time, made his mark as a judge of deep learning, real independence and impartiality of mind, and had passionate loyalty both to the court and to the aims and ideals of the European Union.

EU in crisis: Purge of EU officials finds fresh target

THE EUROPEAN Commission looks set to be convulsed by a further wave of revelations on corruption and mismanagement and a ruthless purge of the top ranks of its officials.

Greeks lose right to claim Feta as theirs

FETA HAS gone the way of Yorkshire pudding and Eccles cakes. No longer may Greece claim a monopoly over the crumbly white cheese, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday.

Thursday Law Report: Housebuilder credited with input tax

18 February 1999

Setback in beer

duty battle

Expats fight for justice in Italy

EXPATRIATE LECTURERS in Italy say universities are continuing to flout European Union employment law on pay and rights, despite court rulings and an official reprimand from Brussels. They say rather than grant them parity with Italians, universities from Trento to Catania are trying to force them to take pay cuts and sign away their acquired rights. They are being told that if they refuse there will be job losses and restructuring.

Better than sex: the joys of litigation

Only erotic obsession comes close to requiring such dedication as the passion of a few for taking their fellow citizens to court.

Neill's plan ridiculed by ministers

MINISTERS LAUNCHED a campaign yesterday to undermine Lord Neill, their anti-sleaze watchdog, after he called on the Government to remain neutral during the referendum on the single European currency.

Neill report ridiculed by ministers

MINISTERS LAUNCHED a campaign yesterday to undermine Lord Neill, their anti-sleaze watchdog, after he called on the Government to remain neutral during the referendum on the single European currency.
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