The owners of US chain of craft shops, Hobby Lobby, say they try and run their businesses along Christian lines. Their legal obligation, they say, to (...)

Dutch court: Women overtook men on the Dutch bench in 2008, and since then the imbalance has become more and more pronounced.     Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Court authorities in the Netherlands are considering the extraordinary step of using positive discrimination to help more male lawyers become judges (...)

The statue called The Authority of Law at the entrance to the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

The US supreme court started a new legal term yesterday during which it will decide on matters ranging from protests at abortion clinics to restrictio(...)

Edith Windsor (centre) is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, yesterday. The court heard oral arguments in the case “Edith Schlain Windsor” challenging the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act, the second case about same-sex marriage this week. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The US Supreme Court appeared to be in favour of repealing a 1996 federal law that denies legally married gay couples the same(...)

Demonstrators with opposing views rally  in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington for a second day running as it convenes to tackle the issue of gay marriage and hears arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

US Supreme Court justices have indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. (...)