Lipstick, pizza dough, instant noodles, ice cream, detergent, margarine, cookies, biodiesel, and soap. These are just a few of many everyday products that are used worldwide which contain palm oil. As production continues to grow for this product, so does deforestation and legislation surrounding its use. Read this blog to see the different arguments for and against stricter legislation.
The Norwegian constitution and Norwegian law prioritize media pluralism and media ownership transparency by targeting concentration of media ownership and supporting public media. In contrast, the U.S. seems to be reversing policies that limit the concentration of media ownership, and the Trump administration wants to cut federal funding for public broadcasting by almost 94%.
This blog post explores the recent developments regarding the indictment issued against New York Knicks center Enes Kanter. Kanter, an open dissident of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, published tweets in May and June 2016 about Erdoğan, which the government interpreted as insulting toward the president. This blog also examines the possibility of Kanter’s extradition if he is found guilty in a Turkish court.
There is an old provision in the Australian constitution that prevents any dual citizens from holding office. In 2017, this provision was revisited and confirmed, causing the deputy prime minister to abdicate has the position because of a New Zealander father. It seems that moving forward, it could be in Australia’s best interest to revisit this provision.
The Federal Council of Psychology in Brazilian ruled over 18 years ago that psychiatrists cannot advertise sexual orientation reversion therapies to potential patients as a cure for homosexuality. Many professional medical associations have made statements discrediting these conversion therapies stating it is ineffective and harmful. However, in September 2017, a federal judge in Brazil has overruled this precedent and has allowed psychiatrists to again advertise these treatments.
Countries around the world are beginning to grapple with the legal rights of citizens in the technology age. India has joined the European Union in recognition of a right to privacy. What led to this landmark decision, and what are the implications?
Across the globe, countries have recognized the significant costs and risks to consumers relating to the market in stolen and counterfeit pharmaceuticals. A growing, global trend is the enactment of legislation that will eventually require the entire pharmaceutical supply chain to monitor individual prescription drugs from manufacture to consumption. As the Russian government and pharmaceutical companies seek to develop the industry within Russia, implementation of a drug tracking system in Russia is delayed and the timetable remains uncertain.
Australia has convicted its first person for marrying a child, four years after enacting laws prohibiting child marriage. Hopefully, Australia can continue this positive trend of enforcement to fully prevent child marriages in the future.
Morgan was a keynote speaker at the Michigan State International Law Review's 2018 Symposium, Issues in Sports in Courts. We are sharing her statement to convey her important message to the legal community at large.
Jessica was a keynote speaker at the Michigan State International Law Review's 2018 Symposium, Issues in Sports in Courts. We are sharing her statement to convey her important message to the legal community at large.
Since 2016, tensions have been high between Poland and the European Union over several new laws that Poland has been working to pass regarding their court system. In response to these new laws, the European Union has begun to implement both the rule of law procedure and the infringement procedure against Poland. While these legal changes may serve an important role in increasing judicial efficiency in Poland, the new legislation may not be in compliance with Poland's obligations under European Union law, leaving Poland open to potential sanctions.
The Russian pharmaceutical industry is rapidly growing and is poised to continue on this trajectory in the next several years. This growth coincides with concerted action by the Russian government to foster development in Russian-manufactured pharmaceuticals as part of its broader strategy to develop its pharmaceutical industry. However, with growth comes growing pains, and in the coming months and years Russian government and industry will encounter challenges, the solutions to which will shape the contours of the pharmaceutical market in Russia.
Bulgaria, an Eastern European country formerly a part of the Soviet Bloc, did not criminalize domestic violence until 2005. The lack of such basic protection for women symbolized the country’s tolerance, indifference, and even promotion of degradation of women. However, grassroots organizations working with regional and international partners in Bulgaria have made significant strides for women’s rights since 2005.
Cryptocurrency is growing in popularity and acceptance in financial markets. But not all countries share the same interests as investors. Will China’s recent attempts to clamp down on Bitcoin harm the digital currency market, or does China risk missing out on the benefits of this developing technology?
Pollution has quickly become one of Mongolia’s largest issues. The high levels of pollution threaten the health, safety and wellness of the people that reside there. The issue of pollution is so extreme, that it can lead to even death. It is imperative that this issue be resolved in a timely manner because the people of Mongolia’s lives are at risk.
Image credit: “A woman wears a face mask in the part of the city near neighbourhoods known for burning coal for heating in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, January 26, 2017.” Eleanor Ross, How Deadly Pollution Became One of Mongolia’s Biggest Problems, Newsweek, (March 2, 2017), http://www.newsweek.com/pollution-mongolia-ulaanbaatar-deadly-kill-children-higher-beijing-562881.
China shares an interest with the Philippines in the South China Sea. However, it has continuously ignored the South China Sea Code of Conduct, instead following its own agenda. The Philippines should likewise abandon the Code.
France regulates French presidential campaign spending and contributions far more stringently than the U.S. regulates its presidential campaigns. There are advantages and disadvantages to each system, but the U.S. would benefit by incorporating aspects of the French system.
The northeastern region of Catalonian recently declared independence from Spain, which has caused a whole host of problems for the country. This blog post explores the timeline of this independence crisis and how Spain and Catalonia can work together and use history to find a mutually beneficial solution.
The Olympics are lucrative business today. The International Olympic Committee is a billion-dollar organization, and it is supposed to facilitate Olympic sports worldwide. Instead, it absolves itself of responsibility by giving away money to international federations to do with as they please. That leaves athletes to languish in poverty while IOC executives and broadcasting companies get rich off of them.
Swiss authorities have traditionally had limited abilities to hold an association or corporation organized as a Swiss legal person legally accountable for bribery or corrupt acts committed by natural persons. In 2016, the Swiss criminal code "Lex FIFA" amendments became effective. Following these new laws, Switzerland should no longer a legal safe haven for associations and other corporate entities to avoid vicarious liability for the actions of that entity’s leadership.
While the Olympics are a time of global celebration, for women in Saudi Arabia it is also a painful reminder of the lack of opportunities they have to compete in sports. Though the country is taking small steps towards female inclusion in sports, the movement is anything but expedited. Although a handful of women have competed on the Saudi Olympic team, the question remains whether this has furthered women’s rights back home or if their participation is merely a show to appease international human rights concerns.
As the 2018 Olympics get underway, the relationship between North and South Korea is as much in the spotlight as are the athletes preparing for competition. What has changed in the thirty years since the last Olympics held on the Korean penninsula?
No Russian flag, no Russian anthem –the decision by IOC to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics shocked the sports community. An interesting legal analysis of the Olympic Charter, WADA, the appeals process of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Russia’s possible arguments.
On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect in the European Union. This new data security law will greatly impact both anti-doping and sports clubs in how these organizations handle personal data of athletes.
It’s been 70 years since the last peaceful transition of power in Liberia. On December 28th, 2017, Liberians elected former FIFA star George Weah as their president. Called “King George” by his backers, 51-year-old Weah’s rags-to-riches story draws support from the young and poor, but will Weah have the political prowess necessary to maintain peace in a country marred by back-to-back civil wars and entwined with political corruption?
 Laurel Wamsley, Liberia Elects Soccer Star George Weah Its Next President, NPR (Dec. 28, 2017, 2:37 PM), https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/28/574172627/liberia-elects-soccer-star-george-weah-its-next-president.