Post-Charlottesville, Silicon Valley is rethinking how far it will go to fight hate speech. But Germany has long taken a different approach, with some of the strictest free speech and anti-defamation laws in Europe. Recent years have seen an increase in hate speech/anti-immigrant propaganda and fake news, which take on new urgency ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 parliamentary elections. Germany is now stepping up its efforts with a new law that fines social media companies more than $58 million for failing to promptly delete illegal, racist, or slanderous comments and posts.
This post explores the impact of ISIS’ presence in Syria, the legal principles underlying the conflict, and the devastating reality that UN members may not have the ability to intervene in the war that is raging on within the Syrian borders. Through the examination of customary international law, it is apparent that foreign involvement may prove to be more difficult than at first glance.
As the Republic of Korea gains recognition for the world’s fastest internet speeds, citizens are doing more than just streaming Netflix on the subway. Read how the Republic is revolutionizing democracy, boasting some of the most efficient e-Government services and ranking among the top in the world for citizen participation in government.
Data privacy is a hot topic around the globe. The General Data Protection Regulation is a leading factor for this trend. The regulation affects all companies conducting business within the European Union. One of the countries seeking to increase its data privacy laws is New Zealand. The United States, however, has taken a step in the other direction. This paper will briefly touch on the upcoming changes to U.S. privacy laws, and then explain the proposed changes to New Zealand’s privacy laws.
Anti-miscegenation appears to be alive and well in the Jewish State of Israel where all marriages must be performed by religious officials, and interreligious marriage is strictly prohibited. This religious based restriction on marriage becomes the equivalent to an anti-miscegenation law when the bloodline requirement to be considered Jewish enough for marriage to another Jew by the Orthodox Jewish Rabbinical Court is also taken into account. Those who follow Israel politics closely should not be shocked to learn that the Rabbinical Courts have become even more hostile in recent years to Jewish converts and the children of Jewish converts.
German deportation practices have been a point of controversy in recent months, especially since the German government has accelerated its deportation processes for those who do not qualify for refugee protection. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier, the push to deport more people was an attempt to persuade conservative voters and preserve support for the asylum system.
A constitutional crisis is continuing to unfold in Poland. In late 2016, the Polish nationalist right-wing government succeeded in packing Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, an important check on legislative and executive power in Poland, capping a year-long campaign where the court overturned numerous laws as unconstitutional.
The human rights concerns surrounding the DPRK are abundant. Tens of thousands of North Korean civilians have been abducted by the North Korean government; family members of “dissidents” have disappeared; North Koreans sent to prison camps experience torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment (many fall ill or die soon after entering custody); citizens must obtain permission to travel within the country as well as abroad; women are trafficked and forced into marriages; and millions of North Koreans face extreme hunger or starvation.
Protecting intellectual property (“IP”) is an important aspect of any business or organization. Whether utilizing trademarks for brand development, copyrights for the works of authorship, or patents for the design or innovation it’s created, having an established IP policy is critical to succeeding in the competitive digital market.
outh Africa is a developed country which is incredibly corrupt, but people are not aware of it. What is so depressing is that learning about the corruption is merely one click away, but Americans do not read about it.
In March 2017, over one million Indian Muslims signed a petition to end the triple talaq, a controversial divorce practice.. The triple talaq has been banned in more than 20 Muslim countries including Pakistan and Bangladesh, but remains in India.
What would you do if you never got to see your child? Not even for one second. You never got the chance to give it a name, you didn’t even know if it was a boy or a girl. Well, this was the reality for many mothers in Australia.
El Salvador has some of the world's most draconian abortion laws. In 1998, abortion was outlawed in El Salvador. The crime carries a prison sentence of up to eight years, but when it is treated as homicide, women are sentenced up to four decades in jail.The tough on crime law enforcement approach has even spilled over to instances where an abortion is inferred cases where a miscarriage occurred.
Simply put, Norway is generally considered to be one of the best countries to call “home.” Despite a well-founded reputation, Norway is not flawless or free of controversy. From 2008 to 2013, there was a fifty percent increase in the overall number of children removed from their homes in Norway. Together, these cases, and the public’s response to them, serve as the basis for the assertion that the Norwegian government is engaged in the practice of “child-kidnapping."
Corruption was so prevalent in Romania that when it joined the European Union in 2007, along with Bulgaria, the European Commission established the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) specifically for these two countries in order to assess Romania’s progress in fighting corrupt practices. Romania has made progress in its fight against corruption, but, if the recent protests in Romania are any indication, Romania still has a long way to go before the CVM reaches its expiration date of 2019.
The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? You may have heard of it before, but not known what it actually meant. The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? Workplace pay is one area that the glass ceiling applies to and Iceland is attempting to tear it down.
A recent case before the European Court on Human Rights has raised the issue of surrogacy as a form of human trafficking. While Article 8 prohibits “interference by a public authority with the exercise of” the right to private life and family life, in January the Court determined that removal of a six-month-old child from his adoptive parents was not a violation of this right.
Has the anti-establishment, anti-European Union, anti-Islam and immigration movement finally begun to waiver? This question is impossible to answer, but an examination of the Netherlands election held in March 2017 could provide some insight.
According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the President shall be elected by a direct election from the people for a five-year term. The President may seek reelection only once. However, the President shall remain in office until the President-Elect “effectively assumes his functions.” Whatever the reason, Kabila has stayed in office well beyond the expiration of his term.
Catalonia is a part of Spain geographically larger than some EU countries. However, the 7.5 million inhabitants of Catalonia neither speak Spanish nor consider themselves Spaniards. Does international law provide a foundation for the ongoing claims for Catalonian independence?
Sweden has sought to have American lobsters reclassified as an invasive species in the European Union. This decision would prohibit the import of American lobsters into all 27 countries with confirmed EU membership. Can environmental protection laws successfully limit international trade?
A number of island nations face the potential of losing land mass due to climate change. Some nations could become uninhabitable due to loss of farmable land and contamination of fresh water sources. The peoples of such nations face the possibility of statelessness. How can atoll nations prepare today for their citizens' future?
International and unilateral agreements to regulate global resources are often questionably effective in their ability to effect change. One Pacific nation has taken matters into its own hands in establishing marine sanctuaries and no take zones to protect its resources and prevent mass extinction.
Real Madrid is getting ready for the Champion Leagues Final this weekend. One player's hometown recently changed the name of its airport to reflect local pride in its star native son. Should Cristiano Ronaldo be worrying about a defamation claim for a statue recently installed there in the Madeira Islands?
World War II wounds have once again resurfaced in the form of legal action, this time against the country of Croatia. Descendants of Croatian Serbs, Jews and Roma are now seeking repayment for their relatives' seized property and suffering during World War II. This post analyzes this current controversy under adhere to the intent of the UNIDROIT convention and Croatia's responsibility to repatriate any property now its its control from World War II.
Hungary has one of the most draconian refugee policies in the European Union. Today's blog post discusses Hungary's Refugee Policy and why it likely violates the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1667 Protocol.
The Red Cross symbol, despite being well-known, is not part of the public domain. It is subject to international law under the Geneva Convention. Today's blog post discusses the game Prison Architect and its inadvertent violation of international law by using the symbol.
Deciding to attend law school is a big decision. Not just the time and mental commitment, but the financial commitment as well. Today's blog post discusses the cost of law school tuitions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.