France recently passed a controversial new asylum law that dramatically reduces the amount of time asylees have to file an application for relief and criminalizes illegally entering the country, which is punishable by up to one-year imprisonment. The law has received harsh criticism from both human rights groups and French National Assembly members themselves.
In 2017 Russia removed criminal penalties from acts of domestic abuse that do not leave lasting physical injury. Russian law makers say that this is not a dismissal of the issue and that it still considers domestic violence to be an important societal problem. However, when reporting leads to nothing more than a fine, women have little incentive to make a formal report.
This article looks at the South African Constitution and the purposes behind the new South African land reform policy of land expropriation without compensation. It further addresses concerns with a lack of farming knowledge and the impact this will have on expropriated farms.
Despite international opposition to its whaling practices, Iceland resumed whaling for commercial purposes in 2018. In July 2018, Icelandic whalers were accused of illegally killing a protected blue whale. How is Iceland able to get away with commercial whaling, when this practice is banned around the globe?
After Anders Behrin Breivik went on a killing spree that left nearly 80 people dead, Norway gave him its maximum criminal sentence: twenty-one years. While it seems surprising, Norway’s policy of short-term sentences and preventative detention could be a feasible solution to problems with mass incarceration around the world.
Spanish Congress is considering a new bill that would legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. If the bill does not pass, do those patients have a right to die using assisted suicide under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Given the breadth and subjective nature of how degrading treatment is determined by the Court, patients could have a viable argument.
The Caspian Basin provides oil and natural gas to the world market. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union there has a been a dispute over who owns the resources within the Caspian Sea. The Caspian Sea’s legal status as a sea or lake plays a large role in determining how the resources are managed.
In 2017, the European Union adopted new regulations to improve transparency to information relating to medical devices. But do these laws go far enough to protect patient safety and improve public health?
France’s alarming traffic related death toll prompted the government to implement new driving rules. This blog post digs into France’s preventative and reactionary measures to predict whether they will be effective.
Armenian citizens protested for several days demanding a change to Armenia’s corrupt political and social culture. The people’s revolt resulted in the Prime Minister stepping down and the people’s choice candidate stepping in. The crowds of protesters celebrated their victory and success. But what does this mean for the country’s legal system as it moves toward a more free and democratic nation?
As Lebanon votes for parliamentary members for the first time in nearly ten years, will it be able to maintain its sectarian-based governmental system? Proponents and opponents of the new electoral law have differing views on the effects it will have on equal representation in government and stabilizing the region.
Uruguay is the first country to legalize recreational cannabis. However, this revolutionary legislation puts the country in breach with 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. An upcoming review of certain cannabis-related drugs by the World Health Organization could potentially modernize the international law as recreational cannabis becomes more accepted in the Americas.
It is no secret that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been looking for proof of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election of the United States. Anastasia Vashukevich reached out to the American government via Instagram and offered to help.
A court in Belgium ruled that Facebook violated privacy laws by deploying technology such as cookies and social plug-ins to track internet users across the web. The court threatened Facebook with a fine of 250,000 Euros (USD 310,000) a day and could reach up to 100 million Euros (USD 125 million) if it continued to breach privacy laws.
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was ratified and implemented by numerous Contracting States without providing an exception for victims fleeing their households as a result of domestic violence. Moreover, the Convention’s exceptions have been narrowly construed and typically prevent the child’s return to the original country of residence only if domestic violence was perpetrated against the child. However, in light of the rising number of mothers absconding from the marital home with their children to foreign jurisdictions to avoid further domestic violence against herself or her children, the Convention should be interpreted to afford respondents more opportunity to proffer evidence of domestic abuse in front of the Convention court.
Cryptocurrencies have become a $700+ billion dollar market. This highly unregulated form of currency has baffled most governments who are accustomed to controlling the money supplies in their countries. South Korea is one of the biggest markets for cryptocurrencies, but its government is not too keen on the idea. South Korean decisions on banning cryptocurrency affect the global market of the digital assets.
Ecuador has always remained silent on the issue of child abuse. However, survivors of abuse and the United Nations have gotten involved and pressed Ecuadorian officials to acknowledge this issue and make the necessary changes to the law.
Poland recently passed a new bill that bans accusations that Poles were complicit in the Holocaust. However, Poland has several obligations under international law and the Polish Constitution to protect freedom of expression. Therefore, it is arguable that the holocaust bill is a violation of freedom of expression.
After experiencing political upheaval and civil war, Ivory Coast’s economy has been rapidly developing since 2010. It is now West Africa’s second-largest economy and Africa’s fastest growing economy. Among the turmoil and the upheaval cocoa production has remained the biggest driver in Ivory Coast’s economy. As the country continues to develop and cocoa prices drop, the country is finding ways to encourage chocolate production and local chocolate businesses. Given the money in chocolate is greater than that in cocoa, chocolate production could push Ivory Coast over the top to becoming a developed country.
In the country of Tanzania, homosexuality is criminalized by law and ridiculed by leadership. Homosexual men are particularly targeted under Tanzanian law, which provides that “carnal knowledge…against the order of nature” be severely punished – up to life in prison, and a minimum of thirty years.”
Sierra Leone is one of more than 70 countries that criminalizes gay sexual activity. The stories of LGBTQ members in Sierra Leone and in other non-Anglo countries as a whole provide comprehensive insight into the cultural values that often promote homophobic legislation throughout the world.