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.
In August of 2017, Lebanon passed and signed into law its first animal welfare bill. The Lebanese law will help end the illegal trafficking in wild animals prevalent in Lebanon, particularly lions and tigers who are often kept as status symbols.
The Iraqi government has reclaimed disputed territory under KRG control since 2014. These actions were triggered by the KRG’s recent referendum on independence. In order to solve the issues facing both parties, they will have to revisit critical unclear provisions in the Iraqi constitution, specifically those dealing with rights to self-government and control over oil and gas reserves.
Reading a headline about human trafficking has become common, especially via social media. News and social media headlines seem to suggest human trafficking crimes are increasing. Is this really the case? If so, and more importantly, what is being done to catch and prosecute the perpetrators of human trafficking crimes?
Both religion and secular laws are entrenched in Israel’s legal system. This is due to the fact that being Jewish is both a nationality and religion. Thus, Jewish law has been integrated into Israel’s legal system, but there are continued issues with how much Jewish law to use in a secular legal system.
As medical device technology expands, so does the need for regulation to assure that patients are protected from malfunctioning devices. South Africa expanded its medical device regulation, modeled on the EU’s medical device directive, just prior to the 2017 Medical Device Regulation. What does this mean for South African technology innovators?
Six months ago, Zimbabwe’s President of 40 years, Robert Mugabe, resigned from office. This week, he is scheduled to testify before that country’s Parliament regarding $15 billion dollars’ worth of diamonds that remain missing.
Over sixty countries ban or restrict dual citizenship, based on common law principles regarding allegiances to one’s nationality at birth. However, citizenship can be based both on the location of one’s birth as well as one’s parents’ nationality. Do these principles make sense in the new global economy?
In 2016 a toxic spill from a steel plant caused one of the biggest environmental disasters in Vietnamese history. Vietnam suppressed speech about this incident and imposed lengthy prison sentences on several bloggers for reporting about the spill. This incident highlighted the continual problem of violation of freedom of speech by the Vietnamese government, a right that is guaranteed to its citizens by both the constitution and under principles of international law.