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.
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.