The continuing house arrest of pastor Andrew Brunson has caused increasingly bad U.S.-Turkey relations. However, Brunson’s case has shed a light on the relatively new law that defines terrorism in Turkey, specifically on the immense power they give the government in the name of imposing public order.
The Netherlands is a country that criminalizes certain racist and hate speech. This stems from the country’s history with Nazi ideology and the idea that the marketplace of ideas has failed before and will continue to fail without intervention from the government.
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.