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Iceland/European Court of Human Rights: Dismissal of Defamation Claim Violated Right to Respect for Private Life

(Nov. 20, 2017) On November 7, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that the Icelandic Supreme Court had erred in ruling against a claim of defamation, and “had not struck a fair balance between the applicant’s right to respect for his private life under Article 8 of the Convention [for the Protection of Human […]

Sweden: Bitcoins Seized During Asset Seizure

(Nov. 7, 2017) On October 12, 2017, the Swedish Kronofogden (Enforcement Authority) announced that it had for the first time seized Bitcoin assets in the course of actions taken against a debtor and that it would auction them off during an online auction. (Press Release, Kronofogden, Nu kan du köpa bitcoin hos Kronofogden [Now You […]

Sweden: Court Rules Accommodating Deaf Professor Would Place Disproportional Burden on State Employer

(Nov. 3, 2017) On October 11, 2017, the Swedish Arbetsdomstol (Labor Court) held that a deaf man could be denied a position as lector at a university, even though he was the best qualified applicant, because the cost of translating his lectures from sign language would be too great. (Labor Court, Decision No. 51/17, Case […]

Sweden: Court Says Previous Sex Change Not a Bar to Second Change of Legal Gender Identity

(Oct. 11, 2017) On August 28, 2017, the Stockholm Court of Administrative Appeal found that a woman who was born male has the right to change her legal identity back to that of a man, even though she has female genitalia. The woman had undergone gender transformative surgery and sterilization in 2011, whereupon she became […]

Sweden: Law to Allow Photo Drones Passed

(Aug. 28, 2017) On June 20, 2017, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation that will allow private individuals to operate drones with photo capabilities without a prior license/approval from state authorities. The new provisions take effect on August 1, 2017. (Kameraövervakningslagen och möjligheterna att använda drönare [Camera Surveillance Act and the Possibility of Using Drones], Justitieutskottets […]

Finland: Parliament Passes New Postal Act to Reduce Service

(Aug. 14, 2017) On June 8 and June 21, 2017, the Finnish Parliament, in both a first round and second round of voting, approved amendments to the country’s Postal Act, allowing for distribution of letters and packages to be limited to three days a week in larger cities. (Innehållet i postlagen godkänt, RIKSDAGEN (June 8, […]

Denmark: Blasphemy Law Repealed

(July 6, 2017) On June 8, 2017, the Danish Parliament repealed the blasphemy provision in the Danish Penal Code. The repeal took effect on the day after publication in the Lovtidende (Danish official gazette), i.e., on June 10, 2017.  (Lov om ændring af straffeloven, LOV nr 675 af 08/06/2017 [Law on Amending the Penal Code, […]

Denmark: List of Religious Extremists Banned from Denmark Published

(June 21, 2017) On June 15, 2017, Denmark edited its “National Sanction List” of religious preachers who are prohibited from entering Denmark.  The original list, created on May 2, 2017, by the Danish Immigration Service, bans extreme religious advocates from entering Denmark.  The list is instituted by virtue of an amendment to the Aliens Act […]

Sweden: Parliament Votes to Grant Migrants Extended Residence Permits to Complete High School

(June 9, 2017) On May 3, 2017, the Swedish Parliament voted to amend the Act on Temporary Restrictions on the Right to Obtain Residence Permits in Sweden, to allow students aged 17-25 to remain in Sweden while they complete their high school education. (Lag om ändring i lagen (2016:752) om tillfälliga begränsningar av möjligheten att […]