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Tunisia: Government Lifts Ban on Inter-Religious Marriages

(Sept. 19, 2017) On September 14, 2017, the Tunisian government lifted a ban on inter-religious marriages between Muslim Tunisian females and non-Muslim males. (Tunisia Lifts Ban on Muslim Women Marrying Non-Muslims, AL JAZEERA (Sept. 14, 2017).) This measure was issued by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.  During his speech on the national Women’s Day that […]

Egypt: Calls for New Constitutional Amendments

(Aug. 29, 2017) On August 16, 2017, members of Egypt’s Council of Representatives (the parliament) suggested revisions to a number of articles of the 2014 Constitution, including articles 103, 140, 146, and 190.)  (Slah Issah, The Three Dimensions of Constitution Amendments, AL-MASRY AL-YOUM (Aug. 11, 2017) (in Arabic); Egypt’s Constitution of 2014, CONSTITUTE PROJECT.) The […]

Qatar: Anti-Terror Legislation Amended

(Aug. 16, 2017) On July 20, 2017, the Amir of Qatar issued Decree No. 4 of 2017 to amend Law No. 11 of 2004 on combating terrorism. Decree No. 4 of 2017 covers the definition of acts of terrorism.  (Qatar Amir Issues Decree to Amend Provisions of Anti-Terror Law, AL ARABIYA (July 20, 2017).) Specifically, […]

Jordan: Repeal of Controversial Article in Penal Code

(Aug. 8, 2017) On August 1, 2017, the majority of members of the lower house (House of Representatives) of the Jordanian parliament voted to repeal article 308 of the Penal Code, which had allowed rapists to avoid a jail term if they married the victim. (Zena Tahhan, ‘Historic Day’ as Jordanian Parliament Repeals Rape Law, […]

Kuwait: Counter Terrorism Legislation Proposed By MP

(Aug. 3, 2017) On July 24, 2017, Waleed Al-Tabtabai, a Kuwaiti Member of Parliament, proposed legislation calling for prison terms for Hezbollah backers. The draft legislation proposes that members and supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah political party who might be active in Kuwait be sentenced upon conviction to up to 20 years’ imprisonment. (Kuwait MP Proposes Jail Terms […]

Egypt: Judicial Supervision of Electoral Process to Be Eliminated

(July 31, 2017) On July 4, 2017, the Egyptian Council of Representatives (the parliament) approved a law on eliminating the role of the judiciary in supervising future parliamentary and presidential elections. The new law assigns the National Electoral Commission as the sole agency in charge of monitoring future general elections and referenda.  Two-thirds of the […]

Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Supreme Constitutional Court Halts Decision of High Administrative Court Concerning Maritime Border Demarcation Agreement

(July 5, 2017) On June 21, 2017, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt repealed all the decisions issued by the High Administrative Court on the Egyptian-Saudi Maritime Border Demarcation Agreement. The repeal is temporary until the Supreme Constitutional Court decides whether or not the bilateral agreement is constitutional. (Egypt’s Constitutional Court Halts all Verdicts on […]

Egypt/Saudi Arabia: Egyptian Parliament Ratifies Maritime Border Demarcation Agreement

(June 26, 2017) On June 14, 2017, in a general session, the Egyptian Council of Representatives (the parliament) ratified the maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Based on this bilateral agreement, Egypt will cede its territorial rights to two Red Sea islands (Tiran and Sanfair) to Saudi Arabia. (Egypt Parliament to Vote […]

Egypt: President Ratifies NGO Law

(June 9, 2017) On May 24, 2017, President Abdul Al-Fatah Al-Sisi of Egypt signed Law No. 70 of 2017, on non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  (Law No. 70 of 2017, 20 AL-JARIDDAH AL RASMYAH (duplicate) (May 24, 2017) (in Arabic).)  This Law repeals Law No. 84 of 2002.  (Sisi Passes a Law Organizing the Work of NGOs, […]

Qatar: New Arbitration Law Passed

(June 5, 2017) On March 13, 2017, Qatar passed Law No. 2 of 2017 on rules of arbitration.  The new Law is based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law, which is designed to assist countries in reforming their domestic arbitration laws in the field of international commercial arbitration.  Law […]