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Namibia: Bill on Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

(June 1, 2017) In April 2017, the Namibian National Assembly reportedly passed the Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill and sent it to the other chamber of Parliament, the National Council, for review.  (Absalom Shigwedha, NA Passes Bill on Use of Genetic Resources, NAMIBIAN (May 11, 2017).)  If the bill is confirmed by […]

Namibia: Supreme Court Ruling Against Forced Sterilizations of HIV-Positive Women

(Nov. 10, 2014) On November 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Namibia ruled that three HIV-positive women had been forcibly sterilized, without proper consent, during emergency caesarean deliveries. The Court thereby affirmed an intermediate court ruling from July 2012, determining that the women had not freely given informed consent. (Alexandra Farone, Namibia High Court Rules […]

Namibia: Electoral Law Amendment Planned

(June 23, 2014) According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before the next general election, scheduled for November of this year. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology […]

Namibia: Police Chief Calls for Gun Law Reform

(May 23, 2013) It was reported on May 20, 2013, that Sebastian Ndeitunga, Namibia’s Police Inspector General, said that the country is “too armed”; that the process for obtaining arms is too lax; and that the country should quickly move to tighten the governing law, the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1996. (Shinovene Immanuel, Top […]

Namibia: Environmental Management Act Takes Effect Four Years After Adoption

(Mar. 1, 2012) On January 18, 2012, Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism put into effect the Environmental Management Act (EMA), Act No. 7 of 2007. (Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia, No. 3966 (Dec. 27, 2007), Ministry of Environment and Tourism website, http://www.met.gov.na/Documents/Enivronmental%20 Management%20Act.pdf). It came into force as of February 6, 2012, […]

Namibia: High Court Declares Anti-Corruption Act Provision Unconstitutional

(Feb. 23, 2012) On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission of Namibia website) to be unconstitutional. The provision in question defines the term “corruptly.” (Werner Menges, Namibia: […]

Namibia: If You Must Steal a Cow or Goat, Don’t Get Caught

(Aug. 9, 2010) The constitutionality of the Namibian Livestock Theft Law, which was amended in 2004 to impose a harsh penalty for livestock theft, is being challenged before the Namibian High Court (High Court Reserves Judgment, NEW ERA (July 27, 2010), http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=12175). Protasius Daniel and Willem Peter, individuals challenging the Law, were convicted and sentenced […]

Namibia: Namibian Laws Soon to Be Available Online

(July 23, 2010) It was reported on July 19, 2010, that Namibia has embarked on a comprehensive new undertaking, the E-Laws Project, to make all its laws available through a web interface which, upon completion, is expected to improve access to Namibian laws for legal practitioners and the general public (New Website Contains All Namibian […]

Namibia: Government Sued for Sterilizing Women on Account of their HIV Status

(June 3, 2010) It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account of their (positive) HIV status. (Catherine Sasman, Sterilisation Case in Court, NEW ERA, June 2, 2010, […]

Namibia: Industrial Property Bill Proposed

(Apr. 19, 2010) On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place (including the Trade Marks in South West Africa Act (No. 48 of 1973), the Patents Act […]