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Norway: Supreme Court Rules on Boundaries of Hate Speech

(Aug. 7, 2018) On April 12, 2018, the Norwegian Supreme Court issued a judgment under which a person was sentenced to prison for hate speech. (Norges Høyesterett [Norwegian Supreme Court] Dom [Case No.] HR-2018-674-A, Lovdata website; HR-2018-674-A, Supreme Court website.) The Court found that the man, who on August 15, 2015, had repeatedly called another […]

Norway: Government Publishes First Drone Strategy

(July 31, 2018) On April 3, 2018, the Norwegian government published its first drone strategy. (Press Release, Regjeringen [Government], Norges første dronestrategi er på plass [Norway’s First Drone Strategy Completed] (Apr. 3, 2018), Norwegian Government website.) The provisions focus on six different areas connected with drone operations: Aviation Regulation of Drone Activity and Flight Safety; […]

Norway: Supreme Court: Finnmark Estate Agency Has Right to Regulate Fishery, Hunting and Use of Natural Resources in Finnmark

(Mar. 30, 2018) On March 9, 2018, the Norwegian Supreme Court issued a unanimous judgment in a dispute regarding who may regulate fishing, hunting, and the use of natural resources in the Nesseby municipality in Finnmark (part of the Sápmi region in the northern part of Norway, inhabited by the Sami people).  (Supreme Court Case, […]

Norway: State and Church Separate After 500 Years

(Feb. 3, 2017) On January 1, 2017, the Norwegian State Church (Norske statskirke) was formally and completely legally separated from the state when an amendment to the Church Act took effect. The changes made the Norwegian State Church into its own legal entity with no connection to the Norwegian state. (Lov om endringer i kirkeloven […]

Norway: Procurement Law to Stem Deforestation, Protect Human Rights Adopted

(Sept. 16, 2016) On June 17, 2016, the Norwegian Parliament passed a new procurement law that mandates consideration of environmental consequences, human rights, and other social effects in public procurement processes. (Lov om Offentlige Anskaffelser (Anskaffelsesloven), LOV 2016-06-17-73 [Procurement Act No. 73 of June 17, 2016], LOVDATA.) This goal is spelled out in article 5 […]

Norway: District Court Says State Violated Breivik’s Rights

(Apr. 26, 2016) On April 20, 2016, the District Court of Oslo announced its verdict in the human rights case brought by Anders Behring Breivik, who had been convicted in 2012 of the murders of over 70 people. (Press Release, Oslo District Court, Verdict: Lawsuit Regarding Prison Regime and Claimed Violation of Human Rights (ECHR) […]

Norway: District Court Hears Breivik Accusation of Violations of Human Rights

(Mar. 18, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Oslo District Court convened to hear a suit lodged by Anders Behring Breivik alleging that his treatment in prison is a violation of his human rights. (Press Release, Oslo Tingrett [Oslo District Court], Lawsuit Regarding Prison Regime and Claimed Violation of Human Rights (ECHR) (Mar. 14, 2016), […]

Norway: Ethics Body Votes in Favor of Allowing Transgender Males to Keep Ovaries

(Nov. 16, 2015) Under a new draft law on changing one’s legal status formulated by Norway’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, men who are born as women and women who are born as men who wish to change their legal gender would no longer have to undergo irreversible sterilization and castration to do so, […]

ASEAN; Norway: Partnership Plans Announced

(Aug. 24, 2015) According to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, Norway has been invited to create a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is the first Western European country to forge such a relationship with the ten-member organization. (Norway to Enter into Partnership with ASEAN, NORWAY POST […]

Canada; Denmark; Norway; Russia; United States: Fishing Declaration Covering Central Arctic

(July 21, 2015) Five countries that ring the Arctic Ocean, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States, signed a declaration in Oslo on July 16, 2015, designed to prevent unregulated fishing in the central part of that ocean. (Press Release, U.S. Department of State, Arctic Nations Sign Declaration to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in the […]