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Norway: Government Plans to Crack Down on Returning Foreign Convicts

(Mar. 11, 2013) The Norwegian government is reforming two aspects of immigration policy related to foreign convicts in the country. As reported on February 22, 2013, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security is formulating changes in the law in order to send returning foreign convicts back out of <?Norway and to enhance punishments against […]

Norway: New Restrictions on Weapons Exports

(Dec. 7, 2012) Norway has recently adopted rules placing additional restrictions on exports of weapons produced in the country. The move comes after a report that more than 200 civilians were killed by Norwegian firearms in the Iraq war. The government will now have the ability to stop sales of weapons to authoritarian regimes and […]

Ethiopia; Norway: Grant Agreement Signed

(Nov. 20, 2012) On November 1, 2012, <?Norway and Ethiopia signed an agreement on the Access to Justice Project. Signed by Odd-Ingle Kvalheim, Norway's Ambassador to Ethiopia, and Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia's Finance and Economic Development Minister, the agreement provides 23 million birr (about US$1.25 million) in aid for the Project. (Ethiopia and Norway Sign an […]

European Union; Faroe Islands; Iceland; Norway: Dispute over Mackerel Fishing Not Resolved by Talks

(Nov. 7, 2012) On October 22-24, 2012, representatives of Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, and the European Union met in London to discuss the sustainable management of mackerel fishing off their shores, but failed to reach an agreement. (Coastal States’ Talks Fail to Reach a Mackerel Quota Agreement, FIS WORLD NEWS (Oct. 29, 2012).) Richard […]

Norway: Proposed Criminal Law Amendment to Include Internet in Public Space, Public Act Definition

(Oct. 19, 2012) On September 12, 2012, <?Norway's Ministry of Justice published for public comment a proposal recommending that the country's Criminal Code be changed to reflect a new definition of public space and of public action to include the Internet, so that persons who publish hate speech, regardless of the medium, can be more […]

Norway: Tobacco Display Ban Upheld

(Oct. 1, 2012) On September 14, 2012, the Oslo District Court issued a ruling upholding <?Norway's ban on the display of tobacco products. The ban had come into force on January 1, 2010, based on the 2009 amendment of the 1973 Tobacco Control Act. (Press Release, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Norway’s Tobacco Display […]

Norway: Making Public Threats on a Blog Will Be Criminalized

(Aug. 13, 2012) The Storting, Norway's parliament, may update the country's Penal Code in connection with the crime of making threats in public, in the aftermath of a Norwegian Supreme Court (Høyesterett) ruling, issued on August 2, 2012, upholding an appeals court decision that mandated the release of a blogger who allegedly made threats against […]

Norway: Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Tighten Parliamentary Control over Foreign Deployment of Armed Forces

(June 27, 2012) It was reported on June 18, 2012, that Norway's Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti, or SV) has proposed and presented to Norway's Parliament (Storting), a constitutional amendment requiring a parliamentary decision before Norwegian forces can participate in overseas military operations. The government would retain the authority, however, to decide on going to […]

Norway: Four Different Constitutional Amendment Proposals in Parliament

(June 27, 2012) At present there are four proposed amendments to the Norwegian Constitution in the initial stage of consideration by the Storting, Norway's parliament. The proposals have to do with: strengthening the role of parliament in decisions to send troops abroad and making those decisions more transparent, affecting section 25 (Grunnlovsforslag 3 (2011-2012) (Midlertidig) […]

Norway: Change in Church/State Relations

(June 6, 2012) Norway no longer has a state religion. Due to a constitutional change approved by the Storting (Parliament), there is now a separation between church and state. According to Trude Evenshaug, Head of Communications of the National Church Council, “[t]he new law is a symbol of principal equality for all faiths.” (The Government […]