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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 […]

Norway: Full Digitalization of Public Administration

(May 22, 2012) The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on April 12, 2012, that “[c]orrespondence between the public and the administration will be based on digital mail,” and that full digitalization of the public sector will be the next major government reform. Citizens who prefer paper-based communication will have to actively select it […]

Norway: Indictment of Breivik for Terrorism, Arson, Murder

(Mar. 13, 2012) On March 7, 2012, Norwegian prosecutors made public the 18-page indictment against Anders Behring Breivik on charges of terrorism, arson, and murder. Breivik is accused of having killed 77 people, in Oslo and on the nearby island of Utøya, on July 22, 2012. (Horror of Norway Massacre Detailed in Terror Indictment Against […]

Norway: Crime Victims’ Compensation to Be Increased After July 2011 Massacre

(Mar. 1, 2012) It was reported on December 8, 2011, that the Storting (Norway's Parliament) will increase the amount of compensation given to victims of violent crime as well as the number of victims eligible for such compensation. The increase was suggested in the aftermath of the July 22, 2011, massacre of 77 persons, by […]

Norway: Developments in Mass Murder Case

(Jan. 20, 2012) On January 13, 2012, the Oslo District Court ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of criminal suspect Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to launching a car-bomb attack against government ministries in Oslo and killing a large number of young people on Utoya Island outside the city on July 22, 2011. Judge Wenche […]

Norway; United Nations: Expert Criticizes Plan to Repeal Laws on Indigenous Peoples

(Nov. 3, 2011) On October 28, 2011, James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, advocated the rejection of a proposal made by one political party in Norway that laws and policies that now protect indigenous peoples be repealed. Anaya stated that such a repeal would be an “enormous setback […]

Norway: Concerns Raised for Passenger Data Privacy Under Proposed E-Ticket Transport System

(Nov. 1, 2010) Norway's Data Inspectorate (DI) issued a statement on October 21, 2010, raising concerns about customer privacy under a proposed electronic ticketing system for the country's transportation network that might register up to 30 pieces of information each time the holder validates a travel card for purchase. Such a system might be open […]

Norway; United States: Comparative Study of Drilling Regulations Issued

(Sept. 15, 2010) On August 26, 2010, DNV (Det Norske Veritas), self-described as “an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment” that provides risk-management services, issued a report summarizing the differences in the offshore drilling regulations of Norway and the United States. (About Us, DNV website, (last visited Sept. […]