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Canada: Ontario Court Upholds Decision to Deny Accreditation to Proposed Law School

(July 10, 2015) On July 2, 2015, the Divisional Court of Ontario upheld the legality of a vote taken by Ontario’s Law Society (Law Society of Upper Canada) in April that denied accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. (Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2015 ONSC 4250, […]

Tunisia: State of Emergency Declared

(July 8, 2015) On July 4, 2015, following the June 26 terrorist attack in Tunisia’s beach resort city of Sousse, in which 38 tourists were killed, the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a 30-day state of emergency. Under such a situation, security forces have more powers and the right of assembly is limited. Furthermore, […]

Brazil: National Council of Justice Sets Quota for Blacks

(June 15, 2015) The Brazilian National Council of Justice issued a resolution on June 9, 2015, that establishes that 20% of the available positions in public exams designed to select people to enter the bodies of the judiciary, including exams to become a judge, must be filled by black people. The rule is mandatory when […]

Brazil: Alimony Now Permitted for Gay Couples

(Mar. 9, 2015) On March 3, 2015, the Brazilian Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiça, STJ) unanimously granted to one of the partners of a gay union the right to request alimony in a case involving a separation. (STJ Garante a Gays Direito de Pedir Pensão Alimentícia, VEJA (Mar. 4, 2015).) The case […]

Pakistan: Constitutional Amendment to Extend Jurisdiction of Superior Courts to Tribal Areas

(Mar. 3, 2015) On February 20, 2015, Pakistan’s Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved a constitutional amendment that would extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and a High Court to Pakistan’s specially administered tribal regions. (Constitutional Amendment: Senate Body Clears Bill on Tribal People’s Rights, EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Feb. 20, 2015).) The amendment, […]

Kenya: Security Laws (Amendment) Bill Enacted

(Dec. 30, 2014) On December 19, 2014, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, a day after Parliament approved the law amid nationally televised chaos involving heckling and fistfights, as some members sought to air their strong opposition to the proposal. (Chaos in Kenyan Parliament, CAPITAL FM KENYA […]

Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started

(Oct. 29, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the “Law on Cleansing of the Authorities,” widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] website.) The Law establishes a lustration policy and a timetable of reviews that will be conducted […]

Malaysia: Human Rights Experts Again Urge Sedition Law Abolition

(Oct. 15, 2014) On October 8, 2014, a group of experts associated with the United Nations Human Rights Council called for the abolition of Malaysia’s 1948 Sedition Act. U.N. officials have frequently urged that the law be dropped. (Colleen Mallick, UN Rights Experts Urge Malaysia to Abolish Sedition Act, PAPER CHASE (Oct. 9, 2014); Press […]

Egypt: Draft Law Regulating the Relationship Between Employees and Employers During Strikes

(Oct. 8, 2014) On October 4, 2014, representatives of Egypt’s Ministry of Labor held a number of meetings with representatives of labor unions across the nation to discuss a draft law regulating workers’ strikes. According to a statement issued by the Ministry to the local press, both the Ministry’s representatives and the labor unions agreed […]

Australia: Foreign Fighters Bill Introduced in Parliament

(Sept. 30, 2014) On September 24, 2014, the Australian Attorney-General, George Brandis, introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 in the Senate. (Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014, Parliament of Australia website.) Background and Related Bills The introduction of the bill follows a comprehensive review of Australia’s counterterrorism legislation, which, Brandis said, […]