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Turkey: AKP Submits Draft “Judicial Reform Package” to Grand National Assembly

(Oct. 17, 2019) On October 7, 2019, the Justice Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT, Turkey’s parliament) accepted a draft bill constituting a “judicial reform package” that was submitted to the GNAT by Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (the AKP) on September 30, 2019. A press statement released by the AKP stated […]

Italy: New Provisions on National Cybersecurity Enter into Force

(Oct. 16, 2019) On September 22, 2019, Decree Law No. 105 of September 21, 2019 (Decreto-Legge 21 settembre 2019, n. 105) (D.L. No. 105), containing urgent provisions on national cybersecurity, entered into force in Italy. The purpose of the new legislation is to guarantee the highest level of security for networks, information systems, and information […]

Brazil: New Law Criminalizing Abuse of Authority Enacted

(Oct. 15, 2019) On September 5, 2019, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, promulgated Law No. 13,869 (Lei No. 13.869, de 5 de Setembro de 2019), which provides for crimes of abuse of authority and amends and revokes other laws. President Bolsonaro had initially issued 19 vetoes that encompassed 36 provisions of the Law, and the National Congress […]

Australia: New South Wales Bill Decriminalizing Abortion Passed

(Oct. 9, 2019) On September 26, 2019, the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament passed the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. The Bill, which will become the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 (NSW), amends the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) in order to decriminalize abortion, and sets out new provisions to regulate the conduct of practitioners with respect […]

Morocco: Draft Law Introduced to Protect Whistle-Blowers in Corruption Cases

(Oct. 8, 2019) On February 15, 2019, the Moroccan Minister of Administration and Public Service announced the introduction of a new draft law to protect whistle-blowers. The draft law is intended to fulfill Morocco’s commitment as a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption to enact relevant domestic laws, in this case by protecting […]

Finland: Citizens’ Initiative to Expel Persons Sentenced for Sexual Crimes Delivered to Finnish Parliament

(Oct. 3, 2019) On September 3, 2019, a citizens’ initiative (proposal for legislative action) to expel non-citizens who have committed sexual crimese was delivered to the Finnish parliament. The initiative was signed by 118,375 individuals (including the initiative taker, Saila Al-Jewari). The proposal asks the Finnish Parliament to discuss and pass legislation to allow for […]

Brazil: Bill Approved Authorizing Possession of Firearms on Rural Properties

(Sept. 27, 2019) On August 21, 2019, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved Bill No. 3,715/2019 (Projeto de Lei 3715/2019), which amends the Disarmament Statute of 2003 (Estatuto do Desarmamento, Lei No. 10.826, de 22 de dezembro de 2003). The bill authorizes the possession of firearms throughout the extent of rural properties. For example, the […]

England and Wales: Owner of Company Making Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls Banned from Running Businesses for Five Years

(Sept. 26, 2019) On August 20, 2019 business owner Jonathan De Sousa, whose UK registered company Xternal Property Renovations Ltd made almost 110,000 unsolicited phone calls for the purposes of direct marketing during a three-month period in 2015, was disqualified from owning, forming, or running a company for five years by the government’s Insolvency Service. […]

England and Wales: Members of Nigerian Organized Crime Gang Sentenced to Jail for Conspiracy to Money Laundering

(Sept. 24, 2019) On August 2, 2019, three Nigerian siblings were sentenced in Woolwich Crown Court in London to imprisonment for conspiracy to money launder almost £1 million (about US$1.2 million) in violation of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The offenders had laundered the money for the Black Axe organization, a banned organization in […]

Brazil: Law Amended to Require Domestic Violence Aggressors to Pay for Victims’ Treatment

(Sept. 23, 2019) A bill requiring perpetrators of domestic violence to reimburse the Unified Health System (Sistema Unico de Saúde, SUS) for the costs of the victim’s medical and hospital care was approved on August 20, 2019, by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. The bill (Projeto de Lei 2438/2019) amended Law No. 11, 340 of […]