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Israel: Supreme Court Holds Threat of Suicide Not a Criminal Offense

(Feb. 15, 2018) On January 17, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court unanimously overturned the conviction of an appellant who had threatened to take her own life and been charged with committing a criminal threat under § 192 of the Penal Law, 5737-1977. The Court opinion was issued by Justice Dafna Barak-Erez, with Justices Uzi Vogelman and […]

Liberia: Temporary Ban on Domestic Violence, Including Female Genital Mutilation

(Jan. 31, 2018) On January 19, 2018, as one of her last acts in office before handing power to current President George Weah, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued an executive order on domestic violence.  (Press Release, Liberia Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf Signs Executive Order on Domestic Violence (Jan. 20, 2018).) Sirleaf issued the Order after […]

Colombia/Mexico/United States: Joint Strategy on Transnational Crime

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 6–7, 2017, the attorneys general of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States participated in the Trilateral Summit Against Transnational Organized Crime, whose goal was to “renew the existing commitment to international judicial cooperation and to deepen joint strategies in the fight against transnational organized crime.” (Press Release, US Department of […]

Cambodia: Whistleblower Law Being Drafted

(Jan. 9, 2018) Om Yentieng, the head of Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), speaking on December 25, 2017, stated that the drafting of a law on the protection of whistleblowers and witnesses is nearly complete. (Phak Seangly, Cambodia: Whistleblower Law Nearly Done: ACU, PHNOM PENH POST ONLINE (Dec. 26, 2017), Open Source Enterprise, Document No. SER2017122707534238.) […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Increase Penalties for Targeting Transport Operators with Lasers

(Jan. 4, 2018) A new bill before the Parliament of the United Kingdom is set to increase the penalties that can be imposed on individuals who target transport operators with laser devices. The bill encompasses operators of not just planes, but a variety of vehicles, including trains, motor vehicles, pedal cycles, boats, hovercraft, and submarines. […]

ICC: Jurisdiction over Crime of Aggression Activated

(Dec. 26, 2017) The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) met at United Nations headquarters from December 4 to 14, 2017. (Press Release, Assembly Activates Court’s Jurisdiction over Crime of Aggression, ICC website (Dec. 15, 2017).) The Assembly “is the Court’s management oversight and legislative body and […]

Brazil: Harsher Punishments for DUI

(Dec. 26, 2017) On December 20, 2017, Brazil enacted Law No. 13,546, which amends the National Traffic Code to establish harsher punishments for driving while intoxicated. (Lei No. 13,546, de 19 de Dezembro de 2017, PLANALTO; Código Nacional de Trânsito, Law No. 9,503 of September 23, 1997, PLANALTO.) The Law increases the punishment for driving […]

Jamaica: Comprehensive Privacy Bill Introduced

(Dec. 21, 2017) A bill, which if passed would become the Data Protection Act, 2017, was introduced in the Jamaican House of Representatives on October 10, 2017.  (Data Protection Act 2017 (the Bill) (filed Aug. 28, 2017), Parliament of Jamaica website; George Lynch, Jamaica Takes First Step Toward Comprehensive Privacy Law, BLOOMBERG LAW (Oct. 13, […]

United Kingdom: New Bill Strengthens Animal Protection, Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

(Dec. 14, 2017) A draft bill introduced before the British Parliament on December 12, 2017, aims to strengthen animal protection and contribute to raising welfare standards for animals across the United Kingdom. The Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Draft Bill will increase ten-fold the maximum sentence the courts can impose under section 32 […]

Georgia: Marijuana Use Decriminalized

(Dec. 13, 2017) On November 30, 2017, the Constitutional Court of Georgia decriminalized the personal use of marijuana and other cannabis-based products. The Court decision, while affirming the right to use marijuana, recognized its potential health risks and did not legalize the sale, distribution, or production of marijuana; those acts are still considered crimes.  Decriminalization […]