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European Union: Twenty Member States Create European Public Prosecutor’s Office

(Oct. 25, 2017) On October 12, 2017, the 20 European Union (EU) Member States that had agreed to establish a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) within the framework of enhanced cooperation adopted a regulation that establishes the EPPO. The EPPO will be in charge of investigating, prosecuting, and bringing to justice the perpetrators of, and […]

Thailand: New Law Impacts Former Prime Minister’s Appeal Against Conviction

(Oct. 24, 2017) After a trial lasting more than two years, a Bangkok court found the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, guilty of dereliction of duty and handed down a five-year prison term on September 27, 2017. The Court found that the Yingluck administration’s rice pledging deals were not managed properly and caused […]

Israel: Protection of Children in Criminal Investigations and Trials

(Oct. 16, 2017) On July 24, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Evidence (Protection of Children) (Amendment No. 17) Law, 5777-2017 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2656 p. 1106, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).)  The Law amends the Evidence (Protection of Children) Law, 5715-1955. […]

Italy: New Law Making Torture a Crime

(Sept. 20, 2017) On July 18, 2017, new legislation creating the crime of torture entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 110 of July 14, 2017, Introduction of the Crime of Torture in the Italian Legal System (Law No. 110), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE  (July 18, 2017) (in Italian).) To effect this change, the new legislation introduces articles […]

Germany: Expanded Telecommunications Surveillance and Online Search Powers

(Sept. 7, 2017) On August 24, 2017, a controversial amendment to the German Criminal Code of Procedure entered into force in Germany that expanded the powers of law enforcement agencies to conduct online searches and source telecommunications surveillance (called a “State Trojan”). (Gesetz zur effektiveren und praxistauglicheren Ausgestaltung des Strafverfahrens [Act to Make Criminal Proceedings More Effective […]

China: Judicial Interpretation on Infringement of Personal Information Released

(Sept. 1, 2017) In May 2017, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP, the prosecutor) released a judicial interpretation on infringement of personal information in criminal cases. Effective June 1, 2017, the interpretation defines the scope of personal information under the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and […]

Argentina: New Restrictions on Early Release and Other Former Dispensations Accorded Violent Criminals

(Aug. 9, 2017) On July 28, 2017, Law 27375 was promulgated to amend Law 24660 on the Execution of Criminal Sentences, prohibiting the early or conditional release or periodic exit from prison of criminals convicted of violent crimes, whether committed individually or with an organized group, such as aggravated homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping resulting in […]

Netherlands: Two New Laws and Decree on Right of Access to a Lawyer

(July 7, 2017) On March 1, 2017, two new laws and a decree, all related to the right of access to a lawyer before and during police questioning of a suspect, entered into force in the Netherlands. (Legislation Access Lawyer During Police Questioning in Force, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Feb. 27, 2017).) A […]

Sweden: Swedish Prosecutors Discontinue Assange Investigation

(June 2, 2017) On May 19, 2017, the Swedish Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, announced that she had discontinued the investigation into the alleged rape committed by Julian Assange against a woman in Sweden. (Press Release, Swedish Prosecution Authority, The Investigation Against Julian Assange Is Discontinued (May 19, 2017); Beslut [Decision], Case AM-131226-10, Swedish […]