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Slovak Republic: Effort to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Fails

(Feb. 12, 2015) On February 7, 2015, Slovakia held a national referendum on the subject of same-sex marriage. The initiative, designed to strengthen the country’s ban on the practice, failed due to low voter participation. Instead of the 50% needed for a valid vote, only approximately 21% of those eligible took part. The questions the […]

Israel: Law on Inspection of Food Quality and Nutrition in Educational Institutions Passed

(Nov. 13, 2014) On July 28, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Food Quality and Proper Nutrition in Educational Institutions Inspection Law, 5774-2014 (Food Quality Law). (SEFER HAHUKIM [Book of Laws, SH] 5774 No. 2470 p. 762, Knesset website (Aug. 7, 2014).) The Law requires the Minister of Education, in consultation with the Minister […]

Egypt: Law Students Protest Ban on Being Hired as Prosecutors

(Oct. 31, 2014) On October 20, 2014, a group of law students who had been denied positions in Egypt’s public prosecution service filed a petition before the country’s administrative court to repeal the decision that had been issued by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary to exclude them. (The Educational Background of Parents Threatens the […]

Israel: Law on Rights of Students with Learning Disabilities Amended

(Oct. 6, 2014) On July 28, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Law on Rights of Students with Learning Disabilities at Post-Secondary School Institutions, 5768-2008. (SEFER HAHUKIM (Book of Laws, Official Gazette) 5768 No. 2147, p. 434 [in Hebrew]; RSLD (Amendment) Law, 5774-2014 [in Hebrew] (July 28, 2014), Knesset website [scroll […]

Brazil: Schools Required to Show Films Produced in the Country

(July 3, 2014) A Law published on June 27, 2014, makes it mandatory for public and private schools to exhibit, for at least two hours a month, movies produced in the country. (Ivan Richard, Lei Obriga Escolas a Exibirem Filmes Nacionais Mensalmente, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (June 27, 2014).) Law No. 13,006 of June 26, 2014 (Lei […]

Australia: High Court Strikes Down Government Funding of School Chaplains

(June 23, 2014) On June 19, 2014, the High Court of Australia (the highest court in Australia) ruled unanimously that the federal government’s funding of the national school chaplaincy program was invalid under the Australian Constitution. (Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23 [Williams (No.2)]; Case S154/2013: Williams v. Commonwealth of Australia & Ors, […]

Brazil: National Education Plan Approved

(June 9, 2014) On June 3, 2014, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies voted on and approved a National Education Plan, which will gradually increase the amount of resources invested in education until it reaches 10% of the country’s Gross National Product. (Luciano Nascimento, Câmara Conclui Votação do PNE e Texto Segue à Sanção Presidencial, AGÊNCIA […]

United States: Florida Act on Education Data Privacy

(May 29, 2014) On May 12, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved “An Act Relating to Education Data Privacy,” which prohibits public schools from collecting, obtaining, or retaining information on the political affiliation, voting history, religious affiliation, or biometric information of a student or a parent or sibling of a student. (Ch. 2014-41, LAWS OF […]

Israel: New Law on National Civilian Service Obligations for Yeshiva Students

(Apr. 2, 2014) On March 12, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed new legislation regulating national civilian service obligations for yeshiva (Jewish ultra-orthodox religious school) students and establishing the Agency for National Civilian Service (hereinafter the Agency) to implement the legal requirements associated with the service operations. (National Civilian Service Law, 5774-2014 [in Hebrew] [hereinafter […]

Indonesia; Netherlands: Defense Cooperation Agreement Signed

(Feb. 7, 2014) On February 4, 2014, Indonesia and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in defense matters. The agreement was signed in Den Haag, the Netherlands, by Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert. (RI-Netherlands Cooperation in Defense Affairs, THE JAKARTA POST (Feb. 6, 2014).) […]