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Finland: Gender Neutral Marriage Act Enters Into Force

(Mar. 2, 2017) On March 1, 2017, the Finnish Marriage Act became gender neutral as amendments to the Act entered into force.  (Äktenskapslag [Marriage Act] (Finsk författningssamling [FFS] 13.6.1929/234), FINLEX.)  The amending Act was adopted on February 20, 2015.  (Lag om ändring av äktenskapslagen [Act on Amendment of the Marriage Act] (FFS 20.2.2015/156249), FINLEX.) Registered […]

Israel: Parents Cannot Use Late Son’s Frozen Sperm Against Widow’s Will

(Jan. 5, 2017) On December 22, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court accepted an appeal against a decision of the Center-Lod District Court that had declared that half of 19 tubes of frozen sperm extracted from a man shortly after his death upon the request of his widow belonged to his parents. The appeal was lodged by the […]

Sweden: New Law Regulating Names Adopted

(Dec. 15, 2016) On November 9, 2016, the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) approved a new law that regulates how names are acquired in Sweden. (En ny lag om personnamn [A New Law on Personal Names], SVERIGES RIKSDAG (last visited Nov. 25, 2016); Lag om Personnamn (SFS 2016:1013) [Act on Personal Names] (New Name Law), Nov. 17, […]

France: Justice Reforms Adopted

(Dec. 6, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the French Parliament adopted a law reforming various aspects of the French justice system. The President promulgated the law on November 18.  (Loi n° 2016-1547 du 18 novembre 2016 de modernisation de la justice du XXIe siècle (1) [Law No. 2016-1547 of 18 November 2016 to Modernize XXIst […]

Pakistan: National Assembly Passes Hindu Marriage Bill

(Nov. 15, 2016) On September 26, 2016, the Hindu Marriage Bill was unanimously passed in Pakistan’s National Assembly, after three previous failed attempts to pass the bill in 2008, 2011, and 2012. (Kalbe Ali, NA Finally Passes Hindu Marriage Bill, DAWN (Sept. 27, 2016); Hamza Ameer, Why Is Pakistan Afraid of Passing the Hindu Marriage […]

Sweden: First Sentence for “Forced Marriage” Upheld by Appellate Court

(Nov. 9, 2016) On October 7, 2016, the Scania and Blekinge Court of Appeal upheld a verdict against a father for forcing his daughter to marry against her will while they were on vacation in Afghanistan. (Press Release, Hovrätten har i dag meddelat dom i målet om tvångsäktenskap [The Appellate Court Has Today Issued a […]

Taiwan: Requirements for Employers to Obtain Subsidies for Childcare Facilities Eased

(Nov. 4, 2016) It was reported on September 5, 2015, that Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor had relaxed the requirements for employers’ applications for childcare subsidies by amending the Regulations on Breast Feeding/Milk Collection Room and Childcare Facility Measures and Standards and on [Applicable] Subsidies. The purpose of the change is “[t]o help expand and promote […]

Tajikistan: Fines for Language Mistakes

(Sept. 26, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the State Committee on Language and Terminology under Tajikistan’s Cabinet of Ministers announced that it will issue fines for violating Tajik language norms and using words in the Farsi language that are not clearly understood by the audience of print and broadcast media. The fine will be in […]

Aruba: Same-Sex Partnerships Recognized by Law

(Sept. 23, 2016) On September 8, 2016, the Parliament of Aruba, one of the constituent countries that comprise the Kingdom of the Netherlands, voted to amend the Aruban Civil Code provisions on marriage so as to officially recognize same-sex registered partnerships. The amendment will give same-sex couples the same benefits granted to married partners under […]