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Uganda: Proposal to Amend Constitution, Eliminate Age Requirement for Presidential Candidates

(Oct. 30, 2017) The 445-member unicameral Parliament of Uganda is considering a bill aimed at amending the country’s Constitution in order to eliminate the age requirement applicable to candidates seeking to be elected to the country’s presidency.  (Uganda Introduces Bill to Remove Presidential Age Limit, AL JAZEERA (Sept. 29, 2017).)  The current Constitution of Uganda, […]

Zimbabwe: Constitutional Amendment Bill Gives President Unilateral Power to Appoint Top Judges

(Aug. 22, 2017) On July 25, 2017, the 270-member National Assembly, the lower house of Zimbabwe’s bicameral Parliament, passed a bill that among other measures seeks to amend the Constitution to accord the President unfettered power to unilaterally fill the highest judicial positions in the country: those of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice, and Judge President of the High Court.  (Amendment Bill […]

Italy: Reform of Public Administration

(June 30, 2017) On June 22, 2017, new legislation approving amendments to Italy’s public administration legislation entered into effect.  (Legislative Decree No. 75 of May 25, 2017, Amendment of and Integration with Legislative Decree No. 165 of March 30, 2001, and in Accordance with Articles 16, Paragraphs 1(a), 2(b), (c), (d), and (e), and 17, […]

Sweden: Parliament Adopts Code of Conduct for Members

(Jan. 26, 2017) On December 16, 2016, the Swedish parliamentary Speakers Secretariat (consisting of the Speaker of Parliament and three deputy speakers) and Member group leaders announced new rules of conduct for Members of Parliament, which took effect on January 1, 2017. (Ny uppförandekod för riksdagsledamöter [New Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament], RIKSDAGEN (Dec. […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Act to Be Implemented

(Jan. 6, 2017) Sri Lanka’s Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka, recently announced that arrangements have been made to implement the country’s 2016 Right to Information Act.  The Act will come into force on February 4, 2017, and a central Information Officer will be appointed to provide information services to every state […]

Israel: Financial Disclosure Requirements Imposed on Senior Public Officials

(Dec. 6, 2016) On November 7, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Public Service (Assets Declaration) Law, 5777-2016 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No.2584, p. 4, Knesset website (last visited Nov. 30, 2016) (in Hebrew)).  The Law imposes a duty on any person defined as a holder of a […]

Indonesia: Rule of Law Reform Proposed

(Dec. 6, 2016) On October 11, 2016, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced an overhaul of the legal system, with the aim of ending corruption and improving rule of law.  He called for far-reaching legal reform to improve service to the public and reduce distrust.  He also said that a strong legal system is “crucial for […]

South Korea: Scandal Raises Questions About the Future of the President

(Nov. 23, 2016) On November 20, 2016, South Korean prosecutors indicted Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of President Park Geun-hye, on charges of abuse of power, coercion, attempted coercion, and attempted fraud. The prosecutors also announced that Park is subject to investigation in the case as a co-conspirator. (Myo-ja Ser, Prosecutors Announce President Park Is […]

New Zealand: Security and Intelligence Bill Introduced

(Aug. 16, 2016) On August 15, 2016, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, introduced the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016 in the Parliament.  (New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT; New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, New Zealand Legislation website (both last visited Aug. 15, 2016).)  The Bill implements […]

Afghanistan: Government Inaugurates Judicial Anti-Corruption Center

(Aug. 3, 2016) On June 30, 2016, after two years of discussions held among the leaders of the national unity government, Afghanistan inaugurated a center to fight corruption in the country. (Eftetahe Markaze Qazae-e Mubareza Ba Fasade Edari Dar Afghanistan [Inauguration of Judicial Center for Combatting Corruption in Afghanistan], BBC PERSIAN (June 30, 2016).) At […]