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Malaysia: Bill Reducing Voting Age to 18 Passed

(July 18, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia, passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019, which reduces the voting age in national and state elections from the current 21 years to 18 years. The Bill received 211 votes—the number of members present for the vote—surpassing the two-thirds […]

Italy: New Urban Regulations for the City of Rome

(July 17, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the City of Rome enacted new urban police regulations concerning hygiene, decorum, safety, and law enforcement, and established new and increased penalties for violations. (New Urban Police Regulations of the City of Rome (the Regulations), Municipality of Rome website (under “Selezione La Tipologia” choose “Deliberazione Dell’Assemblea Capitolina” and […]

China: New Waste-Sorting Rules to Take Effect in Shanghai

(June 27, 2019) On July 1, 2019, the Shanghai Household Waste Management Regulation will take effect. Passed by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress on January 31, 2019, the Regulation establishes rules for sorting household waste and restricts disposable items provided by restaurants and hotels in Shanghai. (Shanghai Household Waste Management Regulation (Jan. 31, 2019, effective […]

Italy: Law to Establish Compliance with European Union Obligations Enacted

(June 17, 2019) On May 25, 2019, new legislation establishing measures for Italy to comply with obligations arising from its European Union (EU) membership was enacted in Italy. (Law No. 37 of May 3, 2019, Provisions for Compliance with the Obligations Deriving from Italy’s Membership in the European Union – European Law 2018) (Law No. […]

Denmark: Copenhagen Limits Number of Electric Scooters on Its Streets

(June 13, 2019) On June 3, 2019, the Technical and Environmental Committee for the Municipality of Copenhagen decided to cap the number of electric scooters and electric bicycles available on the streets of certain areas of Copenhagen. The decision provides that only 200 e-scooters and 200 rental e-bikes may be placed in the most crowded […]

Egypt: National Referendum on Constitutional Amendments Takes Place

(June 5, 2019) On April 22, 2019, Egyptians completed casting their votes on constitutional amendments to the 2014 Egyptian Constitution. The polling was carried out over a three-day period throughout the country. (Egypt Polls Close After 3-Day Vote to Extend El-Sissi’s Rule, ASSOCIATED PRESS (Apr. 22, 2019).) The amendments passed with over 88% of voters […]

Mexico: Government and OHCHR Sign Agreement on Human Rights Training for National Guard

(May 31, 2019) On April 9, 2019, the Mexican government announced that it had reached an agreement with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) whereby Mexico’s National Guard will receive human rights training from the OHCHR. (The Foreign Ministry and OHCHR Sign Cooperation Agreement on National Guard, GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO, SECRETARÍA […]

Israel: Legislation for Dissolution of Parliament and Holding a New Election Adopted

(May 30, 2019) On May 29, 2019, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Twenty-First Knesset Dispersion Law, 5779-2019 (Knesset website (in Hebrew) (click link on bottom left for unofficial text of the law)). The Law provides that the 21st Knesset, which was elected on April 9, 2019, and sworn in on April 30, be dissolved before […]

Israel: Petition Against President’s Assignment of Netanyahu to Form Government Rejected

(May 29, 2019) On April 23, 2019, the Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice rejected a petition to declare the assignment of forming a government to Binyamin Netanyahu “unconstitutional and harming the essence of the rule of law in the State of Israel.” The Court similarly rejected the petitioners’ request to order […]

Brazil: City of São Paulo Enacts Decree Regulating Use of Electric Scooters

(May 23, 2019) After a series of accidents involving electric scooters (patinete elétrica), the mayor of the city of São Paulo on May 13, 2019, enacted Decree No. 58,750. This Decree provides for the provisional regulation of sharing services and use of both electric and nonelectric self-propelled personal mobility equipment, scooters, cycles, and similar equipment […]