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Russia: Government Expanding Vaccination for Measles Amid Outbreak in Neighboring Countries

(May 9, 2019) On March 6, 2019, the chief state sanitary physician of the Russian Federation issued a resolution requiring that vaccination for measles be expanded in the territory of the Russian Federation to cover those who, for a number of reasons, have previously gone unvaccinated. (Postanovleniye Glavnogo Sanitarnogo Vracha R.F. ot 6-ogo Marta, 2019 […]

Germany: Criminal Law Amendment Allows Doctors to Inform Public of Abortion Services

(Apr. 22, 2019) On March 29, 2019, an amendment to the German Criminal Code entered into force, clarifying in a new paragraph 4 that doctors, hospitals, and other institutions may, without fear of criminal prosecution, provide objective information that they perform abortions in cases allowed under the Criminal Code. In addition, they may refer to information […]

UAE: Court Orders Doctors to Pay Blood Money to Patient’s Family

(Apr. 16, 2019) On March 29, 2019, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld the rulings of a criminal court of first instance and an appellate court to grant the family of a deceased patient the right to receive blood money. The Federal Supreme Court issued a decision ordering two Asian […]

Brazil: Superior Tribunal of Justice Decides Man Must Indemnify Woman Partner for Infecting Her with HIV

(Apr. 9, 2019) On March 19, 2019, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiça, STJ) decided that a person who transmits the HIV virus in the context of a stable long-term relationship may be held civilly liable when the agent’s behavior, whether by action or omission, presupposes intention (dolo ou culpa), damage, […]

Czech Republic: Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health Insurance Companies Reimburse Patients for Medical Cannabis Costs

(Mar. 11, 2019) The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has proposed that 90% of patients’ monthly costs for up to 30 grams of medical cannabis be reimbursed by public health insurance companies. (Press Release, Ing. Gabriela Štěpanyová, Spokeswoman for Director of Public Relations Department, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Health Proposes Public Health […]

China: No Immediate Plan to Delete Family Planning from Laws

(Feb. 25, 2019) In a response to a suggestion raised by the National People’s Congress (NPC) delegates, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) states there is no plan to delete references to “family planning” from Chinese laws. The Response, dated September 25, 2018, was published on the NHC website on January 8, 2019. (NHC, Response to […]

Italy: Measures for Simplification of Companies and Public Administration Take Effect

(Feb. 5, 2019) On December 12, 2018, new measures to simplify public administration and promote the economy entered into force in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 135 of December 14, 2018, Urgent Provisions on Supporting and Simplifying Companies and Public Administration) (D.L. No. 135), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.), Dec. 14, 2018, G.U. website (in Italian).) Support for Small […]

Sweden: Changes to Law on National Minorities and Minority Languages Take Effect

(Jan. 28, 2019) On January 1, 2019, provisions expanding rights and protection for Swedish national minorities and minority languages took effect. The new provisions provide that minorities have a right to both elder care and preschool in their native (minority) language. (17, 18 & 18 a §§ Lag om nationell minoriteter [Act on National Minorities] […]

Germany: Courts’ Obligation to Accommodate Disability at Oral Argument Must Be Balanced Against Other Principles

(Jan. 16, 2019) In an order published on January 3, 2019, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) declined to hear a case in which the complainant requested that oral arguments be conducted in a way to accommodate his Asperger’s syndrome. The Court held that the decision of the regional social court (Landessozialgericht) denying his […]