Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

European Union: Measures Adopted Following Brexit

(Aug. 8, 2016) Within days following the United Kingdom’s referendum vote of June 23, 2016, to withdraw from the European Union, the EU’s three main decision-making institutions — the Parliament, the Commission, and the Council — took actions in response, such as calling on the United Kingdom to start negotiations to leave the EU by triggering the withdrawal mechanism stipulated in […]

Denmark/European Court of Human Rights: Violation of Human Rights by Differentiation Among Danes for Family Reunification Purposes

(Aug. 5, 2016) On May 24, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber, sitting en banc, issued a ruling on the Biao v. Denmark case, finding that Denmark had violated article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights by having different rules for family reunification of Danes depending on how long […]

Cote d’Ivoire: UN Report Criticizes Handling of Rape Cases

(July 15, 2016) The United Nations Operation in the Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), together with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), issued a report on July 11, 2016, urging the Cote d’Ivoire to do more to prevent rape and punish perpetrators. (Jaclyn Belczyk, UN Report: Ivory Coast Should Do More to Prevent and Punish Rape, PAPER […]

ILO/UNHCR: Agreement Signed to Benefit Refugees

(July 8, 2016) On July 1, 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote work opportunities for refugees and others who are involuntarily displaced; the new Memorandum builds on an existing one from 1983. (Press Release, ILO, UNHCR and ILO […]

Singapore: Participation in G20 Tax Avoidance Prevention Plan

(June 22, 2016) On June 16, 2016, Singapore announced that it will participate in a tax avoidance prevention plan approved by Group of Twenty (G20) nations that was originally developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Marius Zaharia, Singapore to Join G20 Plan Against Tax Avoidance, JAKARTA GLOBE (June 16, 2016).) A […]

Burundi/East African Court of Justice: Case Brought on President’s Legitimacy

(June 16, 2016) On June 13, 2016, it was announced that the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), which is located in Arusha, Tanzania, will hear a case on the legitimacy of the President of Burundi’s third run for office. (Burundi: East African Court of Justice to Hear Case Against Burundi President’s Legitimacy, BBC WORLD […]

United Nations: Ban Ki-moon Decries Increase in Child Soldiers

(June 10, 2016) The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, expressing shock at the marked increase in violations of children’s rights, has called for changes in law and policy to better protect young people. His concern was focused on the use of child soldiers in a number of countries, particularly Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and […]

International Labor Organization/Kuwait: Removal from List of Countries Violating Workers’ Rights

(June 6, 2016) On June 2, 2016, during the 105th Session of the International Labor Conference, held in Geneva, the International Labor Organization (ILO) declared that Kuwait has been removed from the ILO’s list of countries that violate labor rights. Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh responded to the ILO announcement by stating […]

Sri Lanka: Criticism of Ongoing Use of Torture

(May 13, 2016) In a statement following a nine-day trip to Sri Lanka, Juan E. Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, claimed that criminal and terrorism investigators in Sri Lanka still use torture against detainees, even though the use has declined since the end of the country’s civil war seven years ago. While […]

United Nations/United States: Rights Experts Criticize Conditions in Flint

(May 12, 2016) On May 3, 2016, three human rights experts from the United Nations called the contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan a human rights issue and called for swift action to correct the situation. They mentioned the potential long-term adverse effects on the children of the city and stated, “[t]he Flint […]