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Morocco: Human Rights Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

(Dec. 4, 2014) On November 27, 2014, the appellate court in the city of Agadir, Morocco, sentenced the Western Saharan rights activist Abdelkhalik el-Markhi to four years in prison. The sentence came on the opening day of the World Forum for Human Rights in Morocco. (Four Years of Imprisonment for the Sahraoui Rights Activist “Abdelkhalik […]

Saudi Arabia: Women Not Allowed to Perform Notary Duties

(Nov. 14, 2014) Notaries public in Saudi Arabia are public employees under the Ministry of Justice, in accordance with article 73 and subsequent articles of the Judiciary Law issued by Royal Decree No. M/78 of 2007 (1428 Hijri). (Text of the Law [in Arabic] (Sept. 2, 2007), Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers […]

Ukraine: New Law on State Attorneys

(Nov. 4, 2014) On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The procuracy system is the main law enforcement institution in the post-Soviet countries; the office was inherited from […]

Israel: Anti-Money Laundering Law Amended

(Oct. 7, 2014) On July 30, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition on Money Laundering (Amendment No. 13) Law, 5774-2014 (Amendment Law [in Hebrew], Knesset website [scroll down to appropriate link on the right]), amending the 2000 law on the subject. (Prohibition on Money Laundering Law, 5760-2000, SEFER HAHUKIM 5760 No. 1753 p. […]

Japan: Other Professionals Expand Practice Areas, Lawyers Displeased

(Sept. 17, 2014) Although the total number of lawyers (bengoshi) who can represent clients in the courts is small in Japan based on its population, there are many other types of legal professionals. Some of the types of legal professionals seem to be unique to Japan. (Colin P.A. Jones, A Guide to Navigating Japan’s Exotic […]

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Lawyer Convicted Under Anti-Terror Law

(July 10, 2014) On July 6, 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, convicted and sentenced Walid abu al-Kheir, a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, to 15 years in prison, a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals (about US$53,300), and a ban on travel abroad for another 15 years. The crimes he was […]

Egypt: Defense Lawyers Try to Appeal Death Sentences for Muslim Brotherhood Defendants

(Apr. 2, 2014) On March 24, 2014, the defense lawyers for 528 members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who were convicted of various offenses and given the death penalty announced, in a press conference, that due process for the defendants had been violated. The offenses included murdering a police officer, storming and damaging public property, stealing […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Financial-Economic Crime

(July 17, 2013) It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed law would tighten current provisions on such offenses found in the Penal Code and other laws. […]

Japan: New Law to Expand Legal Aid for Earthquake Victims

(May 7, 2012) After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, many people in the Tohoku region of Japan have faced various legal problems, such as the right to succession from quake victims, to obtain special relief from housing loans for destroyed houses, and to seek damages stemming from the nuclear disaster. A new law has […]

Netherlands: Proposed Tightening of Supervision over Legal Profession

(Mar. 26, 2012) The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible for lawyers' conduct. The Board will have three members, none of whom may be lawyers. The body will issue an annual report on its activities. (Press […]