Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

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

Ireland: Judgment Clarifies Definition of Consent in Rape Cases

(Nov. 21, 2016) As a result of a recent judgment from the Irish Supreme Court, the Irish government will introduce legislation to establish a definition of consent for rape. In the case decided November 11, 2016, the Court held that a woman has a constitutional right to the integrity of her body and that the […]

Indonesia: Child Protection Law Revised

(Oct. 25, 2016) On October 12, 2016, Indonesia’s parliament enacted a regulation to revise the 2002 Law on Child Protection. (Chandni Vatvani, Indonesia Passes Law Approving Harsher Punishments for Child Rapists, CHANNEL NEWS ASIA (Oct. 13, 2016).) Under strengthened provisions on child sexual offenses, defendants accused of sexual attacks on children could face the death […]

Germany: Heavier Sanctions Against Sexual Offenders Adopted

(Oct. 3, 2016) On September 23, 2016, the German Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislative process, passed an amendment to the German Criminal Code that expands criminal liability relating to sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment in order to close the existing liability gaps. (Gesetz zur Änderung des […]

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 […]

Malaysia: Proposal to Reform Laws on Sexual Offenses

(June 16, 2016) Malaysia’s Home Ministry is contemplating revising the country’s laws applicable to sex offenders. Both reform of existing legislation and the adoption of a new statute are being considered. While under current law survivors of sexual attacks must be present in court to face the accused perpetrators, the Deputy Home Minister, Nur Jazlan […]

Israel: Penalty for Priests Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Persons Being Counseled

(June 14, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Penal Law, 5737-1977, to penalize religious priests who commit sexual offenses against vulnerable persons. (Penal Law (Amendment No. 122) 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), §§ 1 & 2, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5776 No. 2546, p. […]

Indonesia: Regulation on Sexual Violence Against Children Issued

(May 27, 2016) On May 25, 2016, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo issued a regulation in lieu of law (called a perppu in Indonesian) on sexual violence against children; the plan to issue the regulation had been announced about two weeks earlier. (Ayomi Amindoni, Govt Issues Perppu on Sexual Violence Against Children, JAKARTA POST (May 25, […]

Indonesia: Harsher Punishment for Sex Crimes Considered

(May 16, 2016) On May 11, 2016, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, announced that a new regulation on sexual violence against children will be issued in the near future. According to Maharani, “[i]t is the commitment of the President, who believes that sexual violence is an extraordinary crime and the […]

Jordan: Ministerial Committee Decides to Repeal Controversial Rape Provision

(May 6, 2016) On April 17, 2016, a Ministerial Committee established by the Jordanian Cabinet issued a decision to repeal article 308 of the Penal Code. Article 308 had provided for the pardoning of an individual convicted of the felony of rape if the perpetrator married the victim.  (The Abolishment of Article 308 of the […]

France: New Law to Punish Prostitution Clients

(Apr. 28, 2016) On April 13, 2016, the French government promulgated a law that aims to end prostitution and fight human trafficking that is related to prostitution. (Loi n° 2016-444 du 13 avril 2016 visant à renforcer la lutte contre le système prostitutionnel et à accompagner les personnes prostituées (1) [Law No. 2016-444 of April […]