Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

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

Italy: Reform of Public Administration

(June 30, 2017) On June 22, 2017, new legislation approving amendments to Italy’s public administration legislation entered into effect.  (Legislative Decree No. 75 of May 25, 2017, Amendment of and Integration with Legislative Decree No. 165 of March 30, 2001, and in Accordance with Articles 16, Paragraphs 1(a), 2(b), (c), (d), and (e), and 17, […]

Germany: Parliament Debates Burqa and Niqab Ban for Civil Servants and Soldiers

(Mar. 22, 2017) On March 9, 2017, the German Bundestag (parliament) debated a draft act that would prohibit federal civil servants performing official duties and soldiers in general from wearing full body and face veils (burqas) and face veils (niqab).  Exceptions would be allowed for medical reasons (protection against infections) or for official purposes.  The […]

Switzerland: Upper House of Parliament Rejects Burqa and Niqab Ban

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 9, 2017, the Swiss Council of States (upper house of Parliament) rejected by a vote of 26 to 9, with 4 abstentions, a parliamentary initiative to ban the full body and face veil (burqa) and the face veil (niqab) and amend the Swiss Constitution accordingly.  The Council of States is […]

Italy: Legislation on Ministry of Foreign Affairs Implemented

(Feb. 21, 2017) On January 16, 2017, legislation reorganizing certain executive-level positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs entered into effect in Italy. (Decree of the President of the Republic, No. 260 of December 29, 2016, Regulations for the Implementation of Article 20 of Law No. 125 of August 11, 2014, and Other Amendments to […]

China: 2016 Revised Provincial Family Planning Regulations

(Feb. 6, 2017) In December 2015, China’s Population and Family Planning Law was revised allow married couples to have two children, effective January 1, 2016.  (Laney Zhang, China: Two Child Policy Becomes Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Jan. 8, 2016).) Provincial-level people’s congresses were expected to revise their own regulations to implement the “two-child law,” which would […]

United Kingdom: Identification Trial at Polls to Prevent Electoral Fraud

(Jan. 5, 2017) The Government of the United Kingdom recently announced its intention to hold trials in certain polling stations to combat electoral fraud by requiring voters to show photographic identification, such as a driving license or passport, in order to receive a ballot paper to vote.  This is one of a number of measures introduced as a result […]

Italy: Constitutional Referendum Scheduled

(Nov. 18, 2016) On December 4, 2016, Italy is scheduled to hold a major constitutional referendum.  (Referendum, si vota il 4 dicembre. Renzi: «La partita è ora» [Referendum, the Vote Takes Place on December 4. Renzi: ‘The Match Is Now’], CORRIERE DELLA SERA (Sept. 26, 2016).)  The proposed amendments would drastically change the nature of […]

Italy: Legislation on Local Government in Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region

(Aug. 25, 2016) On August 23, 2016, new legislation permitting Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region (F-VGR) to create new local government entities called “metropolitan cities” entered into effect. (Constitutional Law No. 1 of July 28, 2016, Amending the Special Statute of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Regulated by Constitutional Law No. 1 of January 31, 1963, Concerning Local Entities, […]

Netherlands: Municipalities May Deploy Flexible Cameras for Surveillance

(Apr. 11, 2016) On March 22, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that gives municipalities in the Netherlands more options in using cameras for surveillance purposes (i.e., CCTV). Instead of relying only on cameras in previously agreed upon, fixed locations, the authorities will be able to deploy cameras flexibly to handle […]

Sierra Leone: Changes to the 1991 Constitution Proposed

(Feb. 29, 2016) On February 16, 2016, Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee (an 80-member body established in 2013 to review the 1991 Constitution and a 2008 report proposing changes to it) published an abridged draft report of its findings.  (Ibrahim Tarawallie, New Chapters Proposed in New Constitution, CONCORD TIMES (Feb. 17, 2016).)   The draft report, which took two years […]