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Sri Lanka: Constitutional Amendment to Be Implemented

(Jan. 23, 2015) Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, stated on January 21, 2015, that the country will implement the 13th amendment of its Constitution. The amendment has been long pending, and the Tamil National Alliance, a political party of the Tamil people, a minority located largely in the Northern Province, has demanded that it […]

Norway: Begging to Become Illegal Again

(July 16, 2014) As of July 1, 2014, Norwegian municipalities have the right to make begging illegal. Members of the governing parties of the Stortinget (the country’s legislature) made a compromise with the Center Party (Senterpartiet) to acknowledge the right of self-governance of municipalities; specifically, their right to regulate begging locally. As part of the […]

Indonesia: Bylaw on Cultural Heritage of Bali Proposed

(June 13, 2014) On June 9, 2014, Bali’s Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, submitted a proposed bylaw on preservation of cultural heritage to the province’s legislative council. Balinese culture is based on the predominant Hinduism of the island, and Pastika argued that this “cultural heritage must be preserved and developed for the interest of our future […]

Italy: Law Reordering the Territorial Organization of the Country

(May 14, 2014) Italy’s Law 56 of April 7, 2014 (hereinafter Law 56) contains provisions on metropolitan cities, provinces, and the union and merger of municipalities. (Legge 7 aprile 2014, n. 56, NORMATTIVA). The purpose of Law 56 is to adapt the organization of territorial divisions of the country to the principles of subsidiarity, differentiation, […]

China: Interim Carbon Emission Measures Enacted in Guangdong and Shanghai

(Mar. 27, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the provincial government of China’s Guangdong Province promulgated the Guangdong Province Interim Measures on Carbon Emissions Management (Guangdong Emissions Measures), which took effect on March 1, 2014. (Guangdong Emissions Measures [in Chinese] (Jan. 1, 2014), Guangdong PeopIe’s Government website.) Earlier, on November 18, 2013, the municipal government of […]