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Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Grants County Chiefs Authority to Arrest and Detain

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 12, 2015, the Minister of Justice issued a statement announcing that he has granted the county chiefs across Egypt the legal right to arrest and detain individuals suspected of damaging public or private property or violating construction codes. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, The Minister Grants Right of Judicial Arrest […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Territorial Entities and their Financial Stability

(July 22, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Decree-Law No. 78, on sub-national territorial entities, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 78 of June 19, 2015, Urgent Provisions on Territorial Entities [D.L. No. 78], GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 140 (June 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Fresh Funds for Disaster Relief The new legislation approves the goals […]

Indonesia: District Adopts Sharia-Based Rules, Bans Unmarried Couples on Motorbikes

(May 5, 2015) According to a May 4, 2015, report, North Aceh, a district in Aceh Province of Indonesia, has adopted a law prohibiting unmarried men and women from riding motorbikes together. Local legislator Fauzan Hamzah said the new ban is part of “efforts to implement sharia [Islamic religious] law fully” and that for an […]

Indonesia: West Papua to Be a Conservation Province

(Apr. 15, 2015) The local government in West Papua, an Indonesian province located on the western end of the island of New Guinea, is planning a bylaw that would make the area a conservation province. The Governor, Abraham Atururi, stated that West Papua should have that status in order to better protect its natural resources. […]

Pakistan: Constitutional Amendment to Extend Jurisdiction of Superior Courts to Tribal Areas

(Mar. 3, 2015) On February 20, 2015, Pakistan’s Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved a constitutional amendment that would extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and a High Court to Pakistan’s specially administered tribal regions. (Constitutional Amendment: Senate Body Clears Bill on Tribal People’s Rights, EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Feb. 20, 2015).) The amendment, […]

Australia: Prime Minister Announces New Push for National Approach to Domestic Violence

(Feb. 9, 2015) On January 28, 2015, the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, announced the establishment of a new panel to advise the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on domestic violence laws. (Press Release, Hon. Tony Abbott MP, COAG Agenda to Address Ending Violence Against Women (Jan. 28, 2015).) Abbott called for COAG to […]

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, […]