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Russian Federation: Constitutional Court Allows Country to Ignore ECHR Rulings

(May 18, 2016) On April 19, 2016, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (RF) ruled for the first time that a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cannot be implemented in Russia because measures aimed at its implementation would contradict the Russian Constitution. (Press Release, RF Constitutional Court, Constitutional Court Announced […]

Canada: No Right to Vote in Federal Elections for Long-Term Expats

(July 28, 2015) On July 20, 2015, in Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) (2015 ONCA 536, CANLII), the highest court of Ontario upheld the validity of a section of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits long-term Canadian expatriates from voting in federal elections. In a split decision, the justices of the Court of Appeal for […]

Egypt: New Law Allows Individuals to Vote at Any Polling Place

(Jan. 15, 2014) On January 6, 2014, the Egyptian President issued Law 8-2014, governing the constitutional referendum process for 2014. According to the newly enacted legislation, Egyptians will not be restricted by residential address when they cast their votes in the constitutional referendum. Egyptians who live in Cairo, for example, can vote at any polling […]