Major Reform of Penal Code (Sep. 02, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
An important reform of the French Penal Code was signed into law on August 15, 2014. (Loi No. 2014-896 du 15 aoanducirc;t 2014 relative andagrave; ...
Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Criminal procedure; Sentencing
Government Must Apply Law Requiring Anonymous Job Applications (Jul. 30, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
The Conseil d'Etat, France's highest jurisdiction for administrative matters, recently ordered the government to implement a 2006 anti-discrimination law requiring employers of more than 50 employees ...
Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Discrimination; Employee hiring
Recent Court Decisions on Islamic Veil Bans (Jul. 11, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
The European Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that the French ban on veiling one's face in public does not breach the European Convention on ...
Topic: Discrimination; Freedom of information; Human rights
Jurisdiction: European Court of Human Rights; France
Class Action Lawsuits Introduced (Jun. 26, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
On March 28, 2014, the Federal Parliament of Belgium enacted a law adding a new section on "collective compensation action" to the Code of Economic Law. ...
Topic: Civil procedure; Consumer protection; Corporations
GMO Prohibition Confirmed (Jun. 19, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
The Conseil d'Etat, France's highest court for administrative matters, has rejected a request from corn producers to strike down a government regulation prohibiting the sale, use, ...
Topic: Agriculture and food; Genetically modified foods
Social Housing Provider Found Guilty of Racial Profiling (Jun. 02, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
The criminal court of Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, recently found a major provider of social housing guilty of ethnic profiling. (Un bailleur HLM condamn; ...
Topic: Discrimination; Judiciary; Minority rights; Social welfare
Denial of Adoption for Same-Sex Parents of Child Conceived Through Medically Assisted Reproduction (May. 23, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
A court in Versailles has denied a same-sex couple the adoption of a child conceived through medically assisted reproduction (M.A.R.). [Gaandeuml;lle Dupont, Premier refus d'adoption andagrave; ...
Topic: Adoption and foster care; Health; Same-sex marriage
Animals Granted New Legal Status (Apr. 25, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
The French National Assembly recently adopted a legislative amendment changing the status of animals in the Civil Code. Since the inception of the Civil Code in ...
Topic: Animals; Civil code
Removal of Age Restriction for Euthanasia (Mar. 11, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
On March 2, 2014, Belgium's King Philippe signed into law an amendment to that country's euthanasia law that would open the medically assisted suicide option to ...
Topic: Child health; Euthanasia; Health
New Law Places Limits on Holding Multiple Political Offices (Feb. 18, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de ...
Topic: Elections and politics; Legislators; Officials and employees
2010 Law Banning Full Islamic Veil Challenged in Court (Jan. 06, 2014) by Nicolas Boring
In October 2010, France enacted a law banning the concealment of one's face in public (Loi nanddeg; 2010-1192 du 11 octobre 2010 interdisant la dissimulation ...
Topic: Discrimination; Freedom of religion
New Mining Code Under Consideration (Dec. 23, 2013) by Nicolas Boring
On September 5, 2012, the French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, created a working group to elaborate an in-depth reform of the French Mining Code. This working ...
Topic: Environmental Protection; Mining
Antwerp Attorney-General Calls for Comprehensive DNA Database (Dec. 05, 2013) by Nicolas Boring
Yves Li;geois, the Attorney-General (Procureur-g;n;ral) of Antwerp, has recently suggested that DNA samples be taken from all babies born in Belgium, as well as from all ...
Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Criminal procedure; Evidence; Right of privacy
Official Report Calls for Reform of Rehabilitation Centers for Juvenile Delinquents (Nov. 18, 2013) by Nicolas Boring
On November 13, 2013, the French Comptroller-General of prisons issued a report that is highly critical of two "Centres Educatifs Ferm;s" (CEF, Closed Education Centers). (
Topic: Juvenile crime and gang violence
Topic: Juvenile crime and gang violence