Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

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

Kenya: Parliament Considering Amendment to Digital Service Tax Rules

(June 11, 2021) The Kenya Parliament is considering a bill—the Finance Bill, 2021—that, if adopted in its current form, would expand the definition of the terms “digital market place” and “digital service.” The bill defines “digital market place” as “an online platform which enables users to sell or provide services, goods or other property to […]

Uganda: Government Measures to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

(Apr. 29, 2020) Between March 13 and March 30, 2020, Uganda issued a number of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate related damage. The Ministry of Health had confirmed 79 cases as of April 27. Declaration of COVID-19 as Notifiable Disease On March 13, Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng issued an […]

Malawi: High Court Temporarily Blocks COVID-19 Lockdown

(Apr. 29, 2020) On April 17, 2020, the High Court of Malawi temporarily suspended implementation of a proposed 21-day lockdown issued in response to COVID-19, pending judicial review. (S v. President of Malawi and Others; Ex Parte: Kathumba and Others (Judicial Review Cause No. 22 of 2020) [2020] MWHC 7 (17 Apr. 2020).) Minister of […]

South Africa: Directions for Court Operations During COVID-19 Lockdown Issued

(Apr. 23, 2020) On March 31, 2020, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services issued directions to “address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in all courts, court precincts and justice service points in the Republic of South Africa.” (Directions, preamble.) The directions are valid for the duration of the national lockdown, which the […]

Malawi: Parliament Passes Law Allowing Dual Citizenship

(Dec. 27, 2018) On December 12, 2018, Malawi’s 193-member unicameral National Assembly reportedly passed the Malawi Citizenship Amendment Bill to amend the 1966 Citizenship Act (hereinafter “the Principal Act”). If enacted, the new law would permit Malawians who have acquired the citizenship of other countries to retain their Malawi citizenship. (Malawi Parliament Passes Bill Allowing […]

South Africa: National Assembly Passes Copyright Amendment Bill, Adopts Expansive Fair Use Exception

(Dec. 21, 2018) On December 5, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly, one of the houses of the country’s bicameral legislature, passed the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2017, which seeks to amend the 1978 Copyright Act. (Mercedes Besent, Copyright Amendment Bill Passed, SABC NEWS (Dec. 6, 2018); Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (hereinafter “the principal Act”), National […]

South Africa: National Minimum Wage Bill Enacted

(Nov. 30, 2018) On November 26, 2018, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the National Minimum Wage Bill (now the National Minimum Wage Act), which the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, the two houses of the country’s Parliament, passed on May 29 and August 21, 2018, respectively. (South Africa’s Ramaphosa […]

Zimbabwe: Court Declares Law Empowering Police to Ban Public Demonstrations Indefinitely Unconstitutional

(Nov. 20, 2018) On October 18, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe, the highest court in the land on all constitutional matters, found unconstitutional a provision in the 2002 Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that essentially empowers local police to indefinitely ban public demonstrations in their jurisdictions.  (Carmel Richkard, A New Chapter for Human Rights […]

Kenya: Parliament Considering Amendment to the Country’s 2001 Children Act

(Oct. 5, 2018) Kenya’s Parliament is currently reviewing a new bill—the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2018—which seeks to introduce key amendments to the 2001 Children Act. The Bill has recently gone through its first reading in the National Assembly, one of the two houses of the Kenyan Parliament. (Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2018, […]

Nigeria: Constitution Amended to Allow Independent Candidacy, Lower Age Requirement for Holding Elected Offices

(June 11, 2018) On May 31, 2018, the seventy-five-year-old Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law a bill amending the 1999 Constitution, the implementation of which will lower the minimum age requirements for competing for and holding key elected offices both at federal and state levels. The new law will also allow individuals to stand for […]