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Italy: Reform of Statute of Limitations in Criminal Cases (“Bonafede Reform”) Takes Effect

(Feb. 21, 2020) On January 1 2020, article 1 of Law No. 3 of January 9, 2019 (Legge 9 gennaio 2019, n. 3) (Law No. 3)—named the “Bonafede reform” after Italian Minister of Justice Alfonso Bonafede—entered into force. The provision amends article 159, paragraph 2 of the Criminal Code to introduce a controversial suspension of […]

Egypt: Court Grants Christian Woman Share of Father’s Estate Equal to Share of Her Two Brothers

(Jan. 9, 2020) On November 25, 2019, the Cairo Court of Appeal granted a Christian woman a share of her late father’s inheritance equal to that of her two male brothers. The plaintiff had argued that, as a Coptic Christian, she should not be subject to Islamic law in matters related to family law. She […]

Norway: Supreme Court Finds Passive Father Responsible for Aiding and Abetting Mother’s Physical Abuse of Children

(Dec. 30, 2019) On November 27, 2019, the Norwegian Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of a man for aiding and abetting the gross abuse of a dependent by neglecting to protect the children from their abusive mother, and increased the sentence from two years and six months’ imprisonment to three years’ imprisonment. (Norwegian Supreme Court, […]

Germany: Federal Court of Justice Rules on Legal Tech

(Dec. 23, 2019) On November 27, 2019, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH), Germany’s supreme court for civil and criminal cases, held that the services provided by the company Lexfox, which is registered as a legal services provider for collection services, did not violate the German Legal Services Act. The decision was highly […]

France: Council of State Rules a Law May Prohibit Something Without Providing a Criminal Sanction

(Dec. 16, 2019) The Conseil d’Etat (Council of State), France’s highest jurisdiction for matters of administrative law, ruled on October 24, 2019, that a law may prohibit a behavior without providing the particular remedy of a penal sanction. At the center of this case is a 2005 law, Loi n° 2005-158 du 23 février 2005 […]

Israel: Supreme Court Approves Deportation of Human Rights Watch Representative for BDS Support

(Dec. 5, 2019) On November 5, 2019, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal against an administrative court judgment approving the minister of interior’s decision not to renew the employment visa of the second appellant, Omar Shakir. The majority opinion was written by Justice Neal Hendel, with justices Noam Solberg and Yael Willner concurring. (AdminA 2966/19 […]

Côte d’Ivoire: ICC Prosecutor Appeals Acquittal of Former Ivorian Leaders

(Dec. 2, 2019) On October 17, 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor in the case of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé filed a motion for the ICC Appeals Chamber to declare a mistrial following the two defendants’ January 15 acquittal. Laurent Gbagbo was the president of Côte d’Ivoire from 2000 until 2011, and […]

Sweden: Sami Rights Litigated in Dispute Between Two Sami Groups

(Nov. 27, 2019) On November 8, 2019, two indigenous Sami groups met in Lycksele District Court over who had the “better right” to herd reindeer in the Vapsten reindeer herding area, which includes parts of Storuman municipality in northern Sweden. (Case no. T329-17, Aktbilaga 133 Sammanställning [Case Addendum 13 Summary], on file with author.) Legal […]

Denmark: Supreme Court Rules Status as Co-mother Cannot Be Revoked

(Nov. 26, 2019) On November 12, 2019, the Danish Supreme Court ruled that a co-mother cannot opt out of her status as the co-mother of a legally recognized child. (Sup. Ct., Nov. 12, 2019, Sag BS-48699/2018-HJR.) Since  2013, co-mothers—lesbian partners of birth mothers who have received medical assistance to become pregnant—have been afforded the same […]