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Mexico: Executive Branch to Propose Criminal Justice System Reforms to Senate

(Jan. 27, 2020) On January 15, 2020, the Mexican Senate announced that it will receive a proposal from the executive branch aimed at comprehensively reforming aspects of Mexico’s criminal justice system in an effort to improve its performance. The proposal will be formally filed and text of the proposed bills released on February 1, 2020, […]

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, […]

Italy: Requirement to Complete Two-Thirds of Sentence to Obtain Early Release for Certain Kidnapping Crimes Ruled Unconstitutional

(Dec. 16, 2019) On November 8, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional a provision of Law No. 354 of July 26, 1975 (article 58-quater, paragraph 4) requiring that persons convicted of kidnapping for the purposes of robbery, extortion, terrorism, or subversion, during the perpetration of which the victim died, be ineligible for early release […]

India: Government Begins Discussions on Overhauling Colonial-Era Penal Code

(Dec. 9, 2019) On October 20, 2019, the Indian central government began discussions on overhauling the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which was adopted during the British colonial era. According to a senior government official, the Code requires major revisions because the “idea behind the overhaul is that the master-servant concept envisaged in [the] IPC should […]

Brazil: New Law Criminalizing Abuse of Authority Enacted

(Oct. 15, 2019) On September 5, 2019, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, promulgated Law No. 13,869 (Lei No. 13.869, de 5 de Setembro de 2019), which provides for crimes of abuse of authority and amends and revokes other laws. President Bolsonaro had initially issued 19 vetoes that encompassed 36 provisions of the Law, and the National Congress […]

Morocco: Draft Law Introduced to Protect Whistle-Blowers in Corruption Cases

(Oct. 8, 2019) On February 15, 2019, the Moroccan Minister of Administration and Public Service announced the introduction of a new draft law to protect whistle-blowers. The draft law is intended to fulfill Morocco’s commitment as a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption to enact relevant domestic laws, in this case by protecting […]

Burkina Faso: Parliament Amends Penal Code

(Sept. 20, 2019) On June 20, 2019, Burkina Faso’s Parliament amended the country’s Penal Code to introduce a series of new offenses that aim to fight terrorism and organized crime, fight the spread of “fake news,” and suppress efforts to “demoralize” the Burkinabe armed forces. Many journalists and NGOs have denounced the newly created offenses, […]

Denmark: Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Danish Citizen for Illegal Presence in Syria

(Sept. 18, 2019) On August 27, 2019, the Danish Supreme Court sentenced a Danish citizen for unlawful presence in al-Raqqa, Syria, while fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Court thereby affirmed the appellate court decision, finding that the citizen’s presence violated section 114 j of the Danish Criminal Code. (Supreme Court Case No. 27/2019, […]