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Norway: Election Law Committee Recommends Amendments to Constitution and to Election Law on Delaying Elections under Special Circumstances

(Sept. 11, 2020) On June 3, 2020, the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet, KMD) sent a proposal for a legislative consultation (høring) on amending both the Norwegian Constitution and Norway’s Election Act to allow the government to postpone general elections under extraordinary circumstances, such as a global pandemic. The proposal […]

Indonesia: Spread of COVID-19 Declared a National Disaster

On April 13, 2020, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) issued Presidential Decree No. 12 of 2020 on Stipulation of the Non-Natural Disaster of the Spread of COVID-19 as a National Disaster. According to the Jakarta Post, the decree “states that efforts to mitigate the outbreak are to be led by the COVID-19 Task Force with the cooperation […]

Brazil: Government Creates Amazon Council to Protect Amazon Region

(Feb. 19, 2020) On January 22, 2020, during a meeting of the Council of Government, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the creation of the Amazon Council and an Environmental Task Force to devise plans and actions for protecting, defending, and sustainably developing Brazilian forestry. Bolsonaro explained that the Council would be coordinated by Vice President […]

Brazil: Brazilian President Signs Decree Authorizing Use of Armed Forces in Amazon Region

(Sept. 19, 2019) On August 23, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Decree No. 9,985 (Decreto No. 9,985, de 24 de Agosto de 2019) authorizing the use of the armed forces to assist in fighting fires in the Amazon forest. Article 1 of Decree No. 9,985 authorizes the use of the armed forces to guarantee […]

Italy: New Law Aiding Reconstruction Following Earthquakes Takes Effect

(May 10, 2019) On April 19, 2019, new legislation on public procurement and on aiding the recovery of areas hit by earthquakes entered into force in Italy. (Decree Law No. 32, Urgent Provisions for Revitalizing the Public Contracts Sector, [and] for Accelerating Infrastructure Interventions, Urban Regeneration and Reconstruction After Seismic Events) (D.L. No. 32), GAZZETTA […]

Japan: Water Supply Act Amended

(Dec. 18, 2018) In an effort to counter issues faced by water supply businesses arising from both a decrease in water demand caused by Japan’s population decline and a decrease in the number of aging water facilities, the Diet (Japanese Parliament) has passed an act that amends the Water Supply Act. (Act No. 92 of […]

Japan: Catastrophic Disaster Response Activated Following Hokkaido Earthquake

(Sept. 27, 2018) Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido, was hit by a powerful earthquake on September 6, 2018, causing people great suffering from the disruption of their normal lives and severe economic damage. (Haruka Nuga, Death Toll Rises, Flights Resume, Power Back in Japan Quake, AP NEWS (Sept. 8, 2018).) Prime Minister Abe announced on September […]

Italy: New Civil Protection Code Enters into Force

(Mar. 27, 2018) On February 2, 2018, a new Civil Protection Code to address responses to disasters and other national emergencies came into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decreee No. 1 of January 2, 2018, CIVIL PROTECTION CODE, GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Jan. 22, 2018), Normattiva website (in Italian).) This law represents the Italian government’s most significant […]

Italy: Nuclear Security Legislation Now in Force

(Nov. 7, 2017) On October 10, 2017, legislation implementing a 2014 amendment to the European Union accord on nuclear security entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 137 of September 15, 2017, Implementation of Council Directive 2014/87/Euratom of 8 July 2014 Amending Directive 2009/71/Euratom Establishing a Community Framework for the Nuclear Safety of Nuclear […]