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Italy: New Law Enters into Force to Protect Victims of Domestic and Gender Violence

(Sept. 9, 2019) On August 9, 2019, new legislation related to protecting victims of domestic and gender violence entered into force in Italy. (Law No. 69 of July 19, 2019, Amendments to the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and other Provisions on the Protection of Victims of Domestic and Gender Violence (in Italian).) Changes […]

France: Bill Proposed to Extend “Medically-Assisted Procreation” to Lesbian Couples and Single Women

(Sept. 6, 2019) On July 24, 2019, the French prime minister and the minister of Health and Solidarity submitted a bill on bioethics to the National Assembly, one of the two chambers of the French parliament. While this bill touches on a number of different subjects, the most notable and controversial aspect is that it […]

Switzerland: Consultation Process on Marriage Equality Proposal Concludes

(Aug. 26, 2019) On June 21, 2019, the Federal Assembly—the Swiss parliament—concluded the consultation process on the parliamentary “Marriage for All” initiative, through which interested parties, in accordance with the Federal Act on the Consultation Procedure and the Decree on the Consultation Procedure, were able to voice their opinion on the Draft Revision of the […]

New Zealand: Major Changes to Funded Family Care Policy Announced

(Aug. 13, 2019) On July 7, 2019, the New Zealand government announced several changes to the existing system for paying people who provide health and/or disability services to family members, known as the Funded Family Care policy. The current funding arrangements for Funded Family Care are contained in the Funded Family Care Notice 2013, which […]

Guinea: Parliament Approves Civil Code That Would Legalize Polygamy

(Aug. 12, 2019) On May 9, 2019, a large majority of representatives in the National Assembly of Guinea voted in favour of a new Civil Code that would make monogamy the presumed form of marriage but would legalize polygamy. The vote was held only a few months after the Assembly’s last attempt was scrapped by […]

Côte d’Ivoire: Bill to Amend Marriage Law Approved

(Aug. 9, 2019) On March 27, 2019, the Council of Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire approved a bill that would substantially amend the country’s marriage law. It must now be presented to the Parliament, where, if adopted, it will become law following its promulgation by the President. The bill, which was drafted as part of a […]

European Union: New Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Caregivers

(July 29, 2019) On July 12, 2019, the European Union (EU) published a Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers in the Official Journal of the European Union (O.J.). (Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers and Repealing Council […]

Ecuador: Constitutional Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage

(July 25, 2019) On June 12, 2019, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court (CC) upheld the right to same-sex marriage in the country, ruling in favor of two gay couples who had sued after their request to be married was denied by the country’s civil registry. (Corte Constitucional Aprueba Matrimonio Civil Igualitario en Ecuador, EL COMERCIO (June 12, […]

Switzerland: Parliament Takes Significant Step Toward Adopting Paid Paternity Leave

(July 3, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the Swiss Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung), the Swiss parliament, took a significant step toward adopting paid paternity leave provisions. The Swiss Council of States (Ständerat), the upper chamber of parliament, agreed to a parliamentary initiative that would introduce two weeks of paid paternity leave. (Parlamentarische Initiative SGK-SR. Indirekter Gegenentwurf […]

Russia: President Signs Law Allowing Adoption of Children by People with Particular Diseases

(June 26, 2019) On May 29, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that allows courts to use discretion in approving adoption orders concerning children who already live with their prospective adoptive parents if one of the parents is suffering from certain diseases. (Federal Law No. 115 of May 29, 2019, on […]