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International: ILO Report on World Employment Trends Highlights Importance of International Labor Standards to Protect Workers’ Rights

(June 10, 2021) On June 2, 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) published the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021 report (WESO Trends report), which highlights the importance of international labor standards to protect workers’ rights. In particular, the WESO Trends report focuses on the disparate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workers, […]

International: First Labor Complaints Filed through United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism

(June 3, 2021) On May 10, 2021, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrialized Organizations (AFL-CIO) and other groups announced that they had filed the first labor complaint under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, alleging that workers at the Tridonex auto parts factory in Matamoros, Mexico, are being […]

Sweden: Government Tasks Sami Parliament with Investigating Sameby Legal Construct and Membership Rules

(June 1, 2021) On May 20, 2021, the Swedish Parliament announced that it was reviewing legislation pertaining to the Sami (a nomadic group indigenous to northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia) and had tasked the Sami Parliament with investigating the legal construct and status of the sameby—literally “sami village” but actually a legal entity and an […]

Norway: Government Completes Public Review of Corona Certificate Rules

(May 27, 2021) On May 5, 2021, the Norwegian government (Statsministerens kontor, Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet, Kulturdepartementet) sent out a proposal for public review (høring) regarding the issuance of an official “Corona Certificate.” The deadline for submitting responses was May 12, 2021. The week-long response time was considerably shorter than the usual amount of time afforded […]

European Union: Commission Publishes Proposal to Regulate Artificial Intelligence

(May 26, 2021) On April 21, 2021, the European Commission published a legislative proposal for an Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act). The AI Act addresses the risks of AI systems to the safety or fundamental rights of citizens by following an approach based on risks ranging from unacceptable to minimal. Whereas certain harmful AI-enabled practices […]

New Zealand: Landmark Judgment Recognizes Customary Rights in Coastal Marine Area

(May 21, 2021) On May 7, 2021, the High Court of New Zealand, the third highest court in New Zealand’s court hierarchy, issued a decision in Re Edwards (Whakatohea) (No 2) [2021] NZHC 1025 in which it “granted recognition orders for customary marine title and protected customary rights to a number of applicant groups in […]

Russian Federation: Restrictions on Media with Foreign Funding Imposed

(May 14, 2021) On April 30, 2021, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin signed into law recently adopted amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations. The amendments impose fines for distribution in mass media of materials produced by an entity recognized and registered as a foreign agent in Russia if such publications do not bear a […]

France: Parliament Adopts Domestic Security Bill

(May 11, 2021) On April 15, 2021, the French Parliament adopted a bill on domestic security entitled “Bill for Overall Security Which Preserves Freedoms.” This bill, which is currently under review by the Constitutional Council before President Emmanuel Macron can sign it into law, aims to change the legislative framework concerning video surveillance, police body […]

Uzbekistan: New Requirements for Uzbek Citizens’ Personal Data Localization Enter into Force

(May 7, 2021) On April 16, 2021, Uzbekistan’s Law on Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan entered into force. This law, which Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed into law on January 14, 2021, amends the country’s Law on Personal Data and introduces new requirements on personal data localization. Provisions […]