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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 […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rules American Indian Tribe Member Has Constitutional Right to Hunt in Ancestral Territory without a License

(May 5, 2021) On April 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada issued an opinion holding that an American citizen who is a member of an American Indian tribe with ancestral connections to an aboriginal group in Canada was not subject to criminal penalties under a British Columbia conservation law for hunting on public land […]

Sweden: Patent and Market Court Declares Classic Works Quotable Even under Offensive Circumstances

(Apr. 30, 2021) On April 15, 2021, the Swedish Patent and Market Court held that classic texts that are part of the Swedish cultural heritage may be quoted or reproduced unaltered, even when the context is offensive to the general public. (Patent and Market Court Case No. PMT 17286-19, on file with author.) Section 51 […]

France: High Court Issues Ruling on Insanity Defense

(Apr. 29, 2021) On April 14, 2020, the Cour de cassation, France’s highest court for civil and criminal matters, confirmed that defendants could not be judged under criminal law if they committed murder while in a state of delirium that eliminated (aboli) their discernment. This decision concludes a case referred to in the press as […]

China: National Database of Laws and Regulations Launched

(Apr. 26, 2021) On February 24, 2021, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) launched an official database of Chinese laws and regulations, the National Database of Laws and Regulations (see NPC Observer’s guide and review for a discussion of the database in English). According to the NPC statement announcing the database, the database entered its trial […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Finds Sick Leave Limit for Public Employees Discriminatory

(Apr. 23, 2021) On March 3, 2021, the Italian Constitutional Court declared that a law limiting the sick leave available to seriously ill public employees is unconstitutional. The court found that the law is unreasonable because it sets an 18-month maximum amount of sick leave for an inability to work caused by an illness itself […]

Russian Federation: Supreme Court Rejects Mother’s Petition to Change Children’s Names without Father’s Consent

(Apr. 19, 2021) On January 28, 2021, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a ruling that clarified the circumstances in which a divorced parent may change a child’s first name, patronymic name, and last name without the consent of the other parent. This decision confirmed the equal rights of the parents regardless of […]

Israel: Supreme Court Voids Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions Limiting Demonstrators to 1,000 Meters from Residence

(Apr. 15, 2021) On April 4, 2021, Israel’s Supreme Court voided a regulation that had been in effect from October 1 to 13, 2020, and served as a basis for issuing fines against persons who participated in demonstrations against the prime minister and the Israeli government in violation of its conditions. (HC 5469/20 National Responsibility […]