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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 […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Rules Naming and Threatening Police Officer in Rap Song to Be Freedom of Expression and Not a Crime

(Apr. 7, 2021) On March 31, 2021, the Supreme Court of Sweden issued a judgment finding that song lyrics that named a female police officer and included threatening language did not constitute the crime of threatening a police officer (hot mot tjänsteman), but was protected under the constitutional right to freedom of expression. (Supreme Court, […]

Tunisia: Parliament Suspends Deliberations on Draft Law on Protections for the Police

(Feb. 3, 2021) On December 17, 2020, the Tunisian Parliament suspended deliberations on a bill to increase protections for the police because of the strong opposition to the bill cited in an October 2020 report issued by the Tahir Institute of Middle East Policy. The new draft law aimed at imposing criminal sanctions against a […]

Jamaica: House of Representatives Passes Bills Easing Admission of Drug Crime Evidence

(Jan. 15, 2021) On December 8, 2020, Jamaica’s House of Representatives passed amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1948, and the Evidence Act, 1843. If enacted, the amendments would introduce new procedures for securing and disposing of drugs seized in connection with drug crimes and enable the admission of drug samples and recorded images as […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Limits Drug Searches Conducted Without Judicial Authorization

(Jan. 5, 2021) On November 26, 2020, the Italian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional a provision in Presidential Decree No. 309 of October 9, 1990, that allows police to conduct searches and seizures in illegal drug cases without previous authorization from a magistrate. (Decision No. 252 of November 26, 2020  (in Italian).)  Article 103, paragraph 3 […]

Denmark: Appeals Court Rules Coughing on and Screaming “Corona” at Police Officer Constitutes Threat of Violence

(Aug. 13, 2020) On June 2, 2020, a Danish appeals court, the Western High Court (Vestre Landsret), convicted a man for coughing on and screaming “corona” at a police officer, ruling that these actions when done together constituted a threat of violence under the Danish Criminal Code. (Vestre Landsret, Case No. V.L. S-0831-20, U.2020.2985-2899, June […]

New Zealand: New COVID-19 Public Health Response Legislation Enacted

(May 28, 2020) On May 13, 2020, the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 was enacted in New Zealand. The act provides a new legal framework for making and enforcing orders containing restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings, and movement in response to COVID-19. It was enacted in time for the country’s move to “Alert […]

Israel: Emergency Regulations Authorize Digital Surveillance of Coronavirus Patients and Persons Subjected to Home Isolation

(Mar. 18, 2020) On March 15 and 17, 2020, Israel’s transitional government headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved two separate emergency regulations that allow, among other things, the use of digital surveillance by the General Security Service (GSS) and provide expanded search authority to the Israel Police to combat the spread of the coronavirus. […]

Israel: Police and Ministry of Health Will Jointly Supervise Mandatory Quarantine for Designated Persons; Interactive Countrywide Coronavirus Exposure Map Posted

(Mar. 12, 2020) Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has posted an interactive map of areas in Israel and the West Bank indicating places exposed to the coronavirus by patients in the 14 days before their diagnosis with the disease. The map enables Israeli residents to check the exposed places by address. The MOH website also […]