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Israel: Supreme Court Removes Knesset Speaker and Orders Knesset to Schedule Election of a Permanent Speaker

(Mar. 27, 2020) In an unprecedented decision on March 25, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. Israel time, the Supreme Court, by an extended panel of five justices, revoked the powers of the outgoing speaker of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and ordered the Knesset to convene the Knesset plenum to elect a permanent speaker. The unanimous decision […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rules Coronavirus Pandemic Does Not Justify Delay in Electing Knesset Speaker

(Mar. 26, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the Supreme Court, by an extended panel of five justices, ordered the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) speaker to convene the Knesset plenum to appoint a new Knesset speaker for the 23rd Knesset at the earliest possible time and no later than March 25, 2020. The decision was unanimous with […]

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. […]

Australia: High Court Rules that Aboriginal People Cannot be Deported

(Feb. 26, 2020) On February 11, 2020, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) handed down a decision in the case of Love v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] HCA 3 (“Decision”). In the significant judgment, the Court ruled by a majority of 4-to-3 that indigenous Australians who do not hold Australian citizenship cannot be deported. […]

Israel: Central Elections Committee for 23rd Knesset Reaffirms Rules for Recording and Photographing at Polling Stations on Election Day

(Feb. 7, 2020) On January 26, 2020, Israel’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) for the 23rd Knesset (Israel’s parliament), headed by Supreme Court Justice Neel Hendel, issued rules on recording and photographing at polling stations for the upcoming election on March, 2, 2020. (File 8/23 Decision Regarding Inspectors for Integrity of Elections (Decision), Central Elections Committee […]

France: Parliament Repeals Obsolete Laws

(Jan. 30, 2020) On December 11, 2019, the French President signed into law Loi n° 2019-1332 tendant à améliorer la lisibilité du droit par l’abrogation de lois obsolètes [Law No. 2019-1332 for the Improvement of the Comprehensibility of the Law by the Abrogation of Obsolete Laws]. This Law aims to make French law easier to […]

China: National Supervision Commission Granted Power to Make Supervision Regulations

(Jan. 10, 2020) On October 26, 2019, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) issued a decision to grant the country’s highest supervisory organ, the National Supervision Commission, the power to make supervision regulations. The four-article decision took effect on October 27, 2019. (Decision art. 4.) The National Supervision Commission According to China’s 2018 amended […]

United Kingdom: Cabinet Office Details Government Actions to Tackle Public Intimidation Ahead of General Election

(Dec. 4, 2019) The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom has issued an update detailing actions the government has taken to tackle public intimidation that candidates may face in the upcoming general election to be held on December 12, 2019. The experiences of many candidates during the 2017 general election resulted in the government commissioning […]

Pakistan: Sindh Province Rejects Bill Against Forced Conversions

(Nov. 15, 2019) On October 8, 2019, the Provincial Assembly of Sindh Province rejected a bill criminalizing forced religious conversions. This was the second attempt at enacting an anti-conversion law in the province—in December 2016 the Provincial Assembly passed a similar bill, but on the insistence of the provincial government, the governor did not assent […]

Colombia: Constitutional Reforms Proposed to Increase Punishment for Violent and Sexual Crimes Against Minors

(Nov. 12, 2019) During debates over the last several months in the Colombian Congress regarding a proposed constitutional reform to apply life imprisonment to perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes against children, representative Jaime Rodriguez submitted an additional and highly controversial proposal to impose the death penalty for those who commit such crimes. Article 11 of the Colombian […]