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Norway: Supreme Court Rules Organization May Bring Claim Questioning Constitutionality of Parliamentary Decision

(Mar. 30, 2021) On March 1, 2021, the Norwegian Supreme Court, sitting in banc, declared that the organization “Nei til EU” (No to the EU) may bring a claim in court that a parliamentary vote decided by simple majority violated a Norwegian constitutional provision requiring certain matters be decided by a supermajority. (Norwegian Supreme Court, […]

International: New ICSID Caseload Statistics Reveal Trends in Arbitral Appointments and Case Distribution

(Feb. 22, 2021) On January 28, 2021, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) published its caseload statistics for the first six months of 2020 (FY2020). Some had predicted that disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic would have a significant impact on the number and type of investment disputes brought to ICSID […]

International: New App Developed to Combat Illegal Fishing in West Africa

(Dec. 1, 2020) Illegal fishing in West Africa has been a longstanding challenge in the region, threatening livelihoods, nutritional security, and export revenues, while also causing damage to marine environments and contributing to increased pollution. Now a new app, developed by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and launched on November 10, 2020, can be used […]

International: Global Unions and Human Rights Organizations Report Increase in Transparency in Garment Industry

(Jan. 15, 2020) In December 2019, Human Rights Watch, along with a coalition composed of several prominent workers’ rights organizations, global unions, and international corporate accountability advocates, reported a “surge” in garment industry transparency. As Human Rights Watch notes, murky reporting and unreliable sourcing have historically plagued supply chains in the garment industry. In 2016, […]

Maldives: Government Dissolves Human Rights NGO over Report on Radicalization

(Nov. 29, 2019) On November 5, 2019, the government of Maldives decided to dissolve the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), a nonpartisan NGO that aims to promote human rights and democratic values and principles in the Maldives, over the contents of its 2016 report entitled Preliminary Assessment of Radicalization in the Maldives. The report, which “examined […]

Egypt: New Law Enacted Regulating Activities of Nongovernmental Organizations

(Sept. 11, 2019) On August 19, 2019, Egyptian president Abdu Al-Fatah Al-Sisi ratified Law No. 149 of 2019 on activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Repealing the controversial Law No. 70 of 2017, which defenders of human rights and civil society in Egypt feared would practically ban NGOs from carrying out their work and “eliminate civil […]

Swedish Parliament Reintroduces Tax Deduction for Donations to Nonprofit Organizations

(July 10, 2019) On June 4, 2019, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation reintroducing tax deductions for donations to nonprofit organizations. (Återinförd skattereduktion för gåvor till ideell verksamhet: Skatteutskottets betänkande 2018/19:SkU21 [Tax Reduction for Gifts to Charitable Activities Reintroduced: Tax Committee Report 2018/19:SkU21], SVERIGES RIKSDAG (June 4, 2019); Press Release, Sveriges Riksdag, Skatteavdrag för den som ger […]

Egypt: Parliament to Finalize NGO Law Amendments in March

(Jan. 29, 2019) On January 16, 2019, Talaat Abdel Qawi, the Director of Egypt’s General Federation of NGOs, confirmed that a draft law amending Law No. 70 of 2017 regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations would be finalized in March and sent to the cabinet for review. According to Abdel Qawi, the Federation held four […]

Iran: IMF Evaluates Iran’s Legislative and Institutional Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Apr. 13, 2018) In its March 2018 report assessing the economic situation in Iran, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Iran had made progress in reforming its policies on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and was taking steps to improve the country’s connections to the international banking and trade system. (IMF, […]