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England: Restrictions on Privacy in Parole Hearings Loosened

(Mar. 15, 2021) On February 8, 2021, England’s government announced its intention to amend rule 15 of the Parole Board Rules 2019, which provide that, with limited exceptions, all parole hearings should be held in private, to provide transparency and confidence in the parole system. Changes to the rules will end what is effectively a […]

Italy: Implementation of EU Legislation on Arrest Warrants

(Mar. 9, 2021) On February 2, 2021, Italy issued Legislative Decree No. 10 (L.D. No. 10) amending domestic legislation to implement a European Union (EU) standard related to the European Arrest Warrant. General Provisions on the Implementation of the EU Arrest Warrant Under the new legislation, the implementation of EU provisions for EU arrest warrants […]

Pakistan: Supreme Court Bars Use of Death Penalty for Inmates with Serious Mental Illness

(Mar. 3, 2021) On February 10, 2021, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a landmark judgment barred the use of the death penalty for inmates with serious mental illness or disorders who are “unable to comprehend the rationale behind their execution.” Background The apex court was hearing three appeals from prisoners […]

China: Multiple Areas of Criminal Law Changing under New Amendment

(Feb. 26, 2021) On December 26, 2020, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted the 48-article Amendment XI to the PRC Criminal Law. Taking effect on March 1, 2021, the new amendment makes changes to multiple areas under the Criminal Law, including public safety, food and drug […]

Egypt: New Crimes Added to Penal Code

(Jan. 11, 2021) On December 16, 2020, the Egyptian cabinet approved a proposed addition to the penal code concerning the criminalization of video and audio recordings of criminal trial hearings. Additionally, the Egyptian Parliament in September 2020 passed two laws introducing the new crimes of (1) bullying and (2) conducting foreign currency exchanges outside credited […]

England and Wales: New Proposals Would Give Police Targeted Stop-and-Search Powers to Tackle Knife Crimes

(Oct. 8, 2020) On September 14, 2020, the government published a public consultation to receive opinions about the design of its newly proposed Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs), which aim to tackle knife crime across England and Wales. The proposed SVROs would create a new stop-and-search power enabling the police to take an “intelligence based, […]

France: Possession of Small Amounts of Drugs Now Subject to Fines

(Sept. 23, 2020) On September 1, 2020, a French law giving police officers authorization to issue on-the-spot fines to those caught in possession of small amounts of certain drugs entered into force. The new measure, which was passed in 2019 by the French legislature to amend article L3421-1 of the Public Health Code, is by […]

Australia: Law Commission Report Recommends Reforming Law on Corporate Criminal Responsibility

(Sept. 22, 2020) On August 31, 2020, a report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) titled Corporate Criminal Responsibility (Report) was submitted for consideration in the Australian Parliament. The Report contains a series of 20 recommendations aimed at improving Australia’s law regarding corporate criminal responsibility, including with respect to the types of offenses in the law, corporate […]