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Jordan: Government Takes Steps Aimed at Curbing COVID-19 Outbreak

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 22, 2020, the Jordanian government announced that it was easing lockdown restrictions previously put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the southern provinces of Karak, Maan, and Tafilah. As a result, car repair, electricity, furniture, book, stationery, and printing shops in those provinces are allowed to resume work. […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

Brazil: Government Creates Amazon Council to Protect Amazon Region

(Feb. 19, 2020) On January 22, 2020, during a meeting of the Council of Government, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the creation of the Amazon Council and an Environmental Task Force to devise plans and actions for protecting, defending, and sustainably developing Brazilian forestry. Bolsonaro explained that the Council would be coordinated by Vice President […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Recognizes Sami Indigenous Group’s Exclusive Right to Confer Hunting and Fishing Rights in Sami Area

(Feb. 14, 2020) On January 23, 2020, the Swedish Supreme Court held that the Sami group “Girjas Sameby” (literally “Girjas Sami Village”) had an exclusive right to fishing and hunting in Girjas reindeer-herding areas on the basis of urminnes hävd (their presence there from time immemorial). Not only can the Sami village confer hunting and […]

New Zealand: Firearms Buyback Program Commences

(July 15, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Regulations 2019 came into effect in New Zealand. The regulations “allow for the buy-back of newly prohibited firearms and parts from owners within a six month amnesty period,” which will run until December 20, 2019. A buyback price list was subsequently […]

Germany: Regulation to Allow Use of E-scooters on Public Roads Enacted

(June 25, 2019) On June 14, 2019, a regulation was published in Germany’s Federal Law Gazette that allows the use of light electric vehicles on public roads. Light electric vehicles include, among other things, e-scooters and Segways. Riders must use bike lanes or, if none are available, the street. Previously, the use of e-scooters was […]

Austria: Ban on Riding E-Scooters on Sidewalks Enacted

(May 31, 2019) On May 22, 2019, an amendment to the Austrian Traffic Ordinance was published in the Federal Law Gazette that generally prohibits riding electric scooters (e-scooters) on sidewalks, unless otherwise permitted. E-Scooter riders must use bike lanes. The amendment will enter into force on June 1, 2019. (Änderung der Straßenverkehrsordnung 1960 (31. StVO-Novelle) [Amendment […]

Russian Federation: Legislation Adopted Penalizing Use and Distribution of Prohibited Substances in Sports

(May 28, 2019) On May 1, 2019, the Russian Federation adopted the Law on Amending Articles 3.5 and 6.18 of the Code of Administrative Violations, which prescribes fines for athletes who use doping. (Federal’nii Zakon ot 05-01-2019 No. 96-FZ О Vnesenii Izmeninii V Stat’i 3.5 i 6.18 Kodeksa Rossiiskoi Federatsii ob Administrativnikh Pravonarusheniyakh [Federal Law […]

New Zealand: Legislation Banning Certain Firearms, Magazines, and Parts Passed

(Apr. 17, 2019) On April 10, 2019, the New Zealand Parliament passed, with a vote of 119–1, the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, which bans most semiautomatic firearms and assault rifles along with high-capacity magazines and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms. (Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment […]

Japan: Law to Regulate Ticket Resales Enacted

(Jan. 24, 2019) With the 2020 Summer Olympics due to begin in Japan in July 2020, the Diet (Japan’s Parliament) has enacted a law aimed at preventing Olympic tickets from becoming unaffordable because of ticket scalping. ([Tokyo Olympics] Ticket Resale Law Will Provide Penalty, Imprisonment up to 1 year: Liberal Democratic Party Members, SANKEI (Mar. 6, […]