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Israel: Temporary Restriction on the Right to Protest during Coronavirus Lockdown Adopted

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 30, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) plenum, by a vote of 46-38, passed legislation authorizing the government to declare, during a national lockdown, a “special state of emergency due to the coronavirus” and impose travel restrictions and other restrictions on the movement of persons as well as on public gatherings. […]

China: Supreme People’s Court Issues Guidance on Similar-Case Searches

(Sept. 28, 2020) On July 27, 2020, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued guidance requiring courts around the country to conduct a similar-case search in adjudicating certain cases, aiming to make judicial decisions more consistent. (Guiding Opinions on Unifying the Application of Law and Strengthening the Search for Similar Cases (Trial Implementation) (English translation and annotations on […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Relocate or Further Limit Protests Held near Prime Minister’s Official Residence

(Aug. 27, 2020) On August 19, 2020, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, rejected a petition filed by 60 Jerusalem residents to relocate or place limitations on protests taking place near the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Protests against the prime minister, who has been indicted on […]

China: Man Executed for Killing Government Officials Performing Epidemic Control Duties

(Aug. 12, 2020) On July 9, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), China’s highest court, published a press release announcing that the intermediate court of Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province had executed a 24-year-old man that day in accordance with an SPC order. The man, named Ma Jianguo, had been sentenced to death by the […]

Norway: Supreme Court Rules It Has Universal Jurisdiction over Foreigners’ Prior Terrorist Acts Abroad

(July 16, 2020) On June 26, 2020, the Norwegian Supreme Court ruled that Norwegian courts may exercise universal jurisdiction over crimes of terrorism and that foreigners may thus be sentenced in Norway for terrorism crimes they committed before arriving in the country. (Supreme Court Decision Case No. HR-2020-1340-A.) Facts of the Case The defendant, a […]

Israel: Supreme Court Voids Law Legalizing Settlements Built on Unauthorized and Privately Owned Land in West Bank

(July 14, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the Supreme Court of Israel, sitting as a High Court of Justice, ruled 8–1 to accept a petition against the constitutionality of the Law on the Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria, 5777-2017 (Feb. 13, 2017). The majority opinion was rendered by Court President Justice Esther Hayut, […]

Italy: Supreme Court of Cassation Issues Decision on Rights of Detained Persons

(June 26, 2020) On May 22, 2020, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) issued a decision declaring unconstitutional a provision imposing a radical ban on communication between incarcerated persons who, in accordance with Law No. 94 of July 15, 2009 and article 4-bis of Law No. 354 of July 26, 1975, are grouped together […]