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Canada: Government Drops Appeal to Supreme Court over Niqab Ban During Citizenship Ceremonies

(Nov. 27, 2015) On November 16, 2015, John McCallum, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued a joint statement stating that the recently elected Liberal government would discontinue a request for appeal of a recent ruling of the Federal Court of Canada […]

India: Draft Legislation Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technology Published

(Nov. 2, 2015) On September 30, 2015, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, through its Department of Health Research, published for public and stakeholder comments draft legislation regulating assisted reproductive technology (ART). (Sushmi Dey, Foreigners May Be Barred from Commissioning Surrogacy in India, TIMES OF INDIA (Oct. 16, 2015).) According to the Director of […]

Pakistan: Federal Government Plans to Introduce Legislation Prohibiting Apostasy Pronouncements

(Sept. 21, 2015)  According to a September 10, 2015, news report, the Federal Government of Pakistan is considering legislation to prohibit takfir, a religious pronouncement or clerical ruling that declares one Muslim or group of Muslims to be non-believers or apostates.  A government official was reported to have stated, “[u]nder new laws, no one will […]

Maldives: People’s Majlis Passes Amendment to Constitution Allowing Foreign Ownership of Land

(July 30, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the People’s Majlis, the unicameral parliament of the Maldives, passed a bill amending the 2008 Constitution to allow foreign ownership of land. President Yamin Abdul Gayoom ratified the bill the next day. (Shan Anees, President Ratifies Land Ownership Bill, HAVEERU ONLINE (July 23, 2015).) The bill reportedly amends […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Pakistani Canadian Pilot in Discrimination Case

(July 30, 2015) On July 23, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the appeal of a Pakistani Canadian pilot in a discrimination case filed against Bombardier, an aerospace company. (Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), 2015 SCC 39, Judgments of […]

Canada: No Right to Vote in Federal Elections for Long-Term Expats

(July 28, 2015) On July 20, 2015, in Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) (2015 ONCA 536, CANLII), the highest court of Ontario upheld the validity of a section of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits long-term Canadian expatriates from voting in federal elections. In a split decision, the justices of the Court of Appeal for […]

Canada: Supreme Court Calls for Clear and Complete Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases

(July 21, 2015) On July 17, 2015, in the murder case of R. v. Rodgerson (2015 CSC 38, Judgements of the Supreme Court of Canada), the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal from the Court of Appeal for Ontario and found that the majority of the Court of Appeal judges had ruled correctly in […]

Canada: First Attempt to Revoke Canadian Citizenship Under New Citizenship Act

(July 15, 2015) Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration is moving ahead to revoke the citizenship of a Canadian citizen convicted of terrorist charges. This is the first attempt to do so under the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. The law received the Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, and the provisions on citizenship revocation came […]

Canada: Update: Health Canada Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Cannabis

(July 13, 2015) On July 8, 2015, Health Canada, the country’s federal department in charge of public health, responded to the Supreme Court of Canada’s June 11, 2015, ruling on medical marijuana. (Statement on Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Smith [Statement], GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (July 8, 2015); Tariq Ahmad, Canada: Supreme Court […]

Canada: Ontario Court Upholds Decision to Deny Accreditation to Proposed Law School

(July 10, 2015) On July 2, 2015, the Divisional Court of Ontario upheld the legality of a vote taken by Ontario’s Law Society (Law Society of Upper Canada) in April that denied accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. (Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2015 ONSC 4250, […]