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Pakistan: Sindh Provincial Assembly Passes Law to Establish Commission for Protection of Minority Rights

(Dec. 19, 2016) In what Assembly-member Nand Kumar Goklani called “a victory for the entire province,” Pakistan’s Sindh Province Assembly has unanimously adopted a private bill to establish a commission to protect the rights of religious minorities.  (Sindhi Assembly Stamps Commission for Minorities, NATION (Nov. 18, 2016).)  The Sindh Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2015, was […]

France: Justice Reforms Adopted

(Dec. 6, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the French Parliament adopted a law reforming various aspects of the French justice system. The President promulgated the law on November 18.  (Loi n° 2016-1547 du 18 novembre 2016 de modernisation de la justice du XXIe siècle (1) [Law No. 2016-1547 of 18 November 2016 to Modernize XXIst […]

Brazil: Too Many Appeals Slow Down the Judiciary, Says Federal Supreme Court President

(Nov. 29, 2016) On November 21, 2016, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, Minister Cármen Lúcia, decried the excessive use of appeals in Brazil, which she said is a main reason for delays in concluding legal proceedings.  Her remarks were given during the launch of National Conciliation Week in the city of Belo Horizonte, located […]

The Netherlands: Digitization of Legal System

(July 29, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted four pieces of legislation that will implement the digitization of the legal system in the Netherlands. The new provisions will be implemented in phases, beginning in early 2017.  (Senate Votes in Favour of Digitisation of Legal System, Ministry of Security and Justice website […]

Brazil: New Code of Civil Procedure Approved by Federal Senate

(Dec. 19, 2014) On December 17, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a new Code of Civil Procedure that will enter into force one year after it is signed by President Dilma Roussef. The current Code of Civil Procedure was enacted in 1973. (Código de Processo Civil, Lei No. 5.869, de 11 de Janeiro de […]

Belgium: Class Action Lawsuits Introduced

(June 26, 2014) On March 28, 2014, the Federal Parliament of Belgium enacted a law adding a new section on “collective compensation action” to the Code of Economic Law. The new title on collective compensation action will be part of Book XVII, Special Jurisdictional Procedures of the Code. (Loi portant insertion d’un titre 2 “De […]

Russia: New Privacy Protection Law

(Nov. 5, 2013) On October 1, 2013, amendments to Russia’s Civil Code aimed at protecting the privacy of individuals entered into force. (Federal Law of the Russian Federation, No. 142 FZ of July 2, 2013, on Amending Section 3 of Chapter 1, Part 1, of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation [in Russian], ROSSIISKAIA […]

Israel: Statute of Limitations for Sexual Harassment Suits

(Feb. 9, 2012) On January 30, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law, 5758-1998). According to the 1998 Law, sexual harassment and any harm originating from a complaint or a suit regarding sexual harassment are civil wrongs for which compensation may be paid. Sexual harassment includes threats, […]

Sri Lanka: Mediation Boards Planned for Northern Province

(Sept. 29, 2010) The Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka has announced plans to establish mediation boards for the Northern Province of the country, with one board in each of the 16 divisional secretariats in the province. The new system will give people a way to settle disputes without turning to the courts. The boards […]

China: New Law on Mediation

(Sept. 9, 2010) China's National People's Congress Standing Committee promulgated the Law on People's Mediation on August 28, 2010; it will be in force as of January 1, 2011. The Law has 35 articles divided among six chapters, which cover such subjects as mediation committees, mediators, mediation procedures, and mediation agreements. The Law defines “people's […]