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Brazil: New Law Creates Program to Combat Bullying Nationwide

(Nov. 13, 2015) On November 6, 2015, Brazil’s legislature enacted Law No. 13,185 on the creation of a national program to combat systematic intimidation (bullying) (Programa de Combate à Intimidação Sistemática). (Lei No. 13.185, de 6 de Novembro de 2015, art. 1, PLANALTO.) Law No. 13,185 defines systematic intimidation (intimidação sistemática) as any act of […]

Uzbekistan: Political Science Studies Terminated

(Sept. 15, 2015) It was reported on September 1, 2015, that the Minister of Higher and Special Education of Uzbekistan, Alisher Vakhabov, had issued an order cancelling the teaching of political science in Uzbekistan’s universities. (Uzbek Officials Renounced Political Studies, RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY (Sept. 1, 2015) (in Russian).) A photocopy of the order, which […]

Thailand: Alcohol Banned Near Educational Institutions

(Aug. 14, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand issued an amendment to the country’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. It will enter into force 30 days after publication. (Note to Readers: Clarification on New Laws Curbing Alcohol Sales in Thailand, KHAOSOD ENGLISH (July 27, 2015); Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, […]

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, […]

Slovak Republic: Effort to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Fails

(Feb. 12, 2015) On February 7, 2015, Slovakia held a national referendum on the subject of same-sex marriage. The initiative, designed to strengthen the country’s ban on the practice, failed due to low voter participation. Instead of the 50% needed for a valid vote, only approximately 21% of those eligible took part. The questions the […]

Israel: Law on Inspection of Food Quality and Nutrition in Educational Institutions Passed

(Nov. 13, 2014) On July 28, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Food Quality and Proper Nutrition in Educational Institutions Inspection Law, 5774-2014 (Food Quality Law). (SEFER HAHUKIM [Book of Laws, SH] 5774 No. 2470 p. 762, Knesset website (Aug. 7, 2014).) The Law requires the Minister of Education, in consultation with the Minister […]

Egypt: Law Students Protest Ban on Being Hired as Prosecutors

(Oct. 31, 2014) On October 20, 2014, a group of law students who had been denied positions in Egypt’s public prosecution service filed a petition before the country’s administrative court to repeal the decision that had been issued by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary to exclude them. (The Educational Background of Parents Threatens the […]

Israel: Law on Rights of Students with Learning Disabilities Amended

(Oct. 6, 2014) On July 28, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Law on Rights of Students with Learning Disabilities at Post-Secondary School Institutions, 5768-2008. (SEFER HAHUKIM (Book of Laws, Official Gazette) 5768 No. 2147, p. 434 [in Hebrew]; RSLD (Amendment) Law, 5774-2014 [in Hebrew] (July 28, 2014), Knesset website [scroll […]

Brazil: Schools Required to Show Films Produced in the Country

(July 3, 2014) A Law published on June 27, 2014, makes it mandatory for public and private schools to exhibit, for at least two hours a month, movies produced in the country. (Ivan Richard, Lei Obriga Escolas a Exibirem Filmes Nacionais Mensalmente, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (June 27, 2014).) Law No. 13,006 of June 26, 2014 (Lei […]

Australia: High Court Strikes Down Government Funding of School Chaplains

(June 23, 2014) On June 19, 2014, the High Court of Australia (the highest court in Australia) ruled unanimously that the federal government’s funding of the national school chaplaincy program was invalid under the Australian Constitution. (Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23 [Williams (No.2)]; Case S154/2013: Williams v. Commonwealth of Australia & Ors, […]