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Israel: Laws Authorize Expulsion of Lawmakers Engaged in Incitement to Racism or Support of Armed Struggle Against the State

(July 21, 2016) On July 20, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Basic Law: the Knesset (Amendments No. 44) (BLK), and the Knesset Law (Amendment No. 43) (KL), both dated 5776-2016.  (Knesset website (click on Issue No. 216 (last visited July 20, 2016) (both laws in Hebrew); Basic Law: the Knesset, (5718 – 1958), […]

Burundi/East African Court of Justice: Case Brought on President’s Legitimacy

(June 16, 2016) On June 13, 2016, it was announced that the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), which is located in Arusha, Tanzania, will hear a case on the legitimacy of the President of Burundi’s third run for office. (Burundi: East African Court of Justice to Hear Case Against Burundi President’s Legitimacy, BBC WORLD […]

Vanuatu: Amendments to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women to Be Introduced

(May 27, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Vanuatu Minister of Justice, Ronald Warsal, stated in a radio interview that the government would introduce a bill that would reserve a certain number of seats for women in the Parliament.  (Michael Walsh, Vanuatu Paves Way for Women’s Seats in Parliament, ABC NEWS (May 20, 2016).)  The […]

Russian Federation: Constitutional Court Allows Country to Ignore ECHR Rulings

(May 18, 2016) On April 19, 2016, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (RF) ruled for the first time that a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cannot be implemented in Russia because measures aimed at its implementation would contradict the Russian Constitution. (Press Release, RF Constitutional Court, Constitutional Court Announced […]

Australia: Changes to Senate Electoral Law Passed Following Overnight Debate

(Mar. 28, 2016) On March 18, 2016, the Australian Parliament passed the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, which makes changes to the voting system used to elect Senators under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.  (Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, Parliament of Australia website (last visited Mar. 18, 2016); Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Act 2016 (Cth), amending […]

Italy: Legislation Concerning Gender Equality on Regional Councils

(Mar. 11, 2016) On February 26, 2016, the Italian Parliament passed Law No. 20 of 2016 on equal access for men and women to candidacies for the elections to regional councils. (Law No. 20 of February 15, 2016, Amending Article 4 of Law No. 165 of July 2, 2004, on Provisions Aimed at Guaranteeing Representational […]

Indonesia: Regional Elections Law Revision Proposed

(Feb. 18, 2016) On February 15, 2016, Indonesia’s General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU) outlined a number of ways in which Indonesia’s Regional Elections Law should be improved. (Revisions Needed in Indonesia’s Regional Election Law, Says KPU, JAKARTA GLOBE (Feb. 16, 2016).) The legislation in question was originally a government regulation, but was […]

Zambia: Constitutional Changes on Citizenship, Elections

(Jan. 13, 2016) Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, approved a new Constitution for the country on January 5, 2016. Among other changes, the new document permits dual citizenship and sets a date for the next elections.  (Government Urges Zambians Living in Diaspora to Apply for Dual Citizenship, LUSAKA TIMES (Jan. 7, 2016), Open Source Center No. […]

Rwanda: Referendum Approves Extended Presidential Terms

(Dec. 30, 2015) On December 19, 2015, Rwandan citizens approved a referendum to amend the country’s Constitution. Reportedly, 98% of the voters agreed to the revision of article 101. The change will permit the current president, Paul Kagame, to remain in office for a third seven-year term beginning in 2017, to be followed by two […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]