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Japan: Emperor Akihito Announces Intention to Abdicate

(July 14, 2016) It was reported on July 13, 2016, that Emperor Akihito of Japan intends to abdicate the throne in favor of his first son, Crown Prince Naruhito.  (Emperor Expressed His Intention to ‘Abdicate,’ NHK News Web (July 13, 2016) (in Japanese).)  As there is no provision on abdication in the Imperial House Act, […]

Brunei: Islamic Law Adopted

(May 6, 2014) On April 30, 2014, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, announced that Sharia (Islamic) penal law would become effective in the country on May 1, under the Shari’ah Penal Code Order, 2013. In addition to this Order, amendments have been made to three other laws, the Islamic Religious Council Act, the Shari’ah […]

Mali: Sharia Law Imposed in North

(Aug. 14, 2012) Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) have occupied northern Mali, controlling about 60% of the country, since late March 2012. These two armed groups have as a goal the imposition of Sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. (Forcing Sharia Law in Mali, […]

Papua New Guinea: Controversial Law Stayed After UN Official Expressed Concerns

(May 1, 2012) On April 27, 2012, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, expressed concern about trends in the governance of Papua New Guinea (PNG), stating that “Papua New Guinea is on a slippery path to upending the constitutional order and undermining the rule of law.” (Papua New Guinea on 'Slippery […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Submits 53 Priority Draft Proposals to the Legislature

(Feb. 27, 2012) The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on February 24, 2012. (Grace Kuo, ROC Cabinet Gears Up for New Legislative Session, TAIWAN TODAY (Feb. […]

Egypt: Judicial Authority Warns Parliament

(Feb. 17, 2012) On February 8, 2012, it was reported that the Chief of the Supreme Judicial Council and President of the Court of Cassation in Egypt, Judge Husam el-Din al-Ghariani, had sent a letter to the Speaker of the People's Assembly (the Parliament) insisting on the necessity of respecting the principle of separation of […]

Australia: Bill to Improve Ability to Understand Legislation Introduced

(May 20, 2011) On May 12, 2011, the Australian Attorney-General introduced the Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 2011 into Parliament. (Press Release, Hon. Robert McClelland, Acts Interpretation Amendment to Make Legislation More Accessible (May 12, 2011).) This bill will amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, which sets out the overarching rules for interpreting all Australian federal […]

Gambia: Consolidated LAWS OF THE GAMBIA Through 2009 Issued

(Feb. 17, 2011) It was reported on February 14, 2011, that the Gambian government has published consolidated laws of The Gambia (2009 REVISED EDITION OF LAWS OF THE GAMBIA) covering laws published through 2009. (VP Launches 2009 Revised Laws of The Gambia, DAILY OBSERVER (Feb. 14, 2011), The publication, which includes statutes and subsidiary […]

Africa: Adherence to Rule of Law in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa Measured

(Oct. 20, 2010) On October 14, 2010, the World Justice Project released its 2010 World Rule of Law Index report, a quantitative assessment of adherence to the rule of law in 35 jurisdictions around the world. The assessment is based on interviews conducted with 41,000 lay persons and 900 experts (Rule of Law Index, THE […]

Namibia: Namibian Laws Soon to Be Available Online

(July 23, 2010) It was reported on July 19, 2010, that Namibia has embarked on a comprehensive new undertaking, the E-Laws Project, to make all its laws available through a web interface which, upon completion, is expected to improve access to Namibian laws for legal practitioners and the general public (New Website Contains All Namibian […]