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Italy: Legislation on Structure and Organization of Italian Armed Forces

(June 24, 2016) On June 15, 2016, new legislation on the structure and organization of the Italian Armed Forces entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 91 of April 26, 2016, Provisions Integrating and Correcting Legislative Decrees No. 7 and No. 8 of January 28, 2014, Adopted in Accordance with Article 1, Paragraph 5, of […]

United Nations: Ban Ki-moon Decries Increase in Child Soldiers

(June 10, 2016) The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, expressing shock at the marked increase in violations of children’s rights, has called for changes in law and policy to better protect young people. His concern was focused on the use of child soldiers in a number of countries, particularly Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and […]

Armenia: Veterans Permitted to Seek Medical Treatment Abroad

(July 30, 2015) On July 2, 2015, the President of Armenia signed into law amendments to the Law on Social Security of Servicemen and Their Family Members that provide for full government financing of medical treatment abroad of servicemen injured during military service. (Press Release, President Serzh Sargsyan Signed a Number of Laws Passed by […]

Court of Justice of the European Union: Conscientious Objectors May Claim Asylum in the EU

(Nov. 24, 2014) On November 11, 2014, Eleanor Sharpton, the Advocate General (AG) of the Court of Justice of the European Union, issued an opinion in Case C-472/13, on the question of whether conscientious objectors are eligible to seek asylum in the EU. The Court held that non-combat military personnel may seek asylum in the […]

European Court of Human Rights; France: Prohibition of Unionization of Military Personnel Condemned

(Oct. 24, 2014) In two related decisions, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found that France’s prohibition on military unionization violates the European Convention of Human Rights. (Matelly v. France, Eur. Ct. H.R. (Oct. 2, 2014), Application No. 10609/10, HUDOC; Adefdromil v. France, Eur. Ct. H.R. (Oct. 2, 2014), Application No. 32191/09, HUDOC.) […]

Israel: Amendment Law Imposes Military Draft and National Service Obligations on Yeshiva Students

(Mar. 31, 2014) On March 12, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) approved an amendment to the Defense Service Law (Consolidated Version), 5746-1986 [hereinafter the DS Law]. (DS Law, 40 LAWS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL [LSI] 112 (5746-1985/86), as amended; DS (Amendment No. 19) Law 5774-2014 [hereinafter the DSAL] [in Hebrew] Knesset website [scroll down […]

Israel: State Will Stop Funding for Yeshiva Students Who Are Not Being Drafted

(Feb. 6, 2014) On February 4, 2014, Israel’s High Court of Justice, in an extended bench decision of eight to one, issued an interim injunction prohibiting the state from transferring financial stipends to haredi (Jewish ultra-orthodox) yeshiva students born between 1994 and mid-1996. Yeshivas are institutions of Jewish religious studies. The state will accordingly stop […]