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Germany: Powers of Federal Intelligence Service Expanded

(Nov. 18, 2016) On November 4, 2016, the German Bundesrat, the constitutional body through which the German states participate in the legislative process, approved an act to expand the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) to gather signals intelligence from foreign targets located abroad (“foreign-foreign signals intelligence gathering”) and to cooperate with foreign […]

Tajikistan: Amendment to Law on Nationality Considered

(Nov. 8, 2016) The lower house of Tajikistan’s bicameral legislature approved a provision that would ban those who hold dual citizenship from working for the national security services, with the goal of preventing leaks of classified data. The proposal was introduced on November 2, 2016, by the first Deputy of the State Committee for National […]

Syria: Amnesty for Rebels Extended

(Oct. 31, 2016) On July 28, 2016, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad, issued Legislative Decree No. 15, granting amnesty from serving any sentence to rebels who are fugitives or are in hiding, if they surrender to authorities with their weapons within a three-month period from the date of issuance of the […]

Australia: Amendments to War Crimes Provisions Relate to Fight Against Islamic State

(Oct. 17, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the Australian government introduced a bill into the Parliament to amend provisions related to war crimes contained in the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).  (Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016, PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA (last visited Oct. 13, 2016).) The proposed changes were first announced by the Prime […]

Germany: Government Publishes Civil Defense Concept

(Sept. 9, 2016) On August 28, 2016, the German Federal Government published a Civil Defense Concept in which it set out a federal strategy to facilitate non-military defense measures in Germany in a national emergency such as an attack against the country or a natural disaster. (Bundesministerium des Innern [Federal Ministry of the Interior], Konzeption […]

Germany: Act to Improve Anti-Terror Information Exchange in Force

(Sept. 8, 2016) On July 30, 2016, the Act to Improve Information Exchange in the Fight Against International Terrorism entered into force in Germany. It amends several existing laws that govern anti-terrorism measures, but also equips the German domestic intelligence agency with new means to fight international terrorism, in particular with regard to information-sharing in […]

Vietnam: Legislature Considers Law on Guard Force

(Aug. 22, 2016) During its current session, which began on August 15, 2016, the National Assembly of Vietnam (NA) discussed proposed legislation on the country’s Guard Force. While a 2005 ordinance gave a general structure to the Guard Force, according to the Vice Chairman of the NA, Do Ba Ty, legislators have now agreed to […]

New Zealand: Security and Intelligence Bill Introduced

(Aug. 16, 2016) On August 15, 2016, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, introduced the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016 in the Parliament.  (New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT; New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, New Zealand Legislation website (both last visited Aug. 15, 2016).)  The Bill implements […]

Malaysia: National Security Council Act Comes into Force

(Aug. 4, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the National Security Council Act 2016 came into force in Malaysia.  (National Security Council Act 2016 (Act 776) (NSC Act), e-Federal Gazette website (official portal); National Security Act 2016 Appointment of Date of Coming into Operation, P.U. (B) 310, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GAZETTE (July 14, 2016), e-Federal Gazette website.)  The Act, […]

Israel: Criminalization of Incitement of Volunteer Soldiers to Defect

(July 28, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Penal Law (Amendment No. 127) (Incitement of Defection of a Person Who Volunteered for an Armed Force) 5776-2016. (Amendment No. 127, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No. 2561, p. 140, as amended, Knesset website (last visited July […]