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Austria: Expropriation of Hitler’s Birthplace Held Constitutional

(Sept. 8, 2017) On June 30, 2017, the Austrian Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof Österreich, VfGH) held that the expropriation by law of the house in which Adolf Hitler was born was constitutional, thereby rejecting the application of the former owner of the house to declare the Expropriation Act void.  The Court stated that the expropriation was […]

Kenya: Movable Property Security Rights Act Enacted

(May 18, 2017) On May 10, 2017, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Movable Security Rights Bill 2017, legislation aimed at facilitating the use of movable property as collateral for securing a credit line.  (President Kenyatta Signs Movable Property Security Rights Bill into Law, OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE PRESIDENT (May 10, 2017).)  It does this […]

Italy: Security of Cities

(Mar. 10, 2017) On February 21, 2017, new legislation on the security of cities in Italy entered into effect.  (Decree-Law No. 14 of February 20, 2017, Urgent Provisions on the Security of the City (D. L. No. 14), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Feb. 20, 2017), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)  The new legislation regulates the methods for coordination […]

Israel: Law on the Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria

(Feb. 16, 2017) On February 6, 2017, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, passed a law for the regulation of settlements on land in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).  (Law on Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria, 5777-2017, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, SH] (the official gazette) No. 2604 p. 394 at 410 (Feb. 13, […]

Egypt: Council of Ministers Says Evictions in Sinai Comply with International Law

(Oct. 14, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Council of Ministers of Egypt issued a statement saying that a decision taken by the military to forcibly evict hundreds of families on the Gaza-Egyptian border had adhered to the principles of the World Conference on Human Rights of 1993. The conference, which took place in Vienna […]

China: Restrictions Eased on Foreign Investment in Real Estate Market

(Sept. 9, 2015) On August 19, 2015, China released the Notice of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and Other Departments on Amending the Policies Concerning Access by and Administration of Foreign Investment in the Real Estate Market . (Zhufang Chengxiang Jianshe Bu Deng Bumen Guanyu Tiaozheng Fangdichan Shichang Waizi Zhunru he Guanli […]

Israel: Intended Assets Sharing Presumption Applies to Same-Sex Couples

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 20, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a decision of the Tel Aviv District Court recognizing the applicability of the “assets’ sharing presumption” to a same-sex couple who prior to ending their relationship had cohabited while jointly raising the child of one of the spouses and jointly managing […]

Germany: States Implement Federal Rent Control Act

(Aug. 3, 2015) On June 1, 2015, a new federal act on rent control entered into force in Germany. The Tenancy Law Amendment Act authorizes the individual German states to enact regulations to designate “tight housing markets” in which a rent cap will apply. Twelve of the 16 German states (Länder) have implemented the Act […]

Maldives: People’s Majlis Passes Amendment to Constitution Allowing Foreign Ownership of Land

(July 30, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the People’s Majlis, the unicameral parliament of the Maldives, passed a bill amending the 2008 Constitution to allow foreign ownership of land. President Yamin Abdul Gayoom ratified the bill the next day. (Shan Anees, President Ratifies Land Ownership Bill, HAVEERU ONLINE (July 23, 2015).) The bill reportedly amends […]

Armenia: Private Cemeteries to Be Established

(July 27, 2015) On May 27, 2015, the President of Armenia signed into law amendments to the Law on Organization of Funerals and Operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria, the main purpose of which is to allow private cemeteries to operate in the country. (Law on the Organization of Funerals and Operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria, […]