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Italy: New Legislation on Honorary Judges

(Sept. 28, 2017) On July 18, 2017, new legislation amending the statute on honorary judges and other judges entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 116 of July 13, 2017, Organic Reform of the Honorary Judiciary and Other Provisions on Justices of the Peace as well as Temporary Regulations on Honorary Magistrates in Service, […]

Netherlands: Draft Law on New International Commercial Court

(Aug. 11, 2017) On July 18, 2017, Stef Blok, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, submitted draft legislation to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) on the establishment of a new commercial court that would have the authority to render judgments in English on complex international trade disputes involving the Netherlands. (Legislative […]

Israel: First Female Judge Selected for Muslim Religious Court

(Apr. 27, 2017) On April 25, 2017, the Qadis (Muslim law judges) Appointment Committee in Israel selected Hana Mansour-Khatib, a female jurist, for the position of a Sharia (Islamic law) court judge.  Mansour-Khatib is a lawyer specializing in Sharia family law and a licensed mediator.  (Hur Uriel Nizari, History in the Committee for the Appointment of […]

Cambodia: Life Sentences of Khmer Rouge Officials Upheld

(Dec. 1, 2016) On November 23, 2016, the Supreme Court Chamber (SCC) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a special Cambodian human rights court, upheld on appeal the life sentences of two senior Khmer Rouge officials, Nuon Chea, former Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and Khieu Samphan, former […]

Denmark/European Court of Human Rights: Violation of Human Rights by Differentiation Among Danes for Family Reunification Purposes

(Aug. 5, 2016) On May 24, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber, sitting en banc, issued a ruling on the Biao v. Denmark case, finding that Denmark had violated article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights by having different rules for family reunification of Danes depending on how long […]

France/Rwanda: Genocide Convictions

(July 29, 2016) On July 6, 2016, a court in Paris convicted two former local officials of “crimes against humanity,” “genocide,” and “widespread and systematic practice of summary executions” in a “concerted plan aimed at the destruction” of the Tutsi ethnic group. They were sentenced to life in prison. (Génocide rwandais : deux anciens bourgmestres condamnés à perpétuité […]

Nigeria: New Immigration Law Enacted

(June 5, 2015) On May 25, 2015, outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law new immigration legislation that repealed and replaced the 1963 Immigration Act. (Jonathan Signs Anti-Violence, Immigration Bills into Law, INFORMATION NIGERIA (May 25, 2015).) According to Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senate Majority Leader, the purpose of the legislation is to establish a […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Rape Convictions of Only Two of 39 Accused Controversial

(May 13, 2014) On May 5, 2014, a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found two soldiers guilty of rape and 24 others guilty of looting and other crimes. The two were among 39 soldiers accused of assaulting more than 130 women in South Kivu province in 2012; it was the […]

Lebanon: Special Tribunal Indicts Journalists and Media Organizations for Contempt

(May 6, 2014) On April 24, 2014, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a hybrid international/domestic court, charged two journalists and their respective media organizations, a TV station and a print newspaper, with two counts of contempt and obstruction of justice. The charges allege that the accused knowingly and willfully interfered with the administration of justice […]