Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Families http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Australia: High Court Strikes Down Territory's Same-Sex Marriage Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403799_text Families; Marriage and family status; Same-sex marriage - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403799_text Global Legal Monitor: World Bank: Legal Barriers to Economic Equality for Women Still Exist http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403728_text Discrimination; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403728_text Global Legal Monitor: Sweden: Changes to Parental Benefits Plan http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403726_text Families; Social security - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work... 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Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403726_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Federal Government Adopts Draft Policy to Eradicate Child Labor http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403712_text Families; Labor - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403712_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Commission Issues Declaration on Gender Equality and Reproductive Health http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403709_text Workers safety and health; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403709_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: New Regulation on Protection Against Abuse http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403692_text Criminal law and procedure; Domestic violence; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403692_text Global Legal Monitor: Norway: Tightening of Restrictions on Unhealthy Food Ads Aimed at Youth http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403682_text Families; Health - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403682_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: Two Laws Amended to Better Protect Women http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403676_text Domestic violence; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403676_text Global Legal Monitor: Swaziland: High Court Abolishes Rule Denying Married Women the Right to Institute Legal Action On Their Behalf http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403670_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403670_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Youth Statute Enacted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403658_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403658_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: New "Pregnancy Tax" Introduced for Women and Their Employers http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403654_text Employee benefits; Taxation; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403654_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Women Judges Voice Concern over Domestic Violence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403631_text Domestic violence; Judges; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403631_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: New Security Council Resolution Against Sexual Violence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403629_text Crime and law enforcement; International affairs; War; Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403629_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Recognition of Natural Children http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403627_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403627_text Global Legal Monitor: Lesotho: Constitutional Court Denies Women the Right to Inherit Customary Titles http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403597_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 20 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403597_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Supreme Court Upholds Bini Customary Law System of Primogeniture http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403570_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403570_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Jewish Husband Incarcerated for Refusing to Divorce His Wife http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403566_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403566_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Rejection of a Suit to Nullify Paternity of Moslem Minors http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403561_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403561_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403557_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403557_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: A Divorced Parent's Child Visitation Rights Can Be Enforced http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403550_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403550_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Wanted: Husbands Who Disappear Without Divorcing Their Wives http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403521_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403521_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Provision on Same-Sex Marriage Approved by Legislature http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403479_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403479_text Global Legal Monitor: Canada: Court Ruling Denies Equal Rights to Common Law Couples http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403473_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403473_text Global Legal Monitor: Poland: Civil Union Proposal Rejected http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403474_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403474_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Resolution on Ending Genital Mutilation Passed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403439_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403439_text Global Legal Monitor: Turkey: Constitutional Court Annuls 2008 Law That Had Lifted Ban on Wearing Headscarves at Universities http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403419_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403419_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Approval of Same-Sex Marriage Draft Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403402_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403402_text Global Legal Monitor: Botswana: Landmark Case Ends Patriarchal Inheritance System http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403370_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403370_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Burqa Ban Voted Down http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403348_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403348_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia: Australian Parliament Votes Down Two Marriage Equality Bills http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403342_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403342_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Commission Finds Many Laws that Discriminate Against Women http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403336_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403336_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Vote http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403306_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403306_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Grandparents' Rights http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403268_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403268_text Global Legal Monitor: Liberia: Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Passed by Senate http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403258_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403258_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: Family Court Permits Divorce of a Couple Based on Husband's Smoking Habit http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403249_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403249_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Local Ordinance to Require Wearing of Headscarves http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403183_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403183_text Global Legal Monitor: Burkina Faso: Government Plans Support for Women Accused of Witchcraft, While Others Call for Legislation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403167_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 29 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403167_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Father Sentenced to Pay Compensation to Daughter for Abandonment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403130_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403130_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: European Parliament Adopts Draft Regulation on Cross-Border Inheritances http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403074_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403074_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Same-Sex Marriage to Be Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403040_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403040_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Gay Family Rights Ruling http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403036_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403036_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Doctor Acquitted in Virginity Test Case http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403024_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders;... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403024_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Amends Women's Protection Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402990_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402990_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Wearing of Face Coverings in Most Public Places to Be Banned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402970_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402970_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Senate Adopts Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402899_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402899_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Burqa Ban Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402865_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402865_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Special Rapporteur Calls for Holistic Approach to Prevent Violence Against Women http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402862_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402862_text Global Legal Monitor: Sweden: Supreme Court Defines Swedish Jurisdiction in Child Custody Battles http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402853_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402853_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Senate Considering Legislation to Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402833_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402833_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: King Overturns a Woman's Lashing Sentence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402832_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402832_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Supreme People's Court Issues Third Interpretation of Marriage Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402809_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402809_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Burqa Ban Provision Approved by Parliamentary Committee http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402773_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402773_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Family Court: Adultery May Constitute Ground for Compensation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402764_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402764_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: First Gay Marriage Authorized by Judiciary http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402739_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402739_text Global Legal Monitor: Liechtenstein: Referendum Approves Act on Same-Sex Unions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402719_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402719_text Global Legal Monitor: Council of Europe: Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402695_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402695_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Local Ruling Upholding Head Scarf Ban in Catholic School http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402618_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402618_text Global Legal Monitor: Kenya: Comprehensive Bill Before Parliament Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402606_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402606_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Implementation of the Law Prohibiting Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402584_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402584_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Gender Equality Law on the Agenda http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402572_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402572_text Global Legal Monitor: South Sudan; Sudan: Sexual, Gender Violence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402541_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402541_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Prohibition of Homosexual Marriages Found Constitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402497_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402497_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: Amended Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402482_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402482_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: New Standardized Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402425_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402425_text Global Legal Monitor: Kenya: Violence Against Women Rising http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402424_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402424_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Act on Breastfeeding in Public Places Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402374_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402374_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Appellate Court Rejects DNA Results That Contradict Shari'a Rules of Evidence http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402326_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402326_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Law Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces Found Constitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402319_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402319_text Global Legal Monitor: Mali: Bill Seeking to Modernize Family Law Regime Defeated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402305_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402305_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Government Ordered to Protect Women's Right Not to Wear Veil http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402195_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402195_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: Single-Father Households Receive Government Support, Like Single-Mother Households http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402186_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402186_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Custody for Out-of-Wedlock Children http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402179_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402179_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Supreme Court Orders Government to Add Women to Flotilla Committee http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402167_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402167_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Recognition of Paternity of Children of Moslem Bigamous Marriage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402170_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402170_text Global Legal Monitor: Spain: Congress Rejects Proposal to Prohibit Use of Niqab or Burka in Public Spaces http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402161_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402161_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Surrogate Motherhood http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402140_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402140_text Global Legal Monitor: Ireland: EU Divorce Plan Rejected http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402088_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 07 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402088_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: New Family Law for Christians to Be Drafted Following Contentious Court Decision http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402080_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402080_text Global Legal Monitor: Iran: Role of Mahr in Two Cases http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402060_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402060_text Global Legal Monitor: Iceland: Same-Sex Marriage Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402056_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402056_text Global Legal Monitor: Senegal: Adoption of Gender Parity Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402029_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402029_text Global Legal Monitor: Liberia: Proposal to Increase Women's Participation in Politics http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402026_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402026_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Draft Law Prohibiting Wearing of Face-Concealing Clothing in Public Spaces http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402028_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402028_text Global Legal Monitor: Canada: Quebec's Government Introduces Bill to Deny Public Services to Women Wearing the Veil http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401996_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 21 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401996_text Global Legal Monitor: Belgium: Chamber of Representatives Adopts Draft Law Banning Covering of the Face in Public Places http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401966_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 07 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401966_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Upheld by Constitutional Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401938_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401938_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Council of State Advises Against Complete Ban on Full Islamic Veil http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401930_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401930_text Global Legal Monitor: Portugal: Gay Marriage Law Approved by Constitutional Tribunal http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401917_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401917_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Extension of Parental Leave for Birth of a Child http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401918_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Women's Labor Law extending the leave to which a parent is entitled after the birth of a child. The extension of the leave... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401918_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Spousal Agreements for Couples Not Belonging to Any Religion http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401915_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Women's Labor Law extending the leave to which a parent is entitled after the birth of a child. The extension of the leave On March 15, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law authorizing the registration of spousal agreements. The law was designed to enable the portion of the population that does not belong to any recognized religion,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 09 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401915_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Court Finds Practice of Bride Price Constitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401894_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Women's Labor Law extending the leave to which a parent is entitled after the birth of a child. The extension of the leave On March 15, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law authorizing the registration of spousal agreements. The law was designed to enable the portion of the population that does not belong to any recognized religion, It was reported on March 29, 2010, that the Ugandan Constitutional Court, in what appears to be a major blow to women's rights groups, rejected a petition for abolishing the traditional practice of bride price (dowry)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401894_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Proposal to Simplify International Divorce Laws http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401893_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Women's Labor Law extending the leave to which a parent is entitled after the birth of a child. The extension of the leave On March 15, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law authorizing the registration of spousal agreements. The law was designed to enable the portion of the population that does not belong to any recognized religion, It was reported on March 29, 2010, that the Ugandan Constitutional Court, in what appears to be a major blow to women's rights groups, rejected a petition for abolishing the traditional practice of bride price (dowry) On March 24, 2010, the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union, part of whose function is to draft proposals for new laws) (EC) made public a proposed regulation to simplify and clarify laws... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401893_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Legislative Proposal on Electronic Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401890_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Women's Labor Law extending the leave to which a parent is entitled after the birth of a child. The extension of the leave On March 15, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law authorizing the registration of spousal agreements. The law was designed to enable the portion of the population that does not belong to any recognized religion, It was reported on March 29, 2010, that the Ugandan Constitutional Court, in what appears to be a major blow to women's rights groups, rejected a petition for abolishing the traditional practice of bride price (dowry) On March 24, 2010, the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union, part of whose function is to draft proposals for new laws) (EC) made public a proposed regulation to simplify and clarify laws It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401890_text Global Legal Monitor: Jordan: Bill to Amend the Family Law Adds Provision on Electronic Divorces http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401877_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to Palestinian On July 20, 2010, the Congreso de los Diputados (the lower house of Spain's parliament) opposed a proposal from the Partido Popular (PP) requesting that the government prohibit the use of the niqab or the burka, The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil authorized a couple who donated genetic material to a surrogate Ireland has declined to take part in a European Union plan for enhanced cooperation in divorce cases. The proposed scheme has been agreed upon by 14 Member States implementing, for the first time, rules contained in On June 13, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Egypt established a committee to compose a draft law regulating marriage and divorce for Christians. The purpose of this initiative is to help alleviate the anger expressed Under Islamic law, one of the requirements of a marriage contract is that the man has to make a gift of money or property to the woman; this gift is called mahr. This condition is incorporated The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, on June 11, 2010, unanimously approved same-sex marriages. The new concept of marriage as being neutral on gender-orientation will replace the existing practice of registered partnerships for gay couples, which has The Senegalese Parliament recently adopted a new law requiring all political parties to introduce absolute gender parity in electoral lists for all elected representation, national or local. Lists that do not comply with the law will On May 27, 2010, a bill entitled the Gender Equity in Politics Act 2010, which seeks to increase the involvement of women in Liberia's political process, was proposed to the country's legislature for floor action (Liberia's On May 19, 2010, the French Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law, prepared by the Ministry of Justice, that would prohibit the wearing of clothing that covers the face in public spaces (Projet de loi On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu int;gral, S;ance pl;niandegrave;re On April 14, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Italy upheld the country's prohibition against same-sex marriages. The question brought before the Court by the appeals court of Trento and the tribunal of Venice was whether provisions On March 30, 2010, the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, acting in its capacity as legal adviser to the French government, presented a report on the legal basis for a complete ban on the wearing On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of marriage in the new Civil Code. According to the law, On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Women's Labor Law extending the leave to which a parent is entitled after the birth of a child. The extension of the leave On March 15, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law authorizing the registration of spousal agreements. The law was designed to enable the portion of the population that does not belong to any recognized religion, It was reported on March 29, 2010, that the Ugandan Constitutional Court, in what appears to be a major blow to women's rights groups, rejected a petition for abolishing the traditional practice of bride price (dowry) On March 24, 2010, the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union, part of whose function is to draft proposals for new laws) (EC) made public a proposed regulation to simplify and clarify laws It was reported on March 8, 2010, that a legislative proposal on electronic registration of births, marriages, registered partnerships, and deaths, drafted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom On February 2, 2010, Jordan's Ministry of Justice, in pending legislation to amend the law on family matters, added a new provision on divorce via cell phones, the Internet, and email messages. The new provision authorizes... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401877_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Draft Legislation Supports Longer Paid Maternity Leave http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401841_text Families - On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with A report issued by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on September 24, 2013, found that in most of the countries of the world there are still legal barriers that block women's economic The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work The Government of Nigeria has adopted a draft policy to address the child labor issues that affect over six million children in the country. (Talatu Usman, Nigeria Adopts Draft National Policy on Child The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food The Diet, Japan's legislature, at the end of its regular session in late June 2013 passed legislation to revise the country's anti-domestic violence law and the anti-stalking control law. Before the revisions were adopted, there were On July 18, 2013, the High Court of Swaziland declared unconstitutional one element of the common law principle of marital power: a ban on married women instituting legal actions on their own behalf and without the On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR,), which provides principles and guidelines for public youth On July 1, 2013, a set of amendments to Ukrainian laws on retirement and other social benefits entered into legal force. (Law of Ukraine on Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Awarding On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock ("natural" children). The Law On May 16, 2013, Lesotho's High Court (Constitutional Division) upheld a provision in the Chieftainship Act giving the exclusive right to inherit the customary title of Chief to the firstborn male offspring, denying female children the On April 19, 2013, the Nigerian Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the principle of primogeniture under the Bini customary law of succession in which the eldest son is entitled to inherit the family's principal On April 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel held that the Rabbinical (Jewish religious) Court was authorized to order the incarceration of a Jewish husband who had refused to grant his wife a Get (a The Haifa Family Court recently rejected a lawsuit brought by a Moslem man for a declaratory judgment that would nullify his paternity of two minor children based on genetic testing he wished to perform. The children, On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, On March 28, 2013, Japan's Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication of a High Court that had imposed an administrative fine every time the divorced mother in a parental visitation rights case refused to cooperate with her In March 2013, Israel's Rabbinical Courts' Administration started posting photographs of and personal information about husbands who have disappeared without divorcing their wives. The public posting of this information on "runaway husbands," who are considered as On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman that is part of On January 25, 2013, Canada's Supreme Court determined by a five-to-four decision that common law couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. (Sung On January 25, 2013, Poland's legislature (the Seim) rejected three bills that, had they been adopted, would have given some legal rights to same-sex couples, as well On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on the nations of the world to eliminate female genital mutilation, a term used to refer to several different practices involving cutting of It was reported on November 29, 2012, that Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed law, adopted in 2008, that sought to amend the Constitution France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal gives such couples the rights usually assigned to marriage, as On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to inherit a family home despite customary law practices. The court On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment On September 14, 2012, the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women noted that more regulations that discriminate against women are being adopted throughout the country than are being repealed. The Commission is an independent, national On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. On July 10, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Capacity and Guardianship Law (Amendment No. 17) 5772-2012. The amendment authorizes courts to hear and make decisions on requests submitted by grandparents regarding contact with their On July 20, 2012, the 30-member Liberian Senate unanimously passed legislation aimed at amending the Domestic Relations Law to ban same-sex marriage. (J. Burgess Carter, Senate Passes 'No Same Sex Marriage' Bill, DAILY On July 16, 2012, in a landmark decision, the Family Court of Saudi Arabia approved a request for a divorce submitted by a Saudi woman because of her husband's smoking habit. In a complaint submitted to The city of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's West Java Province, is in the process of adopting an ordinance that would require Muslim women to wear headscarves. The rule would not apply to the approximately 1% of the Earlier this month, Burkina Faso announced a plan to offer legal and other types of support to persons accused of witchcraft and driven from their homes. The plan will go into effect between this year and On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about US$105,000) to his daughter as compensation for material and emotional A new regulation adopted by the European Parliament on March 15, 2012, establishes rules to settle inheritance disputes if someone dies and his/her heir raises questions about the estate in more than one Member State of Denmark's government announced a proposal on March 13, 2012, that would legalize same-sex marriages in the country, beginning on June 15 of this year. According to Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, legislation to permit gays and lesbians On March 15, 2012, Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione) determined that a gay couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but did have a "right to a On March 11, 2012, an Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Ahmed Adel, who had been accused of forcing a woman to undergo a virginity test. The charges in the case were public obscenity and disobeying military orders; On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. 11,340 de 7 de Agosto de 2006,PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which required that On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had been proposed in September, would proceed later in 2012. According On November 29, 2011, the upper house of Nigeria's National Assembly adopted the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, a proposal that aims to criminalize same-sex marriage. (Ademola Adebayo, Senate Outlaws Same Sex Marriage andhellip; Offenders The Dutch government announced on September 16, 2011, that it would propose legislation prohibiting the wearing in public of burqas and other face coverings. (Michael Haggerson, Netherlands to Propose Burqa Ban, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Sept. On October 10, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to present her report on violence against women world-wide. Rashida Manjoo urged the U.N. Member States to The Swedish Supreme Court, on July 5, 2011, decided that there is no basis for Swedish jurisdiction over a custody battle when the child's "habitual residence" is outside Sweden and the European Union. (Hgsta Domstolens The 109-member Nigerian Senate is considering a draft law, the Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, aimed at criminalizing same-sex marriage. The draft passed a second reading on September 27, 2011, and was sent to the Standing On September 29, 2011, the King of Saudi Arabia granted a reprieve to a female driver who had been sentenced by a Saudi court to the punishment of ten lashes. The court had found the woman The Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued its third interpretation on the application of the country's Marriage Law on August 9, 2011. Interpretation (III) took effect on August 13. (Wang On August 2, 2011, the Italian Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee approved a draft law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public. The ban includes the burqa, a full-body covering in a dark fabric that leaves On July 15, 2011, the family court in Tiberius, Israel, rendered an unprecedented judgment by rejecting a request to quash a husband's suit for compensation for pain and suffering caused by his wife's adultery. The case On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to obtain a marriage certificate after being allowed by the judiciary In a referendum held on June 19, 2011, Liechtenstein citizens indicated their support for a Civil Partnership Act (Partnerschaftsgesetz), with nearly 69% of voters in favor of the new law that grants members of same-sex unions On May 11, 2011, a new Council of Europe convention on protecting women against violence opened for signature in Istanbul, Turkey. The chief purpose of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic On April 4, 2011, the Haarlem district court ruled that a ban on headscarves imposed by Don Bosco high school, a Catholic institution in the town of Volendam, was legal. According to the court decision, the It was reported on March 31, 2011, that Kenya's Parliament is considering the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill, 2010, which criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Kapondi Authors Law to Criminalise Female On March 3, 2011, a circular implementing Law 2010-1192 on Prohibiting the Wearing of Clothing Concealing One's Face in Public Spaces was published in France's Official Gazette (Circulaire du 2 mars 2011 relative andagrave; la On March 8, 2011, the head of Indonesia's Ministry for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, Linda Agum Gumelar, announced at an event marking International Women's Day that a gender equality law is On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used On January 28, 2011, the French Constitutional Council found that the French Civil Code's provisions providing that marriage must be between a man and a woman are not in violation of the Constitution (Décision 2010-92 QPC The National Personnel Authority (NPA) of Japan amended its Guidelines on Expansion of Employment and Promotion of Female Government Employees (Guidelines) on January 14, 2011. (Concerning an Amendment of the Guidelines [in Japanese], NPA website (Jan. On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The It was reported on December 10, 2010, that violence against women is rising in the western part of Kenya. Between January of 2009 and June of 2010, the Children's Department in the area reported 300 cases Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, In October 2010, a family court in Egypt rejected the DNA results in a case concerning a parental relationship. The primary reason for rejecting the test results is that DNA testing does not adhere to Islamic In its decision number 2010-613 DC of October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council found the law prohibiting the wearing of clothing covering one's face in public spaces constitutional, with one reservation. (Decision no. 2010-613DC du Mali's Parliament is currently considering a watered-down version of the Family Code bill that it passed on August 2009 after Toumani Tour;, Mali's President, refused to give his assent to it in the face of political The High Court of Bangladesh issued an order on August 23, 2010, directing the government to ensure that women are not forced to wear the veil or other religious dress in educational institutions and public offices. Japan's Amended Child Rearing Allowance Law (Law No. 40 of 2010) became effective on August 1, 2010. Now, single-father households may receive the same allowance from the government accorded to single-mother households. The Child Rearing Allowance On July 21, 2010, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC, Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued a decision that strengthened the rights of fathers of out-of-wedlock children (Docket No. 1 BvR 420/09 (July 21, 2010), available at http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/entscheidungen/rs20100721_1bvr042009.html). The decision On August 12, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the state to consider the addition of at least one woman to the Turkel Committee. The Committee, headed by retired Justice Jacob Turkel, was appointed by In a decision rendered on August 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected petitions submitted by two Israeli men to order the Minister of Interior to register them as fathers of children born to