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Global Legal Monitor: April Highlights

Our ten most popular Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles for April covered various jurisdictions and a wide range of legal issues: citizenship and immigration; the Internet and access to informationlabor and employment; elections; and criminal justice.

Here is the list of GLM articles most viewed in April in the order of their popularity:

  1. South Korea: Permanent Dual Nationality Allowed after 60 Years
  2. Turkey: New Minimum Wage
  3. Belarus: Browsing Foreign Websites a Misdemeanor
  4. France: Law on Digital Exploitation of Unavailable Books
  5. Hong Kong: Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect
  6. France: Law on Immigration, Integration and Nationality
  7. Denmark: Retirement Age Raised
  8. Mongolia: Election Law Amended, New Election System Adopted
  9. Council of Europe / United Nations: Organ Trafficking Treaty Proposed
  10. China: Amendment of Criminal Procedure Law

While most of the articles on the list are appearing for the second or third time, those on China, Mongolia and France (No. 4) are new to the top ten list.

The article on China discusses recent amendments made to the country’s Criminal Procedure Law.  Amendments included expanding the provisions of the Law that relate to residential surveillance and strengthening rules of evidence through the introduction of an exclusionary rule.  The new rule renders inadmissible evidence obtained via illegal means, including torture and intimidation.

The article on Mongolia focuses on a newly adopted amendment to the country’s election law.  This law changed the election process for parliamentary seats from  “a majoritarian one, under which individual candidates were elected by a majority vote, to a ‘mixed member proportional system.'”

Finally, the article on France describes a recently adopted law aimed at establishing a database through which unavailable books (books published before 2001 and not currently available in the market in print or digital form) will be made accessible to the public free of charge.  This law allows any individual to petition for any such book to be put in a register of sorts, and if no objection is raised by the person/s who hold the rights to the book within six months, the authority in charge of managing the program would grant limited rights for its publication.

The Global Legal Monitor published a total of 60 articles in April on a wide range of interesting legal issues.  Since they could not all fit in the top ten list I thought I would highlight several articles that I found particularly interesting:

  • An article on a new regulation in Denmark requiring owners of air guns to purchase gun licenses or join hunting clubs;
  • An article describing recent Kenyan court decision ordering the country’s Parliament to review a recent law that may adversely affect the importation and distribution of generic medicine;
  • An article discussing a soon to be implemented Trinidad and Tobago law which, among other things, prohibits the importation and breeding of “dangerous dogs” (including pitbull terriers, Fila Brasileiros, and Japanese Tosas); and
  • An article on changes made to Moldova‘s Parliament Rules of Internal Procedure to penalize legislators that miss Parliament plenary sessions or committee meetings.

This is a good opportunity to catch up on interesting GLM articles you may have missed last month.  You can read more GLM articles by visiting the Law Library website or by simply signing up for email alerts or RSS feeds.  If you’re on Twitter, you can access some GLM articles through tweets via @LawLibCongress and #GlobalLegalMonitor.

Which GLM articles do you find interesting?

 

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