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Global Legal Monitor: March Highlights

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Our list of the ten most popular Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles in March resembles that of February.   Articles that appeared in the top ten list in February and March include those on Belarus, South Korea, Turkey, Hong Kong, Denmark, the United States (on a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling relating to eyewitness identifications), and Italy (on adoption of renewable energy legislation).  Below is the complete list of GLM articles most viewed in March in the order of their popularity:

  1. Belarus: Browsing Foreign Websites a Misdemeanor
  2. South Korea: Permanent Dual Nationality Allowed after 60 Years
  3. Turkey: New Minimum Wage
  4. Hong Kong: Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect
  5. United States: Court Rules Fair Housing Act Protects Condominium Residents from Religious Discrimination
  6. United States: New Jersey Supreme Court Revises Test for Admissibility of Eyewitness Identifications
  7. Council of Europe / United Nations: Organ Trafficking Treaty Proposed
  8. Italy: Gay Family Rights Ruling
  9. Denmark: Retirement Age Raised
  10. Italy: Renewable Energy Law Adopted

Three articles are in the top ten list for the first time.  One of these articles describes the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit‘s 2009 ruling in which the Court found that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) (42 U.S.C 45) prohibits religious discrimination of people that purchase a home both at the time of purchase and afterwards.  A second article focuses on a 2009 United Nations and Council of Europe joint study on human organ trafficking, which makes a case for a new multinational treaty on the issue to protect victims and effectively prosecute offenders.  In fact, on March 16, 2012, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Trafficking in Human Organ’s Tissue and Cells released a preliminary draft criminal law convention against trafficking in human organs.  The third article discusses a March 2012 Italian Supreme Court ruling in which it held that while Italy does not recognize a homosexual couple’s marriage contract concluded outside of the country as valid, the couple maintained the “right to a family life.”

In March 2012, fifty-six articles were published in the Global Legal Monitor.  Out of these, I found some particularly interesting despite the fact they did not make the cut to be in the top ten list.  For instance, an article on the Canadian Supreme Court‘s recent ruling that judges must take into consideration the history of oppression during sentencing of aboriginal offenders was an interesting read.  Another noteworthy article discussed a measure in Denmark seeking to impose taxes on sugar to discourage over-consumption.  An article discussing recent draft legislation in Sweden aimed at criminalizing the use of smart phones to snap compromising photos of individuals without consent was also interesting.

Please tell us which of the GLM articles you find interesting.

The Global Legal Monitor provides summaries of legal news and developments from around the world and it is updated frequently.  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.


  1. Denmark gives a retiring age
    This news was interested.
    World War II is over,
    I think that it is an article proving that a baby boom happened all over the world.
    By aging and medical expenses increase,
    The working person wants you to work
    In the world countries, it is given such a response.
    I felt it in this way.

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