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Global Legal Monitor: August Highlights

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Our top most viewed Global Legal Monitor articles in August covered seven different legal areas: Communications and Electronic Information; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Foreign Investment; Immigration; Labor; and Nationality and Citizenship.  Here is a list of these articles in the order of their popularity:

  1. Japan: Stricter Sentences for Sex Offenders  
  2. South Korea: Permanent Dual Nationality Allowed after 60 Years
  3. China: Maternity Leave Extended from 90 Days to 98 Days
  4. Somalia: New Constitution Approved
  5. France: Law on Immigration, Integration and Nationality
  6. U.N. Human Rights Council: First Resolution on Internet Free Speech
  7. Turkey: New Minimum Wage
  8. China: Amendment of Criminal Procedure Law
  9. China: Revision of Catalog of Industries for Foreign Investment
  10. Germany: Regional Court Ruling Criminalizes Circumcision of Young Boys

The Global Legal Monitor published a total of 50 articles in August on various interesting legal developments in jurisdictions around the globe.  They included: an article on a proposal in Denmark to outlaw prostitution; an article describing a proposed legislation in Uruguay aimed at decriminalizing marijuana; and an article discussing a proposal in New Zealand to recognize gay marriage.

You can read more Global Legal Monitor articles by visiting the Law Library website, signing-up for email alerts or RSS feeds.  If you’re on Twitter, you can access GLM articles through tweets via @lawlibcongress and tweets from Law library staff.


  1. Believe it’s wrong to criminalize circumcising young boys. It’s biblical and a matter of honoring God’s commands. It’s actually supposed to be done on the eighth day I believe, according to scripture. The bible has examples of men being circumcised as young boys, however, and appeasing the wrath of God (Moses’ own sons).

    This is an affront to all that’s sacred to some who seek to follow biblical guidelines, and to God who commands that Jewish boys be circumcised. Please speak out to the authorities about this ruling and have them act on biblical principles. Thank you. Susan Fisher

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