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Global Legal Monitor: December and January Highlights

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In December 2013 and January 2014, Global Legal Monitor (GLM) published a total of 72 articles covering various legal developments around the world. Here is a list of the top ten most viewed articles in the last two months:globephoto

  1. Indonesia: Universal Health Care Program Implemented
  2. Nigeria: Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward
  3. Norway: Bitcoins Are Capital Property, Not Currency, Says Norwegian Tax Authority
  4. Uganda: Parliament Approves Anti-Pornography Bill
  5. Kenya: Controversial Legislation on the Media Under Consideration
  6. China: Courts Required to Publish All Effective Opinions on One Website
  7. Kenya: Rejection of Bill Capping NGO Foreign Funding and Giving Spy Agency Broadened Surveillance Powers
  8. Japan: Severe Punishment for Drivers Who Have Seizures in Certain Traffic Accident Cases
  9. Georgia: New Visa and Migration Rules

One of the above listed GLM articles focused on how the virtual currency Bitcoin is regulated in Norway. If you are interested in finding out more about this issue you can read our report, Regulation of Bitcoin in Selected Jurisdictions, which covers recent legislation of Bitcoin in forty countries. For a short summary of the report, take a look at Kelly‘s recent post.

In addition to the articles listed as the “top ten” above, the GLM covered many other interesting issues. For instance, one article described a recent amendment to Denmark‘s Child Act, which made it possible for the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship to automatically become a co-mother of children born in the family, eliminating the need to go through adoption proceedings to establish the relationship. Another article discussed a recent measure in Japan allowing government employees to take up to three years of unpaid leave to accompany their spouses posted abroad by their employer. There was also an article explaining a recent South African law aimed at reducing youth unemployment, a major problem in Africa, by giving tax incentives to private sector employers that hire workers aged 18 to 29.

The Global Legal Monitor is updated almost daily and is easily accessible. You can read more GLM articles by going to the Law Library website.  You can also sign up to receive email alerts or subscribe to the RSS feeds.  In addition, some GLM articles are available through tweets via the Law Library twitter account, @lawlibcongress, or by searching the hashtag #GlobalLegalMonitor.

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