Legislative Reform

China: controversial cybersecurity law is approved

On 7 November 2016, China approved a controversial cybersecurity law. The proclaimed aim of the new law is to protect Internet users and minimize fraud. Several human rights watchdogs have notably spoken out against the law, expressing important concerns. In... read more

US: Congress overrides Obama’s veto on JASTA

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama blocked the bill (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)) allowing victims of 9/11 and their relatives to sue the Government of Saudi Arabia over its alleged involvement in the terrorist attack. See our previous... read more

Germany: Bundestag adopts new sexual assault Law

The German Bundestag has adopted the a new criminal law regarding sexual assault at the beginning of the month . Accordingly, a sexual act will in the future also be considered as a rape if the victim does not actively defend itself. A crime is therefore also deemed... read more

Italy: recognition of same-sex civil unions

Italy’s parliament has backed same-sex civil unions in a vote of confidence on 11 may 2016 for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Until this vote, Italy had been the last major Western democracy not to legally recognise gay partnerships. Recognition of same-sex... read more