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The latest legal, business and human rights news and analysis from the IBA:

money laundering

Anti-money laundering: banking scandals prompt rethink of EU regime

russia justice

US Presidency: National Security Adviser launches vehement attack on the ICC

russia justice

Russian stalemate with Council of Europe threatens access to justice

rule of law

Hungary and Poland challenged over breaches of the rule of law

contacless payment

Digital finance: shift towards ‘cashless society’ raises legal and policy questions

Carmen Lucia

Brazil’s judiciary moves to address gender gap

Marina Silva

Latin America: Push for greater female representation and legal reform ahead of Brazilian election

pride flag

India: Supreme Court decriminalises gay sex

fake news

Dangerous new developments drive government action to counter fake news

copyright

Sexual offence laws: #MeToo movement drives new consent-based definitions

copyright

Climate change: energy companies face $25tn risk from carbon bubble

copyright

Cambodia: Election landslide criticised as setback for democracy

copyright

Climate partnerships bolster Paris Agreement despite US withdrawal

copyright

European Parliament rejects copyright reform in ongoing row between content creators and internet platforms

EU

Migration crisis: European Parliament moves to prevent criminalisation of those supporting migrants

justice

America’s legal aid crisis: a longer bridge for the access to justice gap

WTO

International trade: fears grow for the future of the WTO as US changes tack on trade

UK divorce

Law reform: UK divorce regime ‘very troubling’ and lagging behind many jurisdictions

WTO

Turkey: Erdogan tightens grip on rule heightening concerns over authoritarianism

AT&T

Technology and antitrust: US government bids to block AT&T and Time Warner’s $80bn merger

Saudi woman driver

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on driving for women after lengthy campaign

Cambodia

Cambodia: confusion and fear as voters head to the polls

Supreme Court

US Supreme Court: replacement of swing voter Kennedy shifts balance for a generation

Cybercrime

Cybercrime: London plans major new court for ‘issues of the future’

smart cities

India’s ambitious ‘Smart Cities Mission’ embraces one hundred participating cities

UK EU flags

Brexit: future rights of UK citizens in the European Union

Poland EU flags

Poland: European Commission combats threats to judicial independence to protect core values

Mexico - pro Morena

Mexico: major challenges for president-elect include corruption, violence and poverty

Brexit

Brexit: UK introduces new sanctions regime amidst heightened diplomatic tensions

Latin America

Latin America: Glimmers of progress amidst fears of backsliding on reproductive rights

Gina Haspel

Appointment of Haspel as CIA Director re-ignites debate over use of torture

Guantanamo

Guantanamo detainees face ‘perpetual detention disconnected from legitimate purpose'

Gender Pay Gap

Gender pay gap: UK publishes data for the first time

Irish Referendum - Vote Yes

Irish abortion referendum: result prompts liberalisation of one of the strictest laws in the world

whistleblower

Whistleblowing: new proposals to strengthen legal safeguards across Europe

climate change

Climate change: non-state actors step in where governments refuse to go

Kim Jong Un

Nuclear diplomacy: US abandons Iran deal while making history with North Korea summit

Cambodia bank note

Cambodia: first charges under controversial royal insult law

Moscow

Russian corruption: growing calls for tougher sanctions to combat ‘dirty’ money

social media

Latin America: Social media and fake news loom large in election super-cycle

syria

From the archives: Syria - a renewed focus

dreamers

Immigration: what happens to a Dreamer deferred?

facebook

US election and Brexit: Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and electoral law concerns

WhatsApp

Data privacy scandals could be ‘Snowden moment’ for business

immigration center

Migration crisis: UK detention policies lag behind EU neighbours

running track

IOC lifts Russia ban but compliance questions remain

Corn fields

Global food trade: new merger prompts warnings of market dominance

Brexit protestors

Comment and analysis: Brexit’s ‘red lines’ cross Northern Ireland’s border

women in legal practice event

Law firms call for sponsorship to boost female career progression

Drago Kos

Gun control: A glimmer of hope emerges from the 'Gunshine State'

cranes in Bahrain

Gulf countries urged to improve labour standards

Drago Kos

Fighting corruption remains a low priority for the EU

Trump

President Trump and the spies who didn’t love me

Trump

Focus on America: Prosecutorial independence and the ‘absolute right’ of Presidents

inequality

Brexit: the threat to LGBTI rights in the UK

inequality

Gender inequality strikes a chord at Davos

data leak

Davos pushes for cyber security agenda at the C-Suite

Laura Kovesi

Romania: Corruption contagion deepens as DNA under threat

Cambodia Flag

Journalists in Cambodia face espionage charges amid political crackdown

Fintech

EU regulators seek to shape the future of Fintech

Dubai Tech

Dubai moves to disrupt legal culture with future courts

graph finance

Finance: Europe-wide ‘revolution in regulatory framework’ introduces greater transparency

Myanmar

Stronger legal frameworks needed to address sexual violence in conflict

Hijab

Different playbook for Muslim women in western media, study confirms

UN HQ NYC

UN climate talks: challenging agenda ahead

glass ceiling

The US Presidency: a chilly climate for protest

glass ceiling

Diversity in the legal profession: law firm policies ‘found to be wanting’

EPA

US presidency: Can the green rollback be rolled back?

Brexit

The future of Europe: rule of law must not be compromised in Brexit Bill

Mueller

Mueller’s Russia investigation: the question of presidential pardons

Cambodia

Verdict sparks renewed criticism for Cambodian courts

blockchain

Future of the legal profession: AI, blockchain and the rule of law

refugees

The refugee crisis: Desperation on the Greek islands - 'There are children everywhere'

AI-finance

Regulators anxious about the role of AI in global finance

Saudi Arabia

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown targets business tycoons