World Health Organization: New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response

World Health Organization: New COVID-19 Law Lab to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response. “Launching today, the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human rights standards.”

Jerusalem Post: New website acts as database of coronavirus rules in 84 countries

Jerusalem Post: New website acts as database of coronavirus rules in 84 countries. “Developed by David Tabznikov, an Israeli ‘digital nomad’ currently based in Serbia, the website will allow users to see the policies of each country; whether its borders are fully or partially open, and if mandatory self-isolation rule is required as well as where that self-isolation should take place. In addition, municipal or regional restrictions within countries can also examined by users, which may include the status of public transportation in the area and police roadblocks.”

Phys .org: Most laws ignore human-wildlife conflict—this makes us vulnerable to pandemics

Phys .org: Most laws ignore human-wildlife conflict—this makes us vulnerable to pandemics. “The current available evidence indicates COVID-19 was first transmitted in a wildlife market in Wuhan. The disease likely originated in pangolins, bats, or a combination of both and was then transmitted to humans. While various commentators have blamed pangolins, bats, or even our lack of ‘mastery’ of wildlife, the real cause of this pandemic goes deeper—into the laws, cultures and institutions of most countries.”

Phys .org: Updated legal maps show marginal change in U.S. state fair housing laws

Phys .org: Updated legal maps show marginal change in U.S. state fair housing laws. “Two updated datasets published to LawAtlas.org today show minimal change in state fair housing laws and city nuisance property ordinances since 2017, in spite of the continued housing crisis in the United States.”

New Haven Register: Bills more likely to pass at end of session, data show

New Haven Register: Bills more likely to pass at end of session, data show. “Just 21% of the acts introduced in January 2019 and 18% of the acts introduced in February became law. In contrast, lawmakers enacted 72% of the legislation introduced in June, showing the chances of successfully passing a bill rises dramatically as the session nears its conclusion, The Boston Globe reported.” I just thought it was interesting was all.

Ars Technica: Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”

Ars Technica: Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”. “The courts have long held that laws can’t be copyrighted. But if the state mixes the text of the law together with supporting information, things get trickier. In Monday oral arguments, the US Supreme Court wrestled with the copyright status of Georgia’s official legal code, which includes annotations written by LexisNexis.”

TechCrunch: Can the law be copyrighted?

TechCrunch: Can the law be copyrighted? . “UpCodes wants to fix one of the building industry’s biggest headaches by streamlining code compliance. But the Y Combinator-backed startup now faces a copyright lawsuit filed against it by the International Code Council, the nonprofit organization that develops the code used or adopted in building regulations by all 50 states.”

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles . “With the goal of increasing child safety, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have released a new study about child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles. They have also published a corresponding website to help educate the public on various child restraint guidelines across the country.”

Pakistan Today: Punjab govt launches first online database of laws in Pakistan

Pakistan Today: Punjab govt launches first online database of laws in Pakistan. “In a commendable move, the Punjab government has launched the first online database of laws in Pakistan which is accessible to all the internet users. The database, which is available on the official website of the Punjab Assembly, features all the laws of Punjab. In total, the online database features a total of 570 laws passed by the Punjab government since 1860, the details of which are also accessible to the users.”

Jerusalem Post: Access To Israeli Laws Is Now Available To The Public, Online And Free

Jerusalem Post: Access To Israeli Laws Is Now Available To The Public, Online And Free. “Access to the Israeli law texts is now freely available online in a national legislation repository. The National Legislation Database in the Knesset was originally created in December 2014 and contains about 1,500 Israeli laws, of which roughly 970 remain in effect. The Knesset’s website will also provide open access to the updated and comprehensive version of the laws in accordance with an agreement signed in April, according to a press release. Data from the British Mandate orders are still in process of being completed.”

Reuters: Britain to tackle ‘Wild West’ internet with new laws

Reuters: Britain to tackle ‘Wild West’ internet with new laws. “Britain will tackle ‘the Wild West elements’ on the internet from cyberbullying to online child exploitation by introducing new laws for social media companies, digital minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.”

Duke University: Blocher and Miller compile comprehensive historical gun law database

Duke University: Blocher and Miller compile comprehensive historical gun law database. “Professors Joseph Blocher and Darrell Miller have spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive database of historic gun laws for use as a research tool for scholars, litigators, journalists, and others interested in current debates surrounding firearms regulation and the Second Amendment. The searchable Repository of Historical Gun Laws compiles English statutes from the Middle Ages through 1776 and those in the United States from the Colonial era to the middle of the 20th century. To date, it includes 1,514 regulations, searchable by subject area, date range, and jurisdiction.”

Thompson Reuters: Digital girls database to unlock “invisible” discrimination

Thompson Reuters: Digital girls database to unlock “invisible” discrimination. “Researchers are closer to understanding the ‘invisible’ lives of millions of girls – why they flunk school or marry young – with the launch on Wednesday of a digital database tracking girls’ rights around the globe. The database will log policy documents on issues from health to marriage to education, a children’s aid agency said, with the hope that greater scrutiny will improve their life chances.”