Source: US Global Legal Monitor
In recent months we have witnessed major changes in many areas, particularly following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Law Library of Congress Legal Research Institute’s Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series, we will be presenting a webinar on global developments in election and campaign finance laws, both before and during the pandemic. Statutory and judicial developments will be discussed in the context of relevant historical and geopolitical circumstances in selected countries, including: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Georgia, Germany, France, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
While some developments regarding elections and electoral processes reflect the impact of COVID-19 on electoral systems, others may be seen in the context of specific challenges in the countries surveyed, not necessarily related to the pandemic. Among topics that will be discussed in the webinar are: legislation affecting government structure and its impact on electoral systems; efforts to increase voting access; regulation of eligibility for and term of office; different approaches to gender representation in the electoral process; limits to campaign advertising; regulation of campaign finance; election monitoring; penalties for election related violations; and the impact of the pandemic on election scheduling.
The webinar will be presented by senior foreign law specialist Ruth Levush. Ruth holds a Master of Comparative Law (American Practice) from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Tel Aviv University Law School. Ruth practiced law in Israel and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.