Swiss referendums, 2018
A referendum to give national law precedence over international law fails.
Swiss voters reject a proposal to scrap the television licence fee that provides the majority of funding for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Swiss voters also approve the right of the federal government to levy VAT and direct federal tax until 2025.
Pope Francis takes "de facto" control of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (the entity retains sovereignty under international law), forcing its leader Prince and Grand Master Matthew Festing to resign.
In a Peking University speech in Beijing, US Pacific Command commander, Admiral Harry Harris, says the U.S. Navy’s freedom-of-navigation patrols in the South China Sea are routine operations intended to demonstrate respect for international law principles. Harris reiterated they should not be construed as a threat to any country while emphasizing America's common ground with China.
The United Nations says that the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay is a violation of international law.
A South African court rules that the country is obliged under international law to investigate human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.