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Canada: Quebec’s Government Introduces Bill to Deny Public Services to Women Wearing the Veil

(May 21, 2010) On March 24, 2010, Quebec's Minister of Justice introduced a bill to create an Act to Establish Guidelines Governing Accommodation Requests Within the Administration and Certain Institutions. Although the bill does not specifically mention the practice, it is widely understood to be aimed at the wearing of a niqab, a scarf that […]

Ireland: New Arbitration Act

(May 21, 2010) With the intention of modernizing its existing law and capitalizing on its great popularity with both business and recreational visitors, Ireland has enacted a new Arbitration Act that will go into force on June 8, 2010. (No.1/2010 (Ir.), http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2010/en/act/pub/0001/index.html (last visited May 18, 2010).) The new law incorporates both the 1958 New […]

Ireland: New Law to Promote Safety in Offshore Drilling

(Apr. 22, 2010) Ireland's Parliament (the Oireachtas) has recently enacted a new Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act, Act 4/2010 (Ir.). The Act has not yet been published in the Irish Statute Book (it would have been available through the online version of the Statute Book, at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2010/acts.htm (last visited Apr. 20, 2010)), but the […]

Jamaica: Prime Minister Refers Extradition Case to Courts

(Apr. 19, 2010) In an apparent attempt to diffuse a bitter dispute with the United States over an extradition request presented by U.S. officials, Prime Minister Bruce Golding of Jamaica has asked the courts to review his actions in the case. The subject of the request is Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who is an alleged “drug […]

Canada: Government Proposes to Set Term-Limits for Senators

(Apr. 8, 2010) The Government of Canada has recently introduced a bill that would limit persons appointed to the Senate after its enforcement date to one term of eight years. (An Act to Amend the Constitution Act (Senate Term Limits, Bill C-10, 40th Parl. 3d Sess., http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=40&Ses=3&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-10_1 (last visited Apr. 7, 2010).) In introducing this […]

Ireland: Only Conviction in Omagh Bombing Overturned

(Mar. 26, 2010) On August 15, 1998, a bomb killed 29 persons in the Northern Irish town of Omagh, just north of the United Kingdom's border with the Republic of Ireland. A group known as the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the atrocity, but stated that its target was “commercial” and that it had not […]

Ireland: Government Creating Incineration Capacity and Tax

(Mar. 4, 2010) On February 9, 2010, the Government of Ireland issued a statement to confirm that it is proceeding with the waste management strategy contained in the 2007 Programme for Government and the 2009 Renewed Program for Government. The statement went on to indicate that the Government is drafting legislation to impose a levy […]

Trinidad and Tobago: New Property Tax

(Feb. 17, 2010) The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago has created a new property tax to replace what were commonly referred to as the “house rates” that had been collected under the authority of the Municipal Corporations Act (Trin. and Tob. Rev. Laws, Ch. 25:04 (2006), as amended). The new tax went into effect at […]

Canada: Supreme Court Rules in Guantanamo Detainee Case

(Feb. 3, 2010) On January 29, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision in the case of a Canadian citizen being held by U.S. authorities in Guantanamo Bay. The Court ruled unanimously that the detainee, Omar Khadr, was entitled to a declaration that his rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms […]

Aruba; Belize: Advisories on Online Gaming

(Jan. 14, 2010) Belize's Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry, and Consumer Protection recently issued an advisory to warn that it has discovered that a number of online gaming companies are claiming that they hold online gaming licenses, but that the only two companies that are actually officially licensed to operate from the country are […]