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Argentina: Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

(Mar. 16, 2012) On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina rendered a decision in the case of an abortion performed on a 15-year-old adolescent, who became pregnant after being abused by her stepfather. (Fallo 259, CSJN [Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación] (Mar. 13, 2012), FSAL [the petitioner] s. /Medida Autosatisfactiva). In […]

Argentina: Bill Penalizes “Grooming” of Minors on the Internet

(Feb. 8, 2012) On November 2, 2011, the Senate of Argentina approved and sent to the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies) for further debate a bill that penalizes contact with minors through the Internet for sexual purposes, also known as “grooming” of children through the Internet. (Gustavo Ybarra, El Senado Tipificó como Delito el […]

Argentina: Draft Legislation on Limitation of Farmland Ownership by Foreigners

(Sept. 28, 2011) President Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina has submitted draft legislation to that country's Congress that would limit land ownership by foreigners. (Protección al Dominio Nacional Sobre la Propiedad, Posesión o Tenencia de lasTierras Rurales [Law for the Protection of the National Ownership, Possession and Holdings of Rural Land] (hereinafter draft LT), Proyecto […]

Argentina: Criminal Code Amended to Include Money Laundering

(July 20, 2011) On June 17, 2011, the legislature of Argentina passed Law 26683 to amend the Criminal Code in order to update the criminal treatment of money laundering (BOLETIN OFICIAL (June 21, 2011) (official site)). The new Law was adopted in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body […]

Argentina; Chile: Integration Treaty Enters into Force

(Feb. 18, 2010) The Treaty of Maipú for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two countries on October 30, 2009, and entered into force on January 22, 2010. The purpose of […]

Argentina: Emergency Decrees on President of the Central Bank, Payment of External Debt

(Jan. 27, 2010) On December 14, 2009, Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner issued an emergency Decree (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia [Emergency Decree or DNU]2010/2009, BOLETIN OFICIAL (B.O.), Dec. 15, 2009, available at creating the Fondo del Bicentenario para el Desendeudamiento y la Estabilidad (Bicentennial Fund for the Non-Indebtedness and Stability, FBDE). The action was […]

Argentina: Law Decriminalizing Libel and Slander Passed

(Dec. 7, 2009) Argentina adopted Law 26551 on November 18, 2009 (BOLETIN OFICIAL, Nov. 26, 2009, available at; it amends the Criminal Code, eliminating the criminal sanctions for libel and slander for cases concerning matters of public interest, replacing the sanctions with fines. The Law was adopted after a 2008 decision by the Inter-American […]

Argentina: Law Amending Code of Criminal Procedure to Allow Compulsory DNA Extraction

(Dec. 7, 2009) On November 18, 2009, Argentina's Congress passed Law 26549, which adds a provision to the Code of Criminal Procedure to allow the courts to order the compulsory extraction of DNA to determine an individual's identity. (Ley 26.549, Boletin Oficial, Nov. 26, 2009, available at The Law is mostly aimed at identifying […]

Argentina: New Media Law

(Nov. 23, 2009) On October 10, 2009, Argentina's Congress adopted a new Law on Audio-Visual Communications, also called the Media Law. (Law 26522, Oct. 10, 2009, InfoLEG, available at The law passed with a 44-24 vote in the Senate. The law sets limits on the number of broadcast licenses that a company may own. […]

Argentina: Congress Debates Bill on Gay Marriage

(Nov. 6, 2009) On October 29, 2009, Argentina's Congress started formally debating two bills that would amend the current Civil Code to allow same-sex marriage. The bills are supported by the Kirchner administration and center-left forces in Congress and opposed by the conservatives, provincial political parties, and the Catholic Church. The Cámara de Diputados (Chamber […]