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Netherlands: Referendum to Be Held on Surveillance Law

(Nov. 17, 2017) On November 1, 2017, the Electoral Council (Kiesraad) of the Netherlands publicly announced that, based on the more than 384,000 valid signatures received requesting it, a referendum on the Act on Intelligence and Security Services will be held within six months. (Press Release, Referendum over Wiv gaat door [Referendum on Wiv Coming Along], Kiesraad […]

Netherlands: Draft Law on New International Commercial Court

(Aug. 11, 2017) On July 18, 2017, Stef Blok, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, submitted draft legislation to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) on the establishment of a new commercial court that would have the authority to render judgments in English on complex international trade disputes involving the Netherlands. (Legislative […]

Netherlands: Harsher Punishments for Serious Traffic Offenses

(Aug. 11, 2017) On July 20, 2017, the Minister of Security and Justice (MSJ) of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, submitted a policy brief to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) as the basis for legislation to increase the maximum penalty for serious traffic-related offenses under the Road Traffic Act. (Minister Blok gaat strafmaat ernstige […]

Netherlands: Enhanced Police Powers for Missing Person Investigations

(July 28, 2017) On July 19, 2017, consultation via the Internet opened for draft legislation that would speed up missing person investigations by giving Dutch police enhanced powers to request information pertaining to the whereabouts of such persons. The information the police might be able to solicit includes mobile phone and debit card usage, records […]

Netherlands: Two New Laws and Decree on Right of Access to a Lawyer

(July 7, 2017) On March 1, 2017, two new laws and a decree, all related to the right of access to a lawyer before and during police questioning of a suspect, entered into force in the Netherlands. (Legislation Access Lawyer During Police Questioning in Force, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Feb. 27, 2017).) A […]

Netherlands: Mandatory Digital Litigation Extended to Asylum and Detention Cases

(June 15, 2017) According to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, beginning on June 12, 2017, a new system of simplified, digital litigation will be used for all asylum and detention cases handled by all courts in the Netherlands and, as of September 1, the new system will be required for claims cases requiring legal representation […]

Netherlands: Legislation to Allow More Testing of Driverless Vehicles

(Mar. 29, 2017) On February 24, 2017, the Dutch Cabinet approved a bill that removes legal restrictions and makes it possible for manufacturers to carry out much more extensive testing of self-driving vehicles, without the physical presence of the driver in the vehicle. (Self-Driving Vehicles to Hit the Roads, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment […]

Netherlands: Three New Laws Adopted to Further Counterterrorism Efforts

(Mar. 14, 2017) On February 7, 2017, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted three laws related to combatting terrorism as part of the fulfillment of the country’s Integral Approach Jihadism Action Programme. The program’s aim “is to protect democracy based on the rule of law, to combat and weaken the jihadist movement in the Netherlands, […]

Netherlands: New Offense Tailored to Police Officers’ Use of Force

(Jan. 13, 2017) The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament is considering legislation that addresses the special position of investigating officers in criminal law. (Bill Sent to House of Representatives: Special Position of Investigating Officers in Criminal Law, Ministry of Security and Justice website (Dec. 23, 2016).) Under the draft legislation, “[p]olice […]

Netherlands: Safe Countries of Origin List Expanded

(Oct. 27, 2016) The Dutch Minister for Migration, Klaas Dijkhoff, has expanded the list of countries deemed by the Netherlands to be “safe countries of origin,” to include Algeria, Georgia, the Ukraine and Tunisia, according to an October 11, 2016 announcement. (Minister for Migration Further Expands List of Safe Countries, Ministry of Security and Justice […]