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Netherlands: New Rules Pending for E-Bikers

(Apr. 12, 2016) It was reported on March 25, 2016, that fast electric bikes, that is, ones capable of going up to 45 kph, (about 28 mph) will be treated as mopeds in the Netherlands as of 2017, to conform to European Union regulations on the devices. (E-Bike Users May Have to Wear Helmets, Cabinet […]

Netherlands: Municipalities May Deploy Flexible Cameras for Surveillance

(Apr. 11, 2016) On March 22, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that gives municipalities in the Netherlands more options in using cameras for surveillance purposes (i.e., CCTV). Instead of relying only on cameras in previously agreed upon, fixed locations, the authorities will be able to deploy cameras flexibly to handle […]

Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]

Netherlands: Possibilities for Revocation of Citizenship to Be Expanded

(Mar. 18, 2016) On March 1, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that expands the grounds for revocation of Dutch citizenship under the Nationality Act of the Netherlands. (More Possibilities for Revoking Dutch Citizenship, GOVERNMENT.NL (Mar. 1, 2016).) Upon the adoption of the new grounds, the Minister of Security and Justice […]

Netherlands: Rotterdam District Court Poised to Handle All Dutch Shipping Disputes

(Mar. 18, 2016) The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands has drafted legislation, which has been approved by the Dutch Cabinet, to give the Rotterdam District Court exclusive jurisdiction in maritime cases. (Maritime Cases to Be Brought Before the Rotterdam District Court, GOVERNMENT.NL (Mar. 4, 2014); Concentration of Shipping Disputes at the Court of […]

Netherlands: Ministerial Letter Issued to New Asylum Seekers

(Mar. 14, 2016) On February 18, 2016, the State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, issued a letter to asylum seekers advising them that the total period within which the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will make a decision on requests for asylum by new asylum seekers will be extended to […]

Netherlands: First Cybersecurity Legislation Submitted to Lower House

(Feb. 22, 2016) On January 21, 2016, the Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, submitted draft legislation on cybersecurity, the first of its kind, to the Dutch House of Representatives for consultation. (First Legislative Bill on Cyber Security to the House of Representatives, GOVERNMENT.NL (Jan. 21, 2016).) The legislation introduces the obligation, […]

Netherlands: List of Safe Countries of Origin for Asylum Purposes Expanded

(Feb. 12, 2016) On February 9, 2016, the State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Klaas Dijkhoff, announced that he will add six jurisdictions to the country’s list of safe countries of origin; persons from countries on this list are deemed presumptively ineligible for asylum. The new additions are Ghana, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Mongolia, and Senegal, although Morocco […]

Netherlands: Special Tribunal for Alleged Kosovo War Crimes

(Jan. 27, 2016) The Government of the Netherlands announced on January 15, 2016, that it will establish a special court in The Hague to “try serious crimes allegedly committed in 1999-2000 by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army [KLA] against ethnic minorities and political opponents” in the aftermath of the Kosovo War of 1998-1999 between […]

Netherlands: New Regulation on Late-Term Abortions and Terminations of Lives of Neonates

(Jan. 15, 2016) The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Security and Justice have prepared a new regulation clarifying the due care criteria and medical and legal considerations to be taken into account in performing late-term abortions and the euthanasia of neonates experiencing unbearable suffering and who have no prospect of improvement. The new norm also provides […]