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Liechtenstein; United Kingdom: Agreement on Exchange of Tax Information

(Oct. 6, 2009) On August 11, 2009, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Tax Matters. The Agreement provides for the exchange of information in tax matters in a manner that is expected to live up to the standards of transparency called for […]

United Kingdom: Ruling Requires British Offshore Accounts Be Revealed

(Aug. 25, 2009) A recent ruling by the Special Commissioners, the tax courts of the United Kingdom, requires over 300 UK and foreign banks to disclose the details of 500,000 British taxpayers' accounts. The UK's tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), estimates that this may enable them to recover over £500 million (approximately US$800 […]

United Kingdom: New Supreme Court

(Aug. 18, 2009) The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial function of the House of Lords. The House of Lords will from here on have only […]

Ireland; United Kingdom: British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body Recommends Improved Police Cooperation

(July 13, 2009) The British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body (BIIPB) was formed in 1990 to address issues of bilateral concern. The body consists of Members of the Parliament in London, the Oireachtas in Dublin, the Assembly of Northern Ireland in Belfast, and the legislatures for Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man. (CURRENT MEMBERS of the British-Irish […]

United Kingdom: Anti-Terrorism Laws Successfully Challenged Again

(June 22, 2009) The British government's anti-terrorism legislative regime has been challenged numerous times in the courts and has once again recently been dealt a near fatal blow by the House of Lords. The United Kingdom introduced control orders in 2005 after the House of Lords declared that its previous preventive detention regime was incompatible […]

United Kingdom: Blogger Loses Battle in Right to Privacy

(June 19, 2009) In one of the first cases in the United Kingdom to test Internet confidentiality rights, a police blogger, known under the moniker “NightJack,” recently lost his bid to obtain an injunction to protect his anonymity. The NightJack blog was pushed to the forefront of public attention when it won the Orwell Prize […]

United Kingdom: MPs Expenses Scandal Prompting Constitutional Reforms

(June 2, 2009) The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom – monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties – has caused a political scandal and widespread dissatisfaction among the electorate. The fallout from the disclosure of these […]

Norway; United Kingdom: Economic Zones Agreement

(May 14, 2009) On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a fishery zone, the dividing line for the continental shelf as measured in 1965 has been used […]

Rwanda; United Kingdom: Extradition Disallowed by British Court

(Apr. 16, 2009) On April 7, 2009, the High Court of London refused to allow the extradition of four suspects – three former mayors in southern Rwanda (Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Celestin Ugirashebuja, and Charles Munyaneza) and one alleged militia leader (Vincent Bajinya) – wanted in Rwanda for crimes they allegedly committed in the 1994 genocide in […]

United Kingdom: Operation of the Defence Advisory Notice

(Apr. 16, 2009) The head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism division recently made a serious blunder when secret documents were inadvertently disclosed by him as he held a piece of paper showing the upcoming operation face up in a clear folder on his way to a meeting with the Prime Minister. Despite the paper only being […]