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Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreement to Collaborate on Human Trafficking

(Sept. 30, 2014) In September 2014, attorneys general from Mexico, the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras met in Mexico City to discuss strategies aimed at improving safety throughout Central America, in order to tackle the circumstances that contribute to the flow of migrant children who have been arriving at the United States southwest […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Product Safety

(Sept. 25, 2014) In August 2014, it was announced that Mexico’s Federal Consumer Protection Agency (known as PROFECO) and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at reducing, through the exchange of information and cooperative activities, the risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. (Press […]

Canada; Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreement on Unaccompanied Children

(July 8, 2014) In June 2014, authorities from Mexico, the United States, Canada, and the Central American countries met in Nicaragua for the XIX Vice-Ministerial Meeting of the Regional Conference on Migration (a multilateral forum on international immigration) and announced that they had reached an agreement (the Managua Extraordinary Declaration) on a number of measures […]

Mexico; United States: Agreements on Counter Proliferation and Customs and Border Security Matters

(July 8, 2014) Authorities from the United States and Mexico recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow these two countries to work together in the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and related technologies and goods. (Press Release, Embassy of the United States in Mexico, U.S. Embassy and […]

United States: Appellate Court Rules Alien Tort Statute Provides Federal Jurisdiction over Claims Arising from Injuries Inflicted Abroad

(July 7, 2014) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred outside the United States, if the claims sufficiently “touch and concern” United States territory. (Al Shimari […]

Canada; Mexico; United States: Agreement on Health Emergencies

(July 2, 2014) Health authorities from Mexico, the United States, and Canada recently announced that they have reached an agreement on a Declaration of Intent that sets forth guidelines and principles concerning how these countries will exchange public information during health emergencies of common interest. (Press Release, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), […]

United States: Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Foreign Governments’ Immunity to Discovery

(June 26, 2014) The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA) does not grant immunity to foreign governments from discovery proceedings in litigation over the execution of judgments. (Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, Ltd., No. 12-842 (June 16, 2014), Supreme Court website.) In 2001, the petitioner, […]

United States: Supreme Court Rules Local Crimes Not Covered by Statute Implementing Chemical Weapons Convention

(June 12, 2014) The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. implementing statute for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) does not apply to local crimes. (Bond v. United States, No. 12-158, (June 2, 2014), Supreme Court website.) The United States is a party to the CWC (Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, […]

United States: Florida Act on Education Data Privacy

(May 29, 2014) On May 12, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved “An Act Relating to Education Data Privacy,” which prohibits public schools from collecting, obtaining, or retaining information on the political affiliation, voting history, religious affiliation, or biometric information of a student or a parent or sibling of a student. (Ch. 2014-41, LAWS OF […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement to Establish Joint Anti-Money Laundering Body

(Apr. 4, 2014) In March 2014, attorney generals from California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico signed a letter of intent aimed at establishing a binational anti-money laundering working group with Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission. (Press Release, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, U.S. State Attorneys General Sign Anti-Money Laundering Cooperation Agreement with Mexico […]