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Panama; United States: Agreements on Aviation Security

(Jan. 30, 2014) The United States and Panama signed two agreements in January 2014 aimed at providing a framework for cooperation on civil aviation security matters between the two countries. (Press Release, U.S. Embassy in Panama, The United States and Panama Expand Security Cooperation (Jan. 22, 2014).) These are the first two formal agreements between […]

Panama; United States: Agreement on Forfeited Funds

(Jan. 6, 2014) The United States and Panama signed an agreement in October 2013 under which they will share over $36 million in forfeited assets. (Press Release, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Cole and Panamanian Attorney General Belfon Sign Agreement to Share Forfeited Assets (Oct. 22, 2013).) The agreement was reached following […]

United States: Pennsylvania Moves Toward Rare Constitutional Change

(Dec. 31, 2013) On December 17, 2013, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved two bills that would amend article II, section 16 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania to reduce the membership of both houses of the state legislature, the General Assembly. (The Constitution of Pennsylvania, art. II, § 16,, Pennsylvania General Assembly website (last visited […]

India; United States: Arrest of Diplomat Affecting Bilateral Ties

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General in New York. Khobragade is accused of “making false statements and visa […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Mexican National Banking and Security Commission (CNBV) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for the exchange of information on money laundering and terrorism financing. (Mexico y EU Firman Acuerdo Sobre Lavado de Dinero, EL UNIVERSAL (Oct. 30, 2013).) The CNBV stated that the main […]

Dominican Republic; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit

(Nov. 1, 2013) On September 26, 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Customs Authority (DRCA) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in Santo Domingo, in order to share information and improve detection of commercial fraud and money laundering […]

Switzerland; United States: Agreement on Tax Dispute

(Oct. 17, 2013) Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having assisted U.S. taxpayers in the commission of tax evasion. (Press Release, Swiss Federal Department of Finance, […]

Philippines; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit

(July 9, 2013) On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in <?Manila, in order to share information and detect commercial fraud and money laundering in trade transactions. […]

United Nations; United States: California Water Rights Law Lauded

(Oct. 3, 2012) On September 25, 2012, the state of California issued a new law on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. (Assembly Bill 685 (Sept. 25, 2012), OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION.) Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed the bill on the same day. (Press Release, Office of Governor Edmund […]

Mexico; United States: Memorandum of Cooperation on Methamphetamine Production

(Sept. 6, 2012) On August 23, 2012, drug enforcement authorities from the <?United States and Mexico announced the signature of a memorandum of cooperation(MOC)between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican government to combat unlawful methamphetamine production. (Press Release, DEA, DEA and Mexico Announce Further Steps to Combat Meth Production (Aug. 23, […]