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United Nations; United States: First U.N. Investigation of Native American Rights

(Apr. 24, 2012) From April 23 to May 4, 2012, James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as Regents Professor and the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona, will conduct a U.N. investigation into the rights of Native Americans. […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Forfeited Funds

(Apr. 2, 2012) On March 26, 2012, it was announced that the United States and Mexican Attorneys General had signed a letter of intent whereby the United States will share about $6 million in forfeited money resulting from an anti-money laundering operation with Mexico's Department of Justice, in order to bolster Mexican operations aimed at […]

Canada; Mexico; United States: Nuclear Security Agreement

(Apr. 2, 2012) On March 26, 2012, it was announced that the United States, Mexico, and Canada have completed the implementation of an agreement whereby these countries, along with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), collaborated on the conversion of fuel in a Mexican research reactor from highly enriched to low enriched uranium. (Press Release, […]

United States: Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Spanish Law Applies in a Corporate Law Dispute

(Mar. 2, 2012) The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the law of Spain, rather than that of Delaware, applied in a case where a plaintiff corporation brought a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of a Delaware subsidiary of a Spanish parent corporation. Sagarra Inversiones, S.L. (Sagarra), a Spanish corporation, filed suit in Delaware Chancery […]

Mexico; United States: Training Program for Mexican Prosecutors

(Mar. 1, 2012) On February 7, 2012, Mexico's Attorney General started a program designed by the justice departments of Mexico and the United States aimed at providing training on criminal oral trials to Mexican federal prosecutors. The Mexican Attorney General indicated that the U.S. Department of Justice has extensive experience in this area, and therefore […]

European Union; United States: Joint Declaration Issued at Recent Summit

(Dec. 7, 2011) On November 28, 2011, during their annual summit, which was held in Washington, D.C., the leaders of the European Union and the United States met at the White House and issued a joint declaration. Both partners expressed their wish and commitment to explore new ways to improve their transatlantic relationship, generate new […]

Japan; United States: Reviewing Criminal Jurisdiction over Civilian Employees Under the Status of Forces Agreement

(Dec. 7, 2011) In January 2011, a 19-year old man was killed in a traffic accident that was caused by a United States civilian employed by the U.S. military stationed in Okinawa. The civilian employee was on his way home from a military base. Under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), he was considered […]

United States: Court Enjoins Florida Law Requiring Welfare Recipients to Take Drug Tests

(Nov. 9, 2011) The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has preliminarily enjoined a Florida law that required all applicants for certain types of government assistance to submit to drug testing. The court ruled that the law likely violates the right under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be […]

United States: New Jersey Supreme Court Revises Test for Admissibility of Eyewitness Identifications

(Sept. 15, 2011) In an August 24, 2011, ruling, State v. Henderson, the New Jersey Supreme Court revised the state's test for evaluating the trustworthiness and admissibility of eyewitness identifications in criminal proceedings. The due process clauses of the United States and New Jersey constitutions require evidence used in criminal trials to be reliable. In […]

Colombia; United States: Free Trade Agreement and Labor Issues

(Aug. 4, 2011) The United States and Colombia have negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA) whose ratification has been pending in the U.S. Congress since 2006. The suspended ratification of this FTA with Colombia can be attributed in some degree to political opposition from unions and human rights groups. The opposition is fundamentally based on […]