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Russia: Commercial and Private Drones to Be Outlawed in Moscow

(June 25, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation passed at the first reading amendments to the country’s Air Code, which, upon their adoption, will establish regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (Bill No. 752189-6 on Amending the Air Code of the Russian Federation […]

China: Administrative Procedure Law Revised

(Apr. 2, 2015) On November 1, 2014, the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China released a revised Administrative Procedure Law. The newly revised law will take effect on May 1, 2015. (Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui Guanyu Xiugai Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Xingzheng Susongfa de Jueding […]

Italy: Extension of Deadlines for Reorganization of Government Entities

(Feb. 4, 2015) Italy has passed additional legislation, effective on December 31, 2014, aimed at promoting efficiency and eliminating government bureaucracy. (Legislative Decree No. 192 of December 31, 2014, Extension of Deadlines Set in Several Laws (D.L. No. 192), GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 302, NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) D.L. No. 192 establishes a series of provisions extending […]

Indonesia: Government to Permit Extra Distribution of Subsidized Fuel

(Dec. 17, 2014) Indonesia’s government plans to issue a regulation that would permit the distribution of a greater quantity of fuel at subsidized prices, beyond the amount set in the 2014 state budget, should the need arise. The regulation would be in effect until the end of the year, and the fuel would be distributed […]

France: Law on Administrative Simplification Implemented

(Dec. 2, 2014) France has recently implemented a law reversing the presumption of denial that had applied in most dealings between the French administration and the public. Previously, the general rule was that a governmental agency was deemed to have refused a request if the agency had not responded within two months. (Mathilde Damgé, Administration: […]

Israel: Law on Inspection of Food Quality and Nutrition in Educational Institutions Passed

(Nov. 13, 2014) On July 28, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Food Quality and Proper Nutrition in Educational Institutions Inspection Law, 5774-2014 (Food Quality Law). (SEFER HAHUKIM [Book of Laws, SH] 5774 No. 2470 p. 762, Knesset website (Aug. 7, 2014).) The Law requires the Minister of Education, in consultation with the Minister […]

Egypt: Law Students Protest Ban on Being Hired as Prosecutors

(Oct. 31, 2014) On October 20, 2014, a group of law students who had been denied positions in Egypt’s public prosecution service filed a petition before the country’s administrative court to repeal the decision that had been issued by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary to exclude them. (The Educational Background of Parents Threatens the […]

Japan: Other Professionals Expand Practice Areas, Lawyers Displeased

(Sept. 17, 2014) Although the total number of lawyers (bengoshi) who can represent clients in the courts is small in Japan based on its population, there are many other types of legal professionals. Some of the types of legal professionals seem to be unique to Japan. (Colin P.A. Jones, A Guide to Navigating Japan’s Exotic […]

China: Provincial Family Planning Regulations Amended Allowing More Couples to Have a Second Child

(Aug. 6, 2014) In the first half of 2014, Chinese provinces have been amending their family planning regulations to allow married couples in which one parent is an only child themselves to have a second child. The previous rules allowed married couples to have a second child only if both the husband and wife were […]

China: Statistics on Family Planning Fines Released

(Aug. 4, 2014) On July 29, 2014, Guangdong Province reportedly issued an audit report on the collection and management of the social maintenance fee, a fine imposed on parents who have “out-of-plan” children. According to the news report, it was the first time Guangdong Province has made public such an audit. (Liu Hongcen, Guangdong Shouci […]