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Israel: Pilot Program for Biometric Identification

(Dec. 3, 2012) On November 28, 2012, the Joint Committee on Science and Technology, Internal Affairs and Environment along with the Constitution Law and Justice Committee (hereinafter the Joint Committee) of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) approved a decree authorizing the launching of a pilot program to evaluate “the practicality of enforcement of the Biometric Law, […]

Indonesia: New Province, Autonomous Regions Planned

(Oct. 24, 2012) Indonesia’s Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (House of Representatives) has agreed to a plan to form a new province, North Kalimantan. The new province will bring to 34 the total number of provinces in the country. North Kalimantan will comprise Tarakan, Nunukan, Malinau, Bulungan, and Tanah Tidung, five districts that are currently part of […]

Indonesia: Government Reform Proposed

(June 14, 2012) The Indonesian government has recently proposed three bills on administrative reform; they are now being discussed in the legislature. The bills cover the organization of the state apparatus, the civil service, and a government code of ethics. (Ridwan M. Sijabat, Government Makes Last Ditch Effort at Reform, THE JAKARTA POST (June 8, […]

Netherlands: Draft General Administrative Law Act Amendment Would Change State Liability for Damages to Individuals

(Mar. 14, 2012) The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause damage to individuals. (Algemene wet bestuursrecht (June 4, 1992), WETBOEK-ONLINE; Ministry of Justice, General Administrative Law […]

United Kingdom: Serious Organised Crime Agency Entitled to Civil Recovery of Money Laundering Proceeds

(Jan. 11, 2012) The High Court of England and Wales recently ruled that the civil recovery process used by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to take possession of property obtained from the proceeds or profits of money laundering or drug dealing is lawful, even if there has been no criminal conviction in the case. The […]

Indonesia: Village Government Bill

(Dec. 7, 2011) Indonesia has long been considering a law on village governance. The bill was dropped from the legislative agenda in 2009 for re-drafting and then was submitted anew in the national legislative program for the years 2009-2014, but has not been enacted. The purpose of the legislation is to improve the status of […]

China: New ID Card Law Requires Recording Fingerprints

(Nov. 4, 2011) On October 29, 2011, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted an amendment to the Resident Identity Card Law (ID Card Law) and republished the law. (Text of the revised ID Card Law [in Chinese], XINHUANET (Oct. 29, 2011).) Effective on January 1, 2012, the new law will require citizens […]

Mongolia: Smart ID Card System to Be Implemented

(May 11, 2011) The Mongolian Cabinet decided on March 9, 2011, to replace the country's personal identification card system with a new, electronic one. New, mandatory “smart” ID cards will have an embedded microchip containing all personal data, with biometric facial and fingerprint ID systems; the information will be stored in a database linked to […]

Brazil: New National ID Card Launched

(Jan. 4, 2011) On December 30, 2010, former Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and former Minister of Justice Luiz Paulo Barreto launched a new ID card, to be called the Civil Identity Registry (Registro de Identidade Civil – RIC), that will replace the current national identity document in Brazil. Lula's term of office […]

China: Revised Price Control Rules Provide Harsher Penalties for Price Manipulation

(Dec. 22, 2010) On December 4, 2010, the State Council of China published its decision to revise the Provisions on Administrative Penalties on Price Violations (Penalty Provisions), which was adopted by the executive meeting of the State Council on November 29, 2010. (State Council Decision on Revising the “Provisions on Admlinistrative Penalties on Price Violations” […]